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