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Post-Bacc Music Education Certification

The mission of the music education program at Moravian University is to prepare knowledgeable, capable, and flexible musician-educators for the widest variety of music instructional settings possible. Based on the belief that students learn best by doing, the focus of the program is for our Music education students to develop teaching skills that foster the growth of individual musicianship in learners through performing, listening, responding, and experiencing music of all types, leading to life-long engagement with music.

Moravian musician-educators are expected to maintain a high level of involvement in their performance area, supported by a core of essential music courses in theory, musicianship, history, world music, performing ensembles, and private instruction. Education courses prepare students for the diverse populations they will encounter in school programs, and provide background in child development and educational psychology. Music education courses focus on content specific pedagogy that models research based best practices in Music education.

A sequential series of field experiences linked to coursework provides real-world application of the skills being discussed in class. Cooperating teachers serve as partners, providing both a model of excellence, and direct and specific feedback to students in the field. A core of liberal arts courses ensures that Moravian musician-educators are well rounded and prepared to take their place as responsible artistic citizens of the world.


Course Requirements

All candidates must complete the required Professional Education Courses listed below to earn certification. Candidates’ undergraduate music coursework will be examined, and additional undergraduate music courses may also be required for licensure.

Professional Education Courses Required for Certification

  • EDUC 502.2 Intro. to the Education of English Language Learners
  • EDUC 503 Student Development & Instructional Design
  • EDUC 507 Culture, Community & Diversity: Intro. to Critical Pedagogy
  • EDUC 534 Including Students with Disabilities
  • EDUC 567 Teaching Music to Children (Spring only)
  • EDUC 568 Teaching Music to Adolescents and Adults (Fall only)
  • EDUC 575-7 Student Teaching (Spring only)


Music Education Core

The courses listed below comprise the undergraduate music courses required for certification. Candidates must demonstrate having equivalent coursework as an undergrad student, or will need to take courses from this list after consultation with an advisor.

  • MUS 110.2 Performance
  • MUS 111.2 Performance
  • MUS 136.1 Beg. Piano Techniques
  • MUS 131.1 Beg. Brass Techniques
  • MUS 135.1 Beg. Percussion Techniques
  • MUS 130.1 Beg. Voice Techniques
  • MUS 132.1 Beg. Woodwind Techniques
  • MUS 138.1 Beg. String Techniques
  • MUS 236.1 Piano Techniques II
  • MUS 137.1 Music Technology Techniques
  • MUS 140.2 Musicianship I
  • MUS 141.2 Musicianship II
  • MUS 165.2 Music of the Western World
  • MUS 171.2 Diatonic Harmony
  • MUS 175.2 Musics of the World
  • MUS 210.3 Performance
  • MUS 211.3 Performance
  • MUS 240.2 Musicianship III
  • MUS 241.2 Musicianship IV
  • MUS 272.2 Chromatic Harmony
  • MUS 281 Western Music to 1750
  • MUS 283 Classical & Romantic Music
  • MUS 310.2 Performance
  • MUS 311.2 Performance
  • MUS 312 Performance
  • MUS 313.2 Performance
  • MUS 322.2 Improvisation
  • MUS 334.2 Introduction to Conducting
  • MUS 336.2 Conducting
  • MUS 340.2 Form
  • MUS 342.2 Orchestration
  • MUS 352.2 20th C. Music to 1945
  • MUS 354.2 Contemporary Music since1945
  • MUS 365.1 Jazz Methods for Education
  • MUS 374.2 Seminar
  • MUS 375.2 Recital


Important Guidelines

  • Students must have an overall GPA of 2.7 in order to take education courses numbered above 510.
  • All education courses must be completed prior to beginning student teaching. No other courses should be taken during the student teaching semester. 
  • Students must have prior written approval by the program coordinator if they plan to complete any of these courses at another institution.


Content Area Tests - required prior to certification

5511  Fundamental Subjects:  Content Knowledge

5113  Music: Content Knowledge

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Test scores should be reported to Moravian University (RA2418) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. 

For candidates without an undergraduate degree in Music the content knowledge exam will be required prior to taking EDUC courses beyond 534.


Inquiries about the application process for Post-Bacc Secondary Certification should be directed to the Graduate Education Student Experience Mentor - Melissa Stough, Student Experience Mentor at

Inquiries about coursework and other academic components of the Music program should be directed to the Assistant Professor in Practice Carole Lutte @