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Advising for Music Education Students

Suggestions for successful completion of your degree program:

Start to think & observe "as a teacher." How do your instructors deliver instruction, engage students, and assess learning? Ask yourself: what kind of teacher do I want to be? Do grades matter? YES! You must earn a "C" or higher in WRTG 121, CTAC 124, quantitative reasoning, lab science, and pre-COE courses MUED 180, EDPS 322 & SPGN 251. Best advice: never get any grade less than a "C"! Something or someone inspired you along the way to choose music education as a career. You must love both music and kids to survive in this discipline. Hours after the other teachers in your building have gone home, you'll still be there . . . rehearsals, fundraising, instrument repairs, concert programs, etc. Be certain of why you have chosen to be a music teacher because music impacts lives.

After Freshman year:

  • As soon as 30+ credits are earned, sign up for the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification Professional Readiness Examination. (MTTC) You MUST PASS all three sections (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) of this test to be admitted to COE.
  • Try practice test questions, especially brush up on math concepts, there's a new book for test preparation: The Best Teacher's Test Prep for the MTTC
  • Consider taking SPGN 251 and EDPS 322 before formal admission to the teacher education program. By the time you take EDPS 322, you should have already taken the MTTC Professional Readiness Examination.

After Sophomore year:

Once you have earned 56 credits (at least 12 earned at EMU), you should apply to the Teacher Preparation Program in the College of Education.

Minimum Admission Criteria to the College of Education:
  • A minimum EMU grade point average of 2.5
  • A minimum major or three minors grade point average of 2.5
  • Demonstrated competence in:
    • speaking effectiveness as determined by successful completion of one or two courses in speech with a minimum grade of C.
    • reading ability as determined by EMU admission policies and successful completion of Basic Studies Program requirements.
    • written expression as determined by a review of student's writing submitted as a part of the Teacher Preparation Program admission procedure.
    • arithmetical computation as determined by EMU admission policies and completion of Basic Studies Program requirements in lab science and mathematics with a grade of C or better.
  • Demonstration of:
    • satisfactory health status.
    • social and emotional adjustments; account is taken of standards of conduct expected on Eastern's campus, the degree to which students meet their academic, financial, moral, social, and other obligations, and practice good citizenship among fellow students.
    • Freedom from any kind of probation, administrative or academic. While on academic probation, students may not register for, remain in, or receive credit for a professional education course. This includes all methods classes listed by cross reference in departments,even though the courses also are listed by and taught in departments outside of the College of Education.
    • Satisfactory review of your criminal and civil conviction history
    • Passing Scores on all sections of the MTTC Professional Readiness Examination

After Admission to the College of Education:

  • Start taking Professional Studies courses (follow the sequence shown in the catalog):
    • MEDV (Vocal Music Education): MUSC 330 & 331
    • MEDI (Instrumental Music Education): MUSC 332 & 333 or 334
  • Take SPGN 251 and EDPS 322 PRIOR to Methods.
  • During junior year (or when enrolled in Methods) plan to take MTTC Subject Area test at the April/July testing. Music teacher certification requires passing of MTTC Test #99—Music. Take this before student teaching.
  • Pre-student teaching observation hours: 100 hours of pre-student teaching with K-12 populations completed prior to applying for student teaching. 60 "structured" hours will be included in the methods courses (MUSC 330-334), 40 hours are "on your own." All hours must be earned within 3 calendar years of when you plan to student teach and MUST BE DOCUMENTED in the FEME booklet--log pages. See music education faculty regarding hours and sites.
  • Complete all required music courses.
  • Certification is recommended by EMU and requires passing grades "SC" in both EDUC 496 & 497; a final criminal background check; completion of all degree requirements; proof of CPR training (Red Cross); and your MTTC Test #99—Music score.
  • It takes the state a while to issue certificates so know that EMU issues a "90 day letter" verifying your status in the event you get a job offer or wish to sub.
  • Your Music Teaching Certificate (JQ) certifies you to teach any music offering: general, vocal, or instrumental in a K-12 setting. LEARN ALL YOU CAN WHILE AT EMU!
  • Request your student teaching assignment by due dates
    • Fall Student Teaching - January 15
    • Winter Student Teaching – June 15

Certification Exams:

In order to be certified in the state of Michigan, students in all curricula must pass the appropriate subject area from the Michigan teacher Certification Examination. Instrumental and Vocal students must pass the music subject area examination, which is given four times a year. Apply through the College of Education. The subject area examination may be taken concurrently with the Basic Skills exam, but most students take the subject area exam while Student Teaching.







The School of Music & Dance is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold • Faculty Resources