Selected Learning Outcomes​

  1. Students teach music in all grade levels and in a variety of classroom and ensemble settings through guided, progressive online and field-based experiences.

  2. Students apply analytical, historical, and culturally responsive skills and knowledge in curriculum development, differentiated planning, informal assessments, and formal evaluations.

  3. Students demonstrate skills and knowledge of directing, rehearsing, and performing in vocal, wind, string, or percussion instruments.

  4. Students utilize formative and summative assessment and evaluation strategies responding to each of their student's needs.

  5. Students will meet all the standards set forth by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the James L. and Dorothy H. Dewar College of Education and Human Services.

Selected Outcomes Assessments

  1. Students in the MAT Music Education program demonstrate content knowledge through passing the state-required content assessment (Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators, GACE).
  2. Students in the MAT Music Education program demonstrate content knowledge, skills in planning, assessment, instructional strategies, use of technology, differentiation, and reflection through the Capstone Portfolio Content Assessment.
  3. Students in the MAT Music Education program demonstrate skills in assessment, instructional strategies, use of technology, and differentiated instruction during observed teaching episodes evaluated by a university supervisor and classroom mentor teacher (COEHS Observation Instrument – Candidate Assessment on Performance Standards, CAPS).
  4. Students in the MAT Music Education program demonstrate their ability to positively impact P-12 learning through a teacher work sample (COEHS Impact on P-12 Student Learning Assessment).
  5. Students in the MAT Music Education program demonstrate appropriate teaching dispositions through self-assessment and university supervisor and mentor teacher disposition assessments (COEHS CAPS Dispositions and Self-Assessment of Dispositions Survey).

Go to the Graduate School website and select Our Programs, then select the MAT in Music Education Program. This program is offered fully online as a four-semester track.

A track designed for those who are currently teaching music on a non-renewable/induction certificate is available. The Employed Teacher Track aligns with the regular track with an additional semester to complete MUE 7810 and MUE 7820. These courses replace the Clinical Practice course for non-employed teaching candidates.

Extensive information about the Music Education Program is available in the VSU Music Education Handbook.

Requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching in Music Education Degree

Required Core Courses22
EDUC 2999Teacher Education Requirements0
MUE 7100Professional Development Seminar I: Foundations3
MUE 7101Professional Development Seminar II: Clinical Practice1
MUE 7102Professional Development Seminar III: Capstone2
MUE 7640Generalized Music Education I2
MUE 7650Generalized Music Education II2
Select either Teacher Internship or Clinical Practice:6
Employed Teacher Internship in Music Education I
and Employed Teacher Internship in Music Education II
Clinical Practice in Music Education
MUE 7800Practicum in Music3
MUSC 7040Technology for Teachers1
MUSC 7650Graduate Conducting2
Select one of the following Tracks:15
Choral Track
Instrumental Methods: Select from the following3
Percussion Methods
Low Brass Methods
String Methods
Flute, Clarinet, and Saxophone Methods
Oboe and Bassoon Methods
HIgh Brass Methods
MUE 7610Choral Curriculum3
MUE 7750Advanced Vocal Pedagogy2
MUE 7370Vocal Methods1
MUSC 5511Choral Literature I2
MUSC 5512Choral Literature II2
Instrumental Track
Instrumental Methods Courses: Select from the following4
Percussion Methods
Low Brass Methods
String Methods
Flute, Clarinet, and Saxophone Methods
Oboe and Bassoon Methods
HIgh Brass Methods
MUE 7370Vocal Methods1
MUE 7400Instrument Repair1
MUE 7600Instrumental Music Curriculum2
MUE 7700Marching Band Techniques2
or MUE 7740 Advanced String Pedagogy
Select one of the following two-course sequences:3
Band Literature I
and Band Literature II
Symphonic Literature I
and Symphonic Literature Ii
MUSC 6760Jazz Pedagogy1
Total Hour required for the Degree36