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Teacher Certification Entitlement Program

The transformation from music professional to professional music educator starts here! 

The Teacher Certification Entitlement Program (TCEP) was designed for candidates who have earned a baccalaureate degree in music and wish to earn a certificate to teach in the public schools. Although the Master of Music Education and Certification (MCert) program is an option for many candidates (completing the requirements for teacher certification while earning the master of music education degree), some are only interested in earning a teaching certificate without pursuing a graduate degree in music education.

TCEP candidates are able to transfer some coursework from their undergraduate institutions to satisfy many of the requirements. The Graduate Dean works with candidates to prepare a detailed, individualized course plan, allowing you to see what classes have transferred in as well as what coursework is outstanding. Outstanding coursework is plotted semester-by-semester so that you’ll know when you’ll complete the program before classes even begin.

Contact Admissions for more information at 312.788.1120 or [email protected].

How Do I Apply?

Applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

Application Materials

Acceptance is further contingent on an audition.

How do I pay for college and when should I apply?

VanderCook College of Music works tirelessly to keep tuition costs lower than other schools, however, it can still be difficult to fund your education. 100% of our undergraduate students receive institution aid. Over 90% are awarded financial assistance. Contact our financial aid office to develop a plan that works for you. Are you ready to begin your journey at VanderCook? Apply now and follow all admissions requirements and timelines. Stay connected to VanderCook through our social media links and events calendar.

Student Resources

2021-2022 College Catalog

2021-2022 Student Handbook

Performance Opportunities

You will perform over 20 times a year!

As a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Concert Choir, String Orchestra, Collegiate Chorale, Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Band, you will perform over 20 times a year on campus and throughout the city of Chicago.

Schedule a Campus Visit or Audition

Contact Admissions at
312.788.1120 or

The Midwest Clinic

VanderCook co-founded The Midwest Clinic: an international band and orchestra conference held in Chicago with more than 18,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 40 countries.  Throughout the history of The Midwest Clinic, VanderCook is the only college Symphonic Band invited to perform every year.

Chicago at Your Fingertips

Attending VanderCook gives you instant access to many of the city’s most famous and important cultural landmarks, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Art Institute of Chicago, Navy Pier and the Lyric Opera – all just minutes away from campus by bus, train or bike. All undergraduates receive a Ventra card for unlimited access to CTA trains and buses during the fall and spring semesters.

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The mission of VanderCook College of Music is to enrich the lives of present and future generations by developing uniquely skilled music teachers who exhibit strong character, professionalism, and a commitment to excellence.

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