Music Education (MAT)

Admission Requirements

Candidates to initial teacher certification programs are required to submit credentials supporting their academic ability, creativity and collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills, positive disposition, and commitment to the teaching profession. These credentials include test scores, transcripts, writing samples, and letters of recommendation which support the candidate's ability to succeed in a rigorous teacher education program. Competitive candidates will be invited to a formal, faculty interview.

Candidates for admission should review the following which outlines the expectations of the teaching profession:

  1. Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Personnel [PDF]
  2. CEHD Acceptable Use of Technology Agreement [PDF]
  3. Character and Fitness Questionnaire [PDF]
  4. Professional Dispositions Rubric [PDF]
  5. Diversity Rubric [PDF]
  6. Effective Written Communication Rubric [PDF]


Questions about the application should be directed to Candidates will be notified via e-mail regarding the admission decision no later than six weeks after the application deadline. Applicants who are selected for admission will receive information about a mandatory orientation session.

Application Deadlines

University of Louisville Music Education students applying for the MAT program should have already applied and been accepted, to the College of Education and Human Development teacher education program. The teacher education admission deadline occurs February 1 each year and the application is typically submitted in the Spring semester of the sophomore year. For more information about this process, please click on the "how to apply" tab at

All students must be admitted to teacher education to enroll in MUED coursework.
University of Louisville undergraduate students who plan to pursue the MAT program will submit an online graduate application during the last semester of their senior year. Please see Admission Criteria below. Application deadline: March 1st for Fall admission

Admission Criteria for application to the MAT program

Candidates who meet the following criteria may be eligible to apply to the Master of Arts in Teaching program. Candidates considering applying to the MAT program should contact their Music Education faculty advisor prior to applying for admission. Admission is competitive. Candidates who meet minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program.

  1. Application to Graduate School
  2. PRAXIS II exams (official scores or registration ticket)
  3. Bachelor's Degree from Accredited College or University with a minimum 2.75 Grade Point Average (University of Louisville students are not required to submit a UofL transcript)
  4. Prerequisite Course Requirements
  5. Letters of Recommendation (Letters submitted previously with teacher education application may be used.).
  6. Professional Writing Requirements (Professional Writing Requirements submitted previously with teacher education application may be used.).
  7. C or higher in ENGL 102
  8. C or better in oral communication course

Program Requirements


Completion of the pre-teacher education courses:

Appropriate bachelor's degree or specific music education content required. For specific admission requirements, contact the School of Music.

Professional Education Requirements

MUED 628Qualitative Research Methods2
MUED 629Foundations of Music Education2
MUED 630Quantitative Research Methods & Materials in Music Education2
MUED 639Learning Theories in Music Education2
MUS 511Principal Applied Study2
or MUS 611 Applied Music
or MUS 659 Seminar in Conducting I
MUS 512Principal Applied Study2
or MUS 612 Applied Music
or MUS 660 Seminar in Conducting II
Exit Requirements
MUED 607Student Teaching Seminar I3
MUED 609Capstone Seminar (Second semester of student teaching) 13
MUED 610Music Student Teaching in the Elementary/Secondary Schools I (CE) 16
MUED 611Music Student Teaching in the Elementary/Secondary Schools II (CE) 16
Minimum Total Hours30

Electronic documentation of 200 hours of diverse and approved field experiences required prior to student teaching.

Certification Exit Assessment

Satisfactory dispositions assessment; passing scores on required PRAXIS exams; completion of degree requirements.  

Degree Exit Assessment

All certification and degree coursework completed with a 3.0 cumulative GPA; 2.5 cumulative GPA in content course requirements; “B-“ or higher in each student teaching placement; satisfactory performance on all Hallmark Assessment Tasks; Target or better performance on all rubrics.

Degree Candidacy

If not enrolled during the semester in which you are graduating, you must register for degree candidacy as outlined in the graduate catalog (see General Policies, Procedures and Requirements). 

Praxis Disclaimer

"Teacher certification requirements are subject to change. Before registering for certification test(s), please refer to the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) website at or for current requirements."


The Master of Arts in Teaching in Music Education program prepares students to meet the requirements for certification and/or licensure.  If you plan to pursue professional licensure or certification you should first determine your state’s criteria for examination and licensure to see how/if our program meets those requirements prior to enrollment. We recommend that you also contact your state’s licensing board directly to verify that the requirements have not changed recently and to answer any questions especially those regarding additional requirements beyond the degree. 

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