Music Education Post-Baccalaureate Licensure Program

The Music Education Post-Baccalaureate Licensure Program offers either a K-12 Vocal/General emphasis or K-12 Instrumental/General music emphasis. The coursework is scheduled based on a full-time schedule. Students admitted to a post-baccalaureate licensure program should contact One Stop and ask about the financial aid eligibility of this program.


To be eligible for the music education post-baccalaureate licensure programs, students must have completed a music degree at an accredited college or university that includes the following minima:

  • Music Theory and Aural Skills sequence—normally at least 4 semesters.
  • Music History—A full sequence of at least two semesters of Western Art Music History from Renaissance to the present AND at least one semester of music history that focuses on genres beyond Western Art Music.
  • Applied Music—Seven semesters of intensive applied study on an instrument.
  • Ensembles—At least seven semesters of ensemble experience. At least 4 of these semesters should be large ensembles appropriate to the major. 
  • Basic Conducting—One semester of basic conducting
  • Individual courses that are used to meet the above requirements must be passed with a grade of C- or better.
  • Overall GPA must be at least 3.0
  • In exceptional cases, the Music Education/Music Therapy Division may approve completion of a few of these eligibility requirements within the program.

How to Apply

Follow the graduate application procedures. Please submit the documents listed in the program specific materials along with your application. Questions regarding the music education post-baccalaureate licensure programs may be directed to Dr. Keitha Hamann.

Program Requirements

For your licensure, you will be expected to complete the following requirements:

  • 2–6 credits of prerequisite courses: Introduction to Music Education and Secondary Voice or Piano
  • 32–36 credits of music education courses, including teaching methods, instrumental methods or vocal pedagogy, conducting, and student teaching
  • 10 credits of professional education courses from the School of Education
  • Completion of the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations, including Minnesota NES Essential Academic Skills, Pedagogy: Elementary (K-6) or Secondary (5-12), and Instrumental Classroom Music (K-12) or Vocal Classroom Music (K-12)

Complete Requirements