Coursework in the Music Education program is designed to provide a coherent learning experience that culminates in a successful student teaching semester. This program is completed in conjunction with the College of Music

Students applying to this program should have or be completing, a bachelor’s degree in Music (either BM or BA) from an accredited institution of higher education, before applying. Students should contact the Music Education Chair for more information if he or she does not have a bachelors degree in music. Associate Professor of Music Education and Music Education Chair, Margaret Berg.  Email: Phone: 303-735-5301.

Licensure applications that are received, will be reviewed by the School of Education and then forwarded to the College of Music for review. If a candiate meets the the College of Music's requirements, he or she will be notified to set up an interview and audition with the Music Education Chair. The Music Education Chair will submit a recommendation to the School of Education on the candidates behalf if they recommend the candidate for the Music Education Licensure program.

Music Education candidates must have a minimum 3.0 Music GPA.

The following Program of Studies Checklist shows the required courses for K-12 Music licensure seekers. 

Post-BA Program of Studies Checklist for Music Education

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the Music Education teacher education program is competitive and satisfying the minimum criteria does not guarantee acceptance. Please also note that some requirements will take longer than others to complete. All applicants should plan accordingly. To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following:

  1. Hold a Bachelor’s degree in Music (either BM or BA) from an accredited institution of higher education.
  2. Minimum 3.00 Content GPA
  3. Recommendation by the Music Education Chair
  4. At least 26 semester hours of college coursework completed or in progress
  5. 25 hours of youth interaction with children ages 5-18, within the past five years. Unacceptable experiences are any form of peer counseling performed in high school, any work as a babysitter or nanny, any experience supervised by a relative or friend, and any experience involving your own children, relatives, or a friend’s children.
  6. Demonstration of Basic Skills (Math and Verbal). The state of Colorado mandates that all teacher education students demonstrate basic skill competence in mathematics and literacy. Students may complete an appropriate course in mathematics and composition with a grade of “B-” or better, or submit an approved standardized test score.

Application Process

Please refer to the Post-BA Application Instructions for the application process and all application materials.

If you are a current CU graduate student or applying to a CU gradute program in addition to the licensure program, please follow these Application Instructions.

Fall Term:

  • February 1:  deadline for admission 

Spring Term:

  • September 15:  deadline for admission

All application materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the deadline in order to be considered. 

Program Requirements

Two education courses, EDUC 3013 and either EDUC 4112, 4411 or 4050, are required for the program but may be taken prior to admission. Both courses provide students with an introduction to the education program and are a good representation of what students can expect throughout the program. In addition to the School of Education requirements, Music Education candidates must satisfy Music Content Requirements to prepare them in the necessary content knowledge.

Content Requirements

Content Requirements do not need to be completed in order to apply to the program. However, all requirements must be satisfied prior to the student teaching semester. 

Student Teaching

In the final semester, candidates student teach for a minimum of 17 weeks. This involves a full-time (all day) commitment. To student teach, candidates must complete all course requirements and pass a state-approved content area licensure exam prior to the Student Teaching semester.