Graduate Certificate in Pre-K–12 Music Teaching

The Music Education Department offers a Graduate Certificate program for qualified post-baccalaureate students who are interested in receiving initial licensure in Pre-K–12 Music Education. The program provides students who have a previous degree in music with the skills and knowledge needed to teach music in schools.

The program learning outcomes are aligned with the criteria for the Candidate Assessment of Performance, which all prospective teachers must pass during their practicum. Specifically, those completing the certificate will be able to: 

  • Develop well-structured lessons with challenging, measurable objectives and appropriate student engagement strategies, pacing, sequence, activities, materials, resources, technologies, and grouping.
  • Organize and analyze results from a variety of assessments to determine progress toward intended outcomes and uses these findings to adjust practice and identify and/or implement appropriate differentiated interventions and enhancements for students.
  • Use appropriate practices, including tiered instruction and scaffolds, to accommodate differences in learning styles, needs, interests, and levels of readiness, including those of students with disabilities and English learners.
  • Use rituals, routines, and appropriate responses that create and maintain a safe physical and intellectual environment where students take academic risks and most behaviors that interfere with learning are prevented.
  • Effectively model and reinforce ways that students can master challenging material through effective effort, rather than having to depend on innate ability.
  • Regularly reflect on the effectiveness of lessons, units, and interactions with students, both individually and with colleagues, and uses insights gained to improve practice and student learning.

For those students successfully completing all the coursework in this certificate program, the Music Education Department, in cooperation with the Wheelock College of Education & Human Development, provides a recommendation for licensure to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Office of Educator Licensure. Students must also apply directly to the DESE and are required to take additional tests (Massachusetts Test for Educational Licensures [MTELs]) to secure licenses.

Requirements for licensure as a Teacher of Music, Grades Pre-K–12 are listed below. Please note, prior coursework may be submitted for review to determine equivalency. If determined to be equivalent, required courses listed may be waived as a part of the certificate program. At least 20 credits must be taken at Boston University.

Total Credits: 29

  • CFA ME 503* Introduction to Music Teaching & Learning (2 cr)
  • CFA ME 505 Elementary General Music Methods (4 cr)
  • CFA ME 507 Secondary General Music Methods (2 cr)
  • CFA ME 640** Music Education Lab Instrumental (twice) (6 cr)
  • CFA ME 641 Music Education Lab Choral (3 cr)
  • CFA ME 645* Technology for Musicians (2 cr)
  • SED DS 502*+ Adolescent Development for Educators (2 cr)
  • CFA ME 61X Choose two practica: K–5, 5–8, 8–12 (8 cr)

*Course may be waived if it is determined that prior coursework is equivalent.

**ME 640 is taken twice; it may be waived once if it is determined that prior coursework is equivalent.

+Students may substitute another child or adolescent development course with their advisor’s permission.