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2016-2017 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
    
2016-2017 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Music Education, MA


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Associate Professor Robinson, Graduate Program Director, (516) 463-4514.

The Master of Arts program in music education leads to professional certification for teachers who possess initial certification for teaching music, all grades. It provides advanced study in the curriculum, pedagogy, and content of music. This program supports and reflects the National Standards for Art Education and the New York State Learning Standards for the Arts.

Admission Requirements


Applications for admission to this Master of Arts program in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Technology  are made to the Graduate Admission Office. Admission is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria. The department understands that any single criterion may not reliably predict a student’s potential for success in the program. Students may consider applying even if they fail to meet one of the GPA or testing criteria but feel that other aspects of their experience might compensate.

  1. A completed application form to the master’s program.
  2. New York state initial certification in music, valid for teaching grades PreK-12. (Applicants who have provisional certification rather than initial certification should see the appropriate graduate program director for program alternatives.)
  3. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate course work.
  4. A minimum GPA of 2.75 on course work in the content area in which certification is being sought.
  5. Submission of scores on a nationally-normed graduate admission test.*
  6. A written personal statement of professional intent and rationale.
  7. Two letters of reference that address the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching profession and in graduate course work.

*Please consult with the director of the program to determine which test would be best suited to you. Examples of such tests include, but are not limited to, the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), the GRE general test or the relevant GRE subject exam (if appropriate to your intended area of certification).

Matriculated students must complete a minimum of 24 s.h. of the MA program in-residence at Hofstra. No more than 9 s.h. may be transferred into the program. A maximum of 12 s.h. of graduate course work leading toward the MA degree may be completed prior to matriculation in the program.

Program Requirements - Semester Hours: 33



Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 while in the program. Grades of D or lower will not be counted toward the graduate degree but will be included in determining the grade point average. 

The major in music education consists of a minimum of 33 semester hours of course work, including each of the following:

Introductory Courses - Semester Hours: 6-12


Choose two to four courses (or alternative courses with advisement) from:

Content/Pedagogy Linkage - Semester Hours: 15


(With advisement)

Electives Supporting Music Education - Semester Hours: 3-9


(With advisement)

Any Music course, 200-level or above, 3 s.h.
Courses from: FDED, SED, SPED, CT, ISI, DRAM, PESP recommended, 6 s.h.

Especially recommended:

Capstone Activity - Semester Hours: 3


Graduation Requirements


  1. Completion of the 33 s.h. course requirement in the MA program with no fewer than 24 s.h. in-residence.
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in overall graduate course work.
  3. Satisfactory completion of a departmental-approved curriculum project.
  4. Completion of all required Educational Law Seminars.
  5. All course work taken in satisfaction of the degree requirements must have been completed within a five-year period.

Teacher Certification Requirements


Upon successful completion of degree requirements, students will be eligible to apply for the University’s recommendation for New York state certification. Contact the Office of Educational Support Services, 233 Hagedorn Hall, for information regarding any required Educational Law seminars* and other certification requirements. Forms for applying for certification can be found at the Office of Educational Support Services Web page under the certification tab.

*Please note, as of December 31, 2013, the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education now require a new six-hour seminar for Training in Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention, required under the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA): http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/news/newsitem05162013.html.

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