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Teacher Certification Entitlement Program

How to Apply

Minimum requirements
  • A bachelor's degree in music from an accredited college or university or a minimum of 60 credits in undergraduate music coursework.

  • A minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or higher. (Note: Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 may still apply but may be required to take the GRE exam in addition to the regular application requirements.)

Application Materials
  • An essay relating your philosophy of music education.

  • A current résumé

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended, including any previously earned graduate credit.

Acceptance is further contingent on an audition.

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.

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