Admission Requirements

Applicants to the DePaul music teacher certification program must meet the following standards:

  • Undergraduate degree in music
  • Grade Point Average of 2.75 or higher
  • Recommendations from two individuals familiar with the candidate’s potential as a teacher
  • Music audition

Program of Study 

All certification students must meet the core requirements of the undergraduate students in music education.  Certification students take courses in four basic areas:  music, liberal studies, music education, and education.  A transcript review will be done by the music education department, to determine any deficiencies in any of these areas of study.  Substitutions will be determined by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs where appropriate.

Music Courses

  • Applied music study (2 years)
  • Musicianship/music theory and history (2 years)
  • Aural training (2 years)
  • Keyboard skills (2 years)
  • Conducting (1 course)
  • Music Traditions (world music and jazz)
  • Ensemble (4 years)

Liberal Studies

  • Writing (8 credits)
  • Math (4 credits)
  • Science, lab or quantitative (4 credits)
  • American government (4 credits)
  • American history (4 credits)

Music Education (V=vocal specialization, I=instrumental specialization)

Professional Education

MED 306

INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC EDUCATION

This course is designed to introduce music students to music education in k-12 settings. Students will learn about the different contexts where music is taught, learning modalities and applications in music classrooms, classroom management, and state and national standards for the arts. Course content will include readings, observations, and peer teaching.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

MED 303

ELEMENTARY VOCAL-GENERAL METHODS & LAB

This course is designed to introduce music education students to the world of the elementary general music classroom. Students will develop the skills and fundamental knowledge to function effectively in this environment. Course content includes readings, practical experiences in the field, peer teaching, self-evaluation, and work using a digital portfolio platform.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Music Education student who has passed the petition to major is a prerequisite for this class.

MED 304

MIDDLE SCHOOL VOCAL METHODS AND LAB

The course is designed to prepare music education majors to teach music in a middle school/junior high school setting. Students will learn how to design a vocal music program, including both general music and chorus. More specifically, the course will address 1) the adolescent personality, middle school philosophy, and emerging musical knowledge and skills, 2) choral music repertoire, the changing voice, and rehearsal techniques, and 3) general music curriculum and assessment, classroom management, and the use of technology for middle schools. As part of the course, students will be required to observe and interact with middle school general music classrooms and choruses. This course is required for all vocal music education majors.
Prerequisites:
MED 303 is a prerequisite for this class.

MED 300

ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL INSTRUMENTAL METHODS & LAB

This course will serve to introduce students to the practical and philosophical aspects of teaching instrumental music at the elementary and middle school levels. Topics included will be: philosophies of teaching; comprehensive musicianship through performance (CMP); organization and administration of the instrumental music program; planning and curriculum; assessment; evaluation and measurement of teaching and learning; instructional and source materials; methods and techniques of instruction; observation of teaching situations. Students will review method books and literature, develop lesson and rehearsal plans, create assessments, and conduct visiting ensembles.
Prerequisites:
MED 303 is a prerequisite for this class.

MED 305

SECONDARY VOCAL METHODS AND LAB

This course is designed to introduce music students to music education in k-12 settings. Students will learn about the different contexts where music is taught, learning modalities and applications in music classrooms, classroom management, and state and national standards for the arts. Course content will include readings, observations, and peer teaching.
Prerequisites:
MED 303 is a prerequisite for this class.

MED 308

ACCOMPANYING FOR THE MUSIC EDUCATOR

The objectives of this course are to help students further develop practical keyboard facility and keyboard musicianship skills, reinforce musical and theoretical concepts presented in Musicianship classes, improve facility of reading piano music, establish keys of pieces by preparing scales, arpeggios, and chord progressions, and combine all of the above in teaching more effectively and confidently with good piano accompaniment for classroom/choral teaching.
Prerequisites:
A petition to major is a prerequisite for this class.

MED 301

SECONDARY INSTRUMENTAL METHODS AND LAB

The purpose of this course is to prepare students for secondary levels of instrumental music instruction. Primary goals include administrative responsibilities, teaching techniques, use of appropriate classroom materials (including repertoire selection), and appropriate means of student evaluation.
Prerequisites:
MED 300 is a prerequisite for this class.

MED 310

MUSIC EDUCATION FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD

A survey course highlighting special education mandates that affect music educators, including profiles of giftedness and various areas of disability. Alternative teaching strategies and classroom management techniques are also addressed. Teaching observations are a required component of this course.
Prerequisites:
MED 303 is a prerequisite for this class.

MED 325

TECHNOLOGY FOR MUSIC EDUCATORS

This course will acquaint the music education major with a variety of music technology hardware and software applications, which may be used effectively for instruction in the music classroom and studio. Developing lesson plans and projects are required components of this course.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Music Education student or an Undergraduate Music Education major with a completed petition to major is a prerequisite for this class.

MED 340

CONDUCTING FOR THE MUSIC EDUCATOR

This course will equip the music educator with the preliminary abilities to teach from the podium (i.e. in a performance ensemble setting). It will provide a sequential and methodical approach to the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are necessary for effective and efficient teaching in the performing ensemble classroom.
Prerequisites:
A petition to major in Music Education is a prerequisite for this class.

MED 121

CLASS GUITAR

This course focuses on the fundamentals of guitar performance and pedagogy. Students learn how to teach group guitar classes and accompany classroom teaching.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

MED 196

CLASS VOICE

Open only to School of Music students. A developmental approach to singing that emphasizes a healthy approach to the child?s singing voice, as well as the development of the participants? vocal skills.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

MED 101

BRASS I

Trumpet and french horn. This course focuses on the fundamentals of instrumental performance, pedagogy, and other related information. Open only to School of Music students.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

MED 102

BRASS II

Trombone, euphonium and tuba. This course focuses on the fundamentals of instrumental performance, pedagogy, and other related information. Open only to School of Music students.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

MED 103

WOODWINDS I

Clarinet and saxophone. This course focuses on the fundamentals of instrumental performance, pedagogy, and other related information. Open only to School of Music students.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

MED 104

WOODWINDS II

Oboe and bassoon. This course focuses on the fundamentals of instrumental performance, pedagogy, and other related information. Open only to School of Music students.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

MED 105

STRINGS I

Violin and viola. This course focuses on the fundamentals of instrumental performance, pedagogy, and other related information. Open only to School of Music students.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

MED 107

PERCUSSION I

This course focuses on the fundamentals of instrumental percussion performance, pedagogy, and other related information. Open only to School of Music students.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

MED 106

STRINGS II

Cello and string bass. This course focuses on the fundamentals of instrumental performance, pedagogy, and other related information. Open only to School of Music students.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

MED 313

CHORAL LITERATURE

This course will provide students with a practical introduction to the various types of choral literature available for elementary, middle school and high school vocal ensembles. Topics will include music source information, listening, octavo study and evaluation, and the development of the students? personal musicianship through ear training.
Prerequisites:
A petition to major is a prerequisite for this class.

MED 108

PERCUSSION II

This course focuses on the continued study of instrumental percussion performance, pedagogy, and other related information. Open only to School of Music students.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Music student is a prerequisite for this class.

MED 95

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH

Required of all music education students. Observations and participation experience with children and youth in a school or agency. This course is a prerequisite for student teaching and related professional courses. This course serves as a pre-requisite for MED 392.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Music Education student who has passed the petition to major is a prerequisite for this class.

MED 392

STUDENT TEACHING

A variety of supervised and directed experiences in the teaching of music in elementary and secondary schools. The teaching in schools is supplemented with conferences, evaluations, and seminars. COREQUISITE(S): MED 393.
Prerequisites:
MED 300, MED 303, MED 306, MED 310, MED 095 and status as a Music Education major is a prerequisite for this class.

MED 393

STUDENT TEACHING SEMINAR

A seminar meeting will be held every week for the purpose of sharing experiences and discussing challenges. In addition, important certification and graduation requirements will be covered. School of Music faculty will host these meetings. COREQUISITE(S): MED 392.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Music Education student who has passed the petition to major is a prerequisite for this class.

SCU 207

SOCIAL AND HISTORICAL ISSUES IN EDUCATION

This course examines through an interdisciplinary framework sociological and historical issues and concerns associated with the relationship between education and public life. The course analyzes education as a form of cultural power, addressing its political and ideological effects. Emphasis will be placed upon the social and historical meanings and purposes assigned to education, especially as it pertains to questions of race, gender, sexuality, and the political economy of class.

SCU 336

ADOLESCENT AND ADULT GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

Theories of development throughout adolescence including current issues of problems and growth crises in attaining maturation. The course also includes adult and aging life span considerations. Emphasis is placed on the role of the early childhood professional in interaction with adults in the lives of young children (i.e., parents, grandparents).

PSY 303

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

Principles of development from conception through maturity. May only be taken for credit toward psychology major by students in the Comprehensive Evening Program. May be taken as general elective by all students.
Prerequisites:
PSY 105 or PSY 106 is a prerequisite for this class.

LSE 380

PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES IN EDUCATION

This course is a critical inquiry to major philisophical writings in education. This course satisfies the philosophical inquiry requirement. PREREQUISITE(S): PHL 100; SCU 207 highly recommended.

MED 109

WOODWINDS III

Flute. This course focuses on the fundamentals of instrumental performance, pedagogy, and other related information.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Music student is a prerequisite for this class.