Skip to Content

School of Music


Master of Arts in Teaching

This degree program is offered in conjunction with the College of Education. Students who successfully complete the Master of Arts in Teaching (Music Education) degree will be prepared for careers in music education and are qualified for initial South Carolina teacher certification. The course of study includes graduate music courses, professional education courses in the College of Education, courses in music learning and teaching, and practicum opportunities. Students may be required to fulfill undergraduate prerequisites appropriate for their areas of concentration.  

Ready to apply?  View graduate admissions information.

There are three curricular strands, but the following requirements are common to all three:

MA Teaching - Core Requirements

The courses listed below are common to all MA Teaching Strands:

Core Courses  
Human Growth and Development (EDPY 705) 3 credits
Select one from:

a) Content Area Literacy PK-12(EDRD 500)
b) Teaching Reading in Content Areas...Disabilities (EDEX 581)
c) Teaching Reading and Writing in Content Areas (EDRD 732)

3 credits
Classroom Assessment Methods (EDRM 723) 3 credits 
Music Theory (as determined by the Music Diagnostic Exam) 3 credits 
Music History (as determined by the Music Diagnostic Exam) 3 credits
Teaching Internship (MUED 731) 12 credits
Teaching Internship Seminar (MUED 732) 3 credits
Total 30 credits

The three curricular strands:

The following courses are specific to the Choral/Vocal Strand:

Choral/Vocal Strand Courses  
Specialized Elementary Methods (MUED 565) 2 credits
Choral Development and Related Materials (MUED 756) 3 credits
Materials and methods (either choral or elementary, MUED 554/7xx) 3 credits 
Choral ensemble (2 semesters of participation, MUSC 734) 2 credits 
Vocal Pedagogy (MUSC 577) 2 credits
MUSC/MUED Electives (select from: diction, choral literature, conducting, independent study, applied voice, applied piano, or ensemble) 3 credits
Total 15 credits

The following courses are specific to the Instrumental (Strings) Strand:

Instrumental (Strings) Strand Courses  
Methods for String Instruction I  (MUED 533) 2 credits
Practicum in Methods for String Instruction I  (MUED 533P) 1 credits
Methods for String Instruction II (MUED 534) 2 credits 
Practicum in Methods for String Instruction II (MUED 534P) 1 credits 
Orchestra (MUSC 734 - 2 semesters of participation) 2 credits
Advanced Conducting (MUSC 733B) 3 credits
Instrumental Development & Related Materials (MUED 753) 3 credits
Secondary instrument applied lesson (MUSC 501) 1 credits
Total 15 credits

Students must satisfy prerequisite skills in secondary string instruments, wind pedagogy, conducting, and piano


The following courses are specific to the Instrumental (Winds/Percussion) Strand:

Instrumental (Winds/Percussion) Strand Courses  
Organization & Administration of Music Programs (MUED 568) 2 credits
The Middle School Band (MUED 551) 2 credits
The High School Band (MUED 552) 2 credits 
Ensemble (band) (MUSC 734 - 2 semesters participation) 2 credits 
Advanced Conducting (MUSC 733B) 3 credits
Elective course from MUED or College of Education 3 credits 
Independent Study in Music Education (MUED 700) 1 credit
Total 15 credits

Students must satisfy prerequisite skills in wind and percussion pedagogy, secondary instruments, conducting, and piano.