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Graduate Diploma in Music Education Leading to Initial Licensure in Music K-12

Key Policies

  • Students in this program are full-time when they are enrolled for a minimum of 8 credits in a summer semester and 3 credits during the fall or spring semesters.
  • Students must earn at least a B- in all courses taken for graduate credit for those courses to count toward the diploma.
  • At matriculation, students sit for a Music Theory Proficiency Examination through which they may demonstrate appropriate knowledge of harmony and counterpoint, as well as sight singing and music reading skills. Any deficiencies revealed by the examination shall be remedied through available course work and/or further, personal study.
  • Students also take a Keyboard Proficiency Examination at matriculation administered by the Department of Music Education. Those who don’t succeed on the first attempt enroll in Piano Class during the subsequent academic year (or take piano privately) to develop the needed skills.
  • Non-native English speakers are evaluated upon matriculation and may be required to take specific English as a second language course work as part of their program. Students taking ESL are permitted to take certain courses in performance, but are not permitted to enroll in Introduction to Graduate Studies or Music History seminars until they have achieved sufficient written and speaking competencies in English. Master’s students assigned to ESL courses are required to complete the second semester of advanced ESL with a B- or better.
  • No more than 8 credits earned (with grade of B- or above) at other institutions may be accepted toward the diploma. Acceptance of transfer credit is by approval of the Dean following an appropriate recommendation by the Department Chair.
  • The Chair of the Music Education may choose to waive required courses based on demonstrated knowledge and skills or based on successful completion (with a grade of B- or above) of equivalent courses in an undergraduate program
  • All courses required for licensure must be completed within four years from the date of matriculation. All course requirements must be completed within five years from that date.
  • To earn Initial Licensure students must pass the Massachusetts Educator Licensure Test (MTEL) in Communication Skills and Literacy and one in Subject Matter Knowledge. These exams shall normally be completed prior to admission to the practicum semester.
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