The Music Education program focuses on preparing prospective music educators for teaching instrumental and vocal music in grades K-12. The program is based on the National Standards for Arts Education in Music and the requirements for licensure established by the Tennessee Department of Education.
All undergraduate degree programs in Music Education culminate in a Bachelor's degree in music and a Tennessee K-12 music teaching license. The music education programs include a full year internship, which in most states may count as one year of teaching, and twenty-four credit hours or graduate work which may be applied to a Master of Music degree in music education.
Teacher Licensure Programs
The School of Music offers two options that prepare students to teach music in public schools, both of which lead to the degree and to teaching licensure. Students may choose to student teach for one semester or one year (an internship). The internship option provides for the granting of the degree at the end of four years, with teacher licensure being awarded after a fifth-year, graduate level internship. Students choosing the internship option earn twenty-four graduate hours, which may be applied to the Master's degree.