Coursework in the Music Education program is designed to provide a coherent learning experience that culminates in a successful student teaching semester.  In Colorado, teacher licensure is structured around a degree plus licensure framework. This program is completed in conjunction with the College of Music. All applicants must be Music Education majors and be recommended to the School of Education by the Music Education Chair.

The following Program of Studies Checklist shows the required courses for K-12 Music licensure seekers.  Please select courses from the checklist in order to satisfy the Core and Education courses most efficiently.

Undergraduate 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. Minimum 2.75 GPA overall
  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 Undergraduate Application Instructions for the application process and all application materials.

Music Education applicants can begin the program in either the fall or spring semester.

Applications to the teacher education program are considered on a rolling admissions basis.

Fall Term:

  • February 1: Priority deadline for admission notification by mid-March.
  • April 15: Deadline to submit materials for admission notification by July.
  • After April 15: we will consider applications on a rolling, space-available basis.

Spring Term:

  • September 15: Priority deadline for admission notification by mid-October.
  • November 1: Deadline to submit application materials for admission notification by mid-December.
  • After November 1: we will consider applications on a rolling, space-available basis.

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

Submit all materials to the Office of Student Services, School of Education, 249 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0249.  

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. Candidates that carefully plan their schedule can satisfy degree requirements and education requirements simultaneously.

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.

EDUC 4513 Student Teaching Seminar. 2 credit hours.

EDUC 4712 Student Teaching. 10 credit hours.