MMEd and Certification Program Structure


Master of Music Education and Certification candidates have the opportunity to pursue a graduate degree in music educaton while completing the necessary coursework to satisfy the requirements for teaching licensure in the state of Illinois. Candidates typically complete coursework for licensure during the fall and spring semesters, and complete graduate degree requirements during the summer semesters.

Master of Music Education and Certification Curriculum

The graduate curriculum consists of:

  • A set of core requirements that all candidates complete.
  • Courses that are organized for a particular course of study in either band, choral or string music education.
  • A Master’s Project, Lecture/Recital or Lecture/Demonstration.
  • A Written Comprehensive Examination or Professional Teaching Portfolio.

Certification requirements consist of:

  • General education courses
  • Professional education requirements (including the student teaching experience)
  • Comprehensive Performance Examinations
  • 100 hours of pre-clinical experiences
  • ISBE tests – Test of Academic Proficiency, Music Content Area, and Assessment of Professional Teaching

VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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