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About the Music Education Program

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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 and secondary schools. After earning an undergraduate degree in Music, one year of educational methods and successful teaching experience will provide the background required for you to earn your teaching license.

CHOICE OF CHORAL OR INSTRUMENTAL

Choral or instrumental licensure will depend on student background and student teaching experience. 

COMPREHENSIVE, THOROUGH

The Music Education Program combines a comprehensive preparation in teaching with extensive field and laboratory experiences. Contemporary educational thought and the best of educational practices are provided for each level of K-12 education.

We offer our Music Education teacher preparation / initial licensure M.A.Ed. program on our Blacksburg campus.

NOTE: This program is intended for those students who have completed the pre-requisite Bachelor of Arts in Music.

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WHAT YOU'LL STUDY

Foundation courses for teacher candidates in all licensure areas (Educating Exceptional Learners, Schooling in American Society, Psychological Foundations of Education, and Comprehending Processes and Reading in the Content Areas) can be completed in the senior year and/or Summer semesters. Fall and Spring courses include specific pedagogy for the teaching of music and field experiences.

Students complete a field experience accompanied by supervision from Virginia Tech faculty. Student teaching is also completed with supervision. Cooperating Teachers are selected and trained in supervision, so students experience an environment balanced with challenge and support.

All students must pass Praxis II - Music: Content Knowledge (test code 5113) before they start student teaching.

Foundations

  • EDCI 5104: Schooling in American Society
  • EDCI 5264: Comprehending Processes and Reading in the Content Areas
  • EDCI 5554: Educating Exceptional Learners Across the Lifespan
  • EDEP 5154: Psychological Foundations of Education

Research

  • EDRE 5404: Foundations of Educational Research and Evaluation

Concentration

  • EDCI 5704: Contemporary Issues in Music Education
  • EDCI 5724: Teaching in Middle and Secondary Schools I
  • EDCI 5744: Teaching in Middle and Secondary Schools II
  • EDCI 5754: Internship in Education
  • EDCI 5964: Field Studies in Education

Course Descriptions

Emphasizes applying human learning and developmental theories to classroom settings including school learning theories, child and adolescent cognitive development, instructional strategies, classroom management, student motivation, and learning assessment strategies. Graduate Standing Required. Admission in a graduate teacher education program or instructor permission required.

  • Credit Hour(s): 3
  • Lecture Hour(s): 3
  • Level: Graduate
  • Instruction Type(s): Lecture, Online Lecture
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A study of the people and forces that impact on American education, analyzing the social setting of schooling and the relationships among school, curriculum, clients, personnel, and culture.

  • Credit Hour(s): 3
  • Lecture Hour(s): 3
  • Level: Graduate
  • Instruction Type(s): Lecture, Online Lecture
  • Prerequisite(s): null null
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Explores basic processes involved in comprehension: the role of concepts about text structure, task demands, and the role of the reader; includes teaching strategies for comprehending and using information in content area texts and in job related materials.

  • Credit Hour(s): 3
  • Lecture Hour(s): 3
  • Level: Graduate
  • Instruction Type(s): Lecture, Online Lecture
  • Prerequisite(s): null null
  • Corequisite(s):

Analysis of purpose, rationale, and foci of educational programs, and related services for individuals with special needs. Identification of characteristics associated with each exceptionality. Review of procedures for assessment, eligibility decisions, and the development of individualized educational programs. Overview of selected instructional strategies, environmental adaptations, and special materials. Examination of findings concerning program efficacy.

  • Credit Hour(s): 3
  • Lecture Hour(s): 3
  • Level: Graduate
  • Instruction Type(s): Lecture, Online Lecture
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Selective study and analysis of historical and recent curriculum trends and materials; discussion and evaluation of research. Focus on socio-cultural, equity, philosophical, learner-centered, curriculum, assessment, technology, and critical pedagogical perspectives within K-12 music education. Pre: Graduate standing.

  • Credit Hour(s): 3
  • Lecture Hour(s): 3
  • Level: Graduate
  • Instruction Type(s): Lecture, Online Lecture
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Introduces concepts and methods that enhance the teaching of specific academic disciplines (English, history and social sciences, science, mathematics, foreign languages, and music) in combination with a field studies course.

  • Credit Hour(s): 3
  • Lecture Hour(s): 3
  • Level: Graduate
  • Instruction Type(s): Lecture, Online Lecture
  • Prerequisite(s):
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Intensive instruction in methods of teaching an academic discipline (English, history and social science, science, mathematics, foreign languages, and music). Emphasis on classroom management, use of instructional technology, planning and delivery.

  • Credit Hour(s): 3
  • Lecture Hour(s): 3
  • Level: Graduate
  • Instruction Type(s): Lecture, Online Lecture
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Student participation in a planned clinical experience under supervision of a university staff member in an appropriate work center.

  • Credit Hour(s): 1 TO 12
  • Lecture Hour(s): 1 TO 12
  • Level: Graduate
  • Instruction Type(s): Lecture, Online Lecture
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Applied study in one or more educational institutions. Research, evaluation, curricular, and instructional projects are examples of appropriate projects of study. The student is graded on the basis of the design of the project and ability to carry it through and report the results.

  • Credit Hour(s): 1 TO 19
  • Lecture Hour(s): 1 TO 19
  • Level: Graduate
  • Instruction Type(s): Lecture, Online Lecture
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