The Master of Education degree (Ed.M.) leading toward initial New York State Teacher Certiﬁcation is a program designed for students with a graduate degree in music who wish to prepare for teaching in the public schools.
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In addition to Teachers College's policies for student progress and degree completion, students within the Program of Music and Music Education enrolled in a degree program in the department as of Fall Term 2021 or admitted later must meet the following requirements:
Failure to remain in good standing will result in students being placed on program academic probation for a period of one semester. If placed on academic probation students will be notified by their Advisor and the Registrar's office. Students will be restricted to part-time registration until their grades are above the minimum level. The intent of Academic Probation is to provide students the opportunity to raise their grades to minimum levels so that they may continue to pursue their academic goals. Once placed on academic probation, a student’s grades will be reviewed regularly based on academic level; master's students will be reviewed after completion of 6 credit hours and doctoral students after completion of 3 credit hours.
Master's students can be placed on academic probation no more than twice during their academic program. Placement on academic probation beyond the first time will be based on completing the previous academic probation period with grades above a B.
Doctoral students can be placed on academic probation only once during their academic program.
The Master of Education degree (Ed.M.) leading toward initial New York State Teacher Certification is a program designed for students with a graduate degree in music who wish to prepare for teaching in the public schools.
The minimum 60‑point degree program leads to both the Ed.M. degree and New York Teacher of Music Certification, PreK‑12. Students desiring state certification should identify themselves at their first registration and seek guidance from the initial certification advisor. All requirements for certification can be completed in the ED.M. Program if the candidate is identified at the first registration. Students in this Ed.M. program take coursework followed by carefully guided student teaching in schools that reflect the Music Program’s philosophy of authentic and relevant musical pedagogy. Students may transfer up to 30 points from previous graduate work. Please see the Office of Teacher Education website for specific certification requirements and exams for program completion and graduation.
In order to graduate, students must complete the necessary coursework, student teaching, and the summative project (electronic portfolio); they must also demonstrate competent musicianship in a musical performance.
All of the following:
Pedagogy (6 points)
In consultation with advisor one of the following:
Participation in a musical performance is required
Courses marked with * must be completed prior to student teaching
Both of the following courses:
Out of Program Courses
In consultation with your advisor, select courses (in addition to the Special Education course) for a minimum of 6 total points from the following programs or departments: Curriculum and Teaching, Developmental Psychology, Human Development or Sociology and Education
Portfolio Requirements for Initial Certification
Each student will create a professional electronic portfolio, completed in the final semester of student teaching. The electronic portfolio is expected to include artifacts and reflections from the duration of study. The Director of Initial Certification in Music and Music Education will provide all necessary details.