Admissions

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 teacher certification students must meet the core requirements of the undergraduate students in music education.  Teacher 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 for 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)
  • Science, lab or quantitative (4)
  • American government (4)
  • American history (4)

Music education (V=vocal specialization only, I=instrumental specialization only)

  • MED 306, Introduction to Music Education (2 credits)
  • MED 303, Elementary Vocal General Music Methods (4)
  • MED 304 Middle School Vocal General Music Methods (2), V
  • MED 300, Elementary Instrumental Music Methods (4)
  • MED 305, Secondary Vocal Music Methods (2), V
  • MED 308, Accompanying for the Music Educator (2), V
  • MED 301, Secondary Instrumental Music Methods (2), I
  • MED 310, Music for the Exceptional Child (4)
  • MED 325, Conducting for the Music Educator (2)
  • MED 340, Technology for the Music Educator (2)
  • MED 121, Class Guitar (1)
  • MED 196, Class Voice (1)
  • Instrumental techniques classes (4 for V, 8 for I):
    • Instrumental Specialization
      • MED 101 Brass I, MED 102 Brass II, MED 103 Woodwinds I, MED 104 Woodwinds II, MED 109 Woodwinds III, MED 107 Percussion I, MED 105 Strings I, MED 106 Strings II
    • Voice Specialization
      • MED 101 Brass I or MED 102 Brass II
      • MED 103 Woodwinds I, MED 104 Woodwinds II, or MED 109 Woodwinds III
      • MED 105 Strings I
      • MED 107 Percussion I
  • MED 313, Choral Literature (2), V
  • MED electives (4 for V, 6 for I)
  • MED 095 (0)
  • MED 392, Student Teaching (12)
  • MED 393, Student Teaching Seminar (0)

Professional education

  • SCU 207, Social and Historical Foundations of Education (4)
  • SCU 336 or PSY 303, Human Growth and Development (4)
  • LSE 380, Philosophical Foundations of Education (4)