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Music (Choral or Instrumental) Licensure Program K-12

*M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction


M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

Provides the requirements for Virginia licensure in Music Education. It is designed for students who have completed a Bachelor's degree in Music as well as some additional required experiences.

Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus, Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

Program Overview

The Music Education program is a Master’s program that prepares students for high-demand careers as music teachers with a license to teach in elementary or secondary schools. After earning an undergraduate degree in Music, one year of educational methods and successful experience with supervision will provide the background required for you to earn your license.


Why choose this program?

  • The Virginia Tech Music Education program provides Master’s students with a strong background in learning, pedagogy, and assessment in small classes. Contemporary educational thought and the best of education practice are provided for each level of K-12 education.
  • The SOE educational values of Equity and Access, Reflective Practice, and Learner Centeredness are modeled and developed throughout the program.

What You'll Study

Foundation courses for teacher candidates in all licensure areas (Exceptional Learners, Schooling in American Society, Psych Foundations, and Comprehension and Content Reading) can be completed in the senior year and/or summer. Fall and Spring courses include specific pedagogy for the teaching of Music and field experiences. Students complete a Field Experience, usually in a Middle School in the Fall, accompanied by supervision from VT faculty. Students complete student teaching, usually in a High School in the Spring, also with supervision. Cooperating Teachers are selected and trained in supervision, so students experience an environment balanced with challenge and support. Choral or Instrumental licensure will depend on student background and student teaching experience. Elementary experience has been gained through the undergraduate program. 

The VT School of Education Music Education program has a five-year record of 100% job placement of graduates. This is based on the reputation and accomplishments of our previous graduates, as well as the fact that the VT program has more hands-on experience than any other program in the region. Our students interview with confidence based on their education and their experiences. The majority of the graduates seek and earn positions in secondary schools, some also join the profession at elementary schools. Music education careers vary with the size of the school, which determines the extent of the music program. Music Educators also find careers outside of K-12 schools, in a variety of arts venues. 

  • To be eligible for regular admission status, applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA (last 60 hours of coursework) and a B.A. Transcript reviews of applicants with Music degrees from other colleges should provide evidence that the programs meet specific content requirements; otherwise, candidates will need to take additional coursework as part of the licensure program.
  • Register for and pass all required tests (Praxis Core, Praxis II, VCLA).  Passing scores on all tests are required for full admission into the program and student teaching. All scores (or other state-approved scores) should accompany the graduate school application, due December 1st, Fall of senior year. Students can pass out of the Praxis core exam with a state-approved SAT or ACT scores. See advisor or Dawn Knight to have your scores checked.
  • Current VT undergraduate students must pass Praxis II - Music: Content Knowledge (test code 5113) by the senior year and passing scores must be with their application to the Graduate program.  Students may be provisionally accepted into the MAED program if they do not have scores when they apply but will not be permitted to continue into the Master's year unless their passing Praxis II scores have been received. This allows appropriate and necessary time for placements to be requested and secured for the field teaching in the Fall.

      Learn more

There is a discount for in-state K-12 teachers; use this application form in order to receive the reduced costs. Otherwise, as with on-campus students, we refer you to the VT Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for information on financial assistance. Generally, distance learners may qualify for federal loans if they take 5 or more credit hours per semester.

Find out what loans are available as a graduate student and other opportunities.

Students enter the program either through dual or accelerated status in the spring semester of their senior year or in the summer. The deadline for applications is December 1.

Dr. Catheryn Shaw Foster
Program Leader
330 Sterrett Drive Suite 201
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Dr. Catheryn Shaw Foster
Program Leader
330 Sterrett Drive, Suite 201
Blacksburg, VA 24061

School of Education (SOE) Programs

Faculty Experts in Music Education