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Bachelor of Music Education (BMEd)

The BMEd degree program is a comprehensive course of study designed to prepare candidates to become eligible to apply for an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Professional Educator License with a Special K-12 Endorsement in Music. A minimum of 135 credit hours is distributed between General Education, Fundamentals and Theory, Professional Education Music Education, and Applied Music. Though candidates declare an instrumental or choral track, all candidates are thoroughly trained in instrumental, choral and general music education.

Upon completion, graduates will have fulfilled all academic requirements necessary to earn the Illinois Professional Educator License with a Special K-12 Endorsement in Music. Candidates must also pass all ISBE teacher certification requirements before completing their degree and becoming certified to teach.

Please note: Teaching licensure in Illinois requires proof of U.S. citizenship or verification of the right to work in the U.S. (e.g., green card, H-1 visa, etc.).  All applicants will be asked to affirm that they will attend VanderCook as a U.S. citizen, a legal resident of the U.S., or on a valid F-1 student visa.



Bachelor of Music
(Pre-Certification) (BMpc)

The BMpc degree program is available to students interested in completing their degree through VanderCook's comprehensive curriculum. The pre-certfication degree option retains all the curricular requirements of the BMEd degree, with the exception of four six-week senior seminar courses and the student teaching experience. All institutional assessments, pre-clinical experiences and internal benchmarks are identical to those required for the BMEd degree. The minimum credit hours necessary for completion is 128.5.

Candidates who earn this degree may, at a later time, complete the necessary coursework and student teaching requirements to earn entitlement for teaching licensure. Although program advisement occurs between the candidate and undergraduate dean, it is ultimately the candidate's responsibility to keep an accurate record of his or her progress toward completion. A tracking form is available to aid candidates in planning their course of study.



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Chicago, IL 60616-3731
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