Music and Music Education EdM

Master of Education (Non-Certification)


The Master of Education degree (Ed.M.) in Music and Music Education is an advanced professional degree for practitioners in music education that is designed to prepare graduates for careers in elementary schools, secondary schools, and colleges. It is awarded upon satisfactory completion of 60 points of graduate study. Major emphasis is placed on the improvement of instruction and curriculum. Candidates who show clear promise of success in further graduate study may apply for the doctoral program.

Master of Education

  • Major Code: MUSC
  • Points/Credits: 60
  • Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer/Fall (Early): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): Rolling

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • None

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.

Master of Education (60 points)

Description:  The Master of Education degree (Ed.M.) in Music and Music Education is an advanced professional degree for practitioners in music education that is designed to prepare graduates for careers in elementary schools, secondary schools, and colleges. It is awarded upon satisfactory completion of 60 points of graduate study. Major emphasis is placed on the improvement of instruction and curriculum. Candidates who show clear promise of success in further graduate study may apply for the doctoral program.

Curriculum:  The general course requirement is a minimum of 60 graduate semester hours, 30 points of which may be transferred from graduate coursework at another institution. Transferable credits are determined by the Registrar’s office. Candidates who have earned a Master of Arts degree from Teachers College must complete at least 45 of the 60 graduate points at Teachers College.

Programs of study and courses for the degree are divided into four general areas. A program of study should reflect a balance of courses in these areas: (1) Pedagogy, (2) Research, (3) Music Literacies, and (4) Music Performance.

Non-Departmental Requirements:  In addition to the music program courses, each candidate is expected to complete three courses for a minimum of 8 points from outside the Programs in Music Education (A&HM). These electives are to be selected from areas deemed appropriate in consultation with the faculty advisor. A&H 4003, 5001, and 5002 can count as music electives but cannot be used to fulfill the College’s Breadth requirement.

Graduation Requirements:  Candidates for the Ed.M. degree must complete a scholarly paper demonstrating their ability to synthesize research.  The paper is usually completed in A&HM 5031 Synthesizing Research in Music Education (Prerequisite: A&H 5001 Research Methods in Arts Education), an online 3 point course.

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