Music and Music Education EdM Initial

Master of Education (Initial Certification)

* Program is not currently accepting applications.

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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Admissions Information

Master of Education

  • Points/Credits: 60
  • Entry Terms: Summer/Fall


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  • NY State Initial: Music Pre-K-12

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): April 15

* Program is not currently accepting applications.

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

Additional Notes

  • Applicants for the Master of Arts, Master of Arts - Initial Certification, Master of Arts - Professional Certification, and the Master of Education, must have an undergraduate degree with a major in music or music education, or an undergraduate degree with evidence of sufficient musical training and experience to qualify the student for graduate work in this field.
  • The Master of Arts and Master of Arts (Hybrid) programs do not lead to certification. Applicants should have initial certification or should not seek teacher certification.
  • The GRE is only required for students entering the teacher certification programs.
  • Master of Education - Initial Certification program applicants must hold a Master's degree in Music.

Additional Degree Information

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:

  1. All master's and doctoral students must enroll for a minimum of six (6) points per academic year. Students in summer MA intensive or summer doctoral cohort degrees must register for at least six (6) points during summer sessions. However, once a doctoral student is obligated for continuous doctoral dissertation advisement, students must satisfy the requirements for continuous registration as outlined in the College requirements.
  2. All masters and doctoral students must maintain a minimum of a "B" grade (exclusive of Pass/Fail courses) for each course registered through Teachers College.
  3. Students must remain in good academic standing by doing the following:
    • Maintain a minimum of "B" grades
    • Receive grades of "P" (progress) in research credits.
    • Maintain continuous enrollment
    • Doctoral students must pass all written and performance certification exams required for completion of the degree. Teacher College limits the number of retakes students have to pass a required exam part to one. (Please see the policy here:


    • Make satisfactory academic progress (SAP) toward completion of the degree during each academic year.

    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.

  4. Any requests for retroactive registration must receive the approval of the faculty advisor, Program Coordinator, and Department Chair before submission to the Office of Registrar.
  5. Ed.D. and Ed.D.C.T. students must complete all requirements for the Ed.D. within eight (8) years from their term of matriculation.
  6. Ed.D. and Ed.D.C.T. students must take the certification exam once they have completed 70 points of coursework (both Teachers College credits and those transferred in), or within two (2) years of term matriculation, whichever comes first. Students must complete the remaining minimum of 20 points toward their Ed.D. requirements within the initial period of certification (four to six years).
  7. Whether a student sits for the certification examination will be at the discretion of the student’s advisor. If the student has more than three (3) points of "Incomplete" grades, but the advisor does not believe this poses a problem, then the student may still sit for the certification exam. However, under Teachers College policy, any doctoral student who has six (6) or more points of "Incomplete" grades as part of the program of study may not sit for the certification examination.
  8. An Ed.D. and Ed.D.C.T.  student will be recommended for certification, for the purpose of determining when the obligation for continuous enrollment in doctoral dissertation advisement begins when they have passed all parts of the certification examination, has submitted a program plan, and has been formally recommended for certification by the program.
  9. After having passed part one of the certification examination, the student has a year to take the remaining steps to secure full certification, including completing the other parts of the certification examination and submitting a program plan.
  10. All Ed.D. and Ed.D.C.T. candidates must complete their degree requirements by the expiration date of their period of certification. Ed.D. and Ed.D.C.T.  candidates who have not completed their degree during this time, but have registered and completed a course during the last five years, may petition for an extension if they are in good academic standing (see 3. above) and have satisfied the College requirements for continuous enrollment for doctoral dissertation advisement, if applicable. Petitions for extensions may be obtained in the Office of Doctoral Studies.
  11. Students filling for an extension must:
    • Have adequate and acceptable reasons.
    • Have been registered and completed a course within the last five (5) years.
    • Provide a feasible plan for degree completion.
    • Obtain the approval of their faculty advisor, Program Director, and Department Chair. Any petitions not accompanied with appropriate approvals will be invalid.
    • Students filing petitions for extensions may be required to retake courses, or to undertake additional coursework, as specified by faculty advisor, Program Coordinator, and/or Department Chair.
    • Petitions for extensions must be filed within six (6) months of expiration of the certification period.
    • Students are limited to a maximum of two (2) petitions for extensions, which will not exceed more than two (2) years total.

Requirements from the TC Catalog

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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.

Curriculum Guide

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.

State Certification

All of the following:

  • A&HM 5022 Children’s Musical Development (prerequisite for 4021), 3 points*
  • A&HM 4021 Designing Musical Experience, 3 points* 
  • A&HM 5020 Foundations of Music Education, 3 points
  • A&HM 5025 Creativity and Problem Solving Music Ed (prerequisite for 5026), 3 points*
  • A&HM 5026 Composing Collaboratively Across Diverse Styles, 3 points*
  • A&HM 4029 New Technologies in Education, 2 points
  • Child Abuse Identification Workshop, 0 points 
  • Violence Prevention Workshop, 0 points
  • DASA Training, 0 points 
  • One Special Education Course in consultation with advisor*
  • C&T 4001 Differentiating Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms, 3 points
  • HBSE 4000 Introduction to Special Education, 3 points

Pedagogy (6 points)


  • A&HM 4033 Approaches to Teaching Musical Instruments, 2 points*
  • A&HM 4023 Choral Pedagogy, 2 points*

In consultation with advisor one of the following:

  • A&HM 4050 Strategies for Ensemble Rehearsal, 2 points*
  • A&HM 5023 Voice Pedagogy (or second applied lessons or secondary piano), 2 points*
  • A&HM 5021 Instrumental Experiences with Children 2 points*

Performance Requirement

Participation in a musical performance is required 

Courses marked with * must be completed prior to student teaching


Both of the following courses:

  • A&HM 4701 Student Teaching – Elementary, 3 points
  • A&HM 4711 Student Teaching – Secondary, 3 points

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.

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