Aspects of the Program
The MA for Licensure (MAL) program is for individuals with an undergraduate degree in music (but not in music education) who wish to obtain a license to teach music in the public schools, while simultaneously pursuing the study of music education at the graduate level. Course requirements span 6 semesters and combine music education licensure courses (approximately 23 hours) and student teaching (12 hours) with graduate music and music education courses (30 hours). Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for an Ohio teacher license for Music P-12. Licensure may be transferred to other states. Students also will need to pass the Ohio Assessments for Educators exam and meet other state requirements for teacher licensure, such as passing a criminal background check.
Program highlights include a supportive, collegial community of scholars that helps provide personalized attention to students, as well as practical experience gained by working alongside faculty who are internationally recognized as teachers, conductors, researchers, and authors. Graduate assistants work closely with faculty in the areas of research, teaching, and ensemble conducting. Accepted students receive funding for tuition waivers and graduate assistantships.
Applicants for the MAL in Music Education must have at least a 3.0 GPA from a completed undergraduate degree program in music and evidence of strong written and spoken English skills. In addition to completing the online application to the university, prospective students also should provide a current resume and a writing sample. The writing sample should demonstrate strong scholarly potential in the area of music education. Possible samples could include a major paper from an undergraduate degree program or a statement of philosophy of music education. After an initial review of applicants, prospective students may be invited to campus for an audition and interview.
Each of the graduate programs in Music Education requires a final written project and subsequent oral examination of the materials. Preparation for this exam begins with the first class and extends through the entire course sequence. Coursework will provide students with a background in many topics as they relate to music, education, and other disciplines. The final written project offers an opportunity for students to explore topics more thoroughly and to demonstrate mastery of the degree content by transferring this cumulative knowledge to other music education and/or research environments.
The MAL comprehensive exam consists of two portions: (a) the creation of an application research paper based on existing literature in the field and (b) a music content application project that involves an analysis of choral or instrumental repertoire that would be used with a school ensemble. A subsequent oral presentation of these materials allows students to think critically on the spot and to apply degree content information to other areas by responding to questions and scenarios posed by faculty and peers. The comprehensive exam is completed in the fifth semester of study, which is the semester prior to student teaching.
Students should contact their academic advisor or the Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music Education and/or the Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies in Music Education for more information.