Master of Arts in Music with an Emphasis in Music Education

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The Master of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Music Education is designed for music educators seeking to extend their knowledge of teaching methodologies, pedagogy, and curriculum development. Elective courses are offered on a variety of topics including: teaching exceptional learners, music history, and theory. For students seeking Texas music teacher certification, we offer an option to complete the required coursework while simultaneously working on the M.A. in Music degree.

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

36 semester credit hours

Special requirement

A grade of A or B for courses to be counted toward the degree.

Final Examination

An oral examination will include a comprehensive review of the major area of emphasis, the culminating project,  and evaluation of musical styles. The result of the exam will be reported as:

  1. pass;
  2. not pass;
  3. deferral (exam may only be repeated once).

Master of Arts in Music with an Emphasis In Music Education Program of Study (36 semester credit hours)

Major Area
MU 5423Research in Music Education3
MU 5433Psychological Foundations of Music Education3
MU 5653History and Philosophy of Music Education3
MU 5663Seminar in Music Curriculum and Methodology3
Other Studies in Music
MU 5933Styles in Music3
Choose one of the following:3
Music Theory Pedagogy
Special Topics (Analytical Techniques)
Thesis or Professional Paper Options. Select one of the following options:6
Professional Paper Option
Professional Paper
Music Electives (3 credits)
Thesis Option
Select 12 semester credit hours from music or education.12
Total Semester Credit Hours36

MA in Music with an Emphasis in Education and EC-12 Teacher Certification

49 semester credit hours

Our master of arts (MA) degree in music with an emphasis in education offers a specialized track that leads to Texas teacher certification for grades K-12. Our program will provide you with the option of teaching instrumental or vocal music at the elementary or secondary level, and our comprehensive curriculum will prepare you for work as:

  • An elementary music specialist.
  • A middle or high school band, orchestra or choir director.

The elective semester credit hours from the major requirements above and the additional 13 semester credit hours for the certification must include:

Courses listed below must be used to satisfy above Elective requirements
EDUC 5113Foundations of Teaching and Learning3
EDUC 5123Learning Theory, Development, and Research3
EDUC 5131Technology in Assessment and Instruction1
EDUC 5133Assessment and Instructional Design and Delivery for Diverse Learners3
EDUC 5143Effective Design and Management of the Classroom Environment (EC-12)3
EDUC 5173Diversity in the Classroom3
READ 5543Literacy in the Content Areas3
Field-Based Experience
EDUC 5936Professional Internship6
Total Semester Credit Hours25

More information regarding the teacher certification process is available at College of Professional Education.