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Teacher Licensure

​​​​​​​​The teacher licensure program at DePaul is designed to meet the needs of individuals who have earned an undergraduate music degree from an accredited institution (i.e. music performance, jazz studies, composition, sound recording) and wish to obtain Illinois State K-12 music teacher licensure.

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​The program consists of courses in music education, education, and liberal studies. Although the length of the program may vary slightly, students generally can complete the program in four quarters, with an additional summer quarter if needed. Classes in this program are charged undergraduate tuition.



Admission Requirements

Applicants to the DePaul music teacher licensure program must meet the following standards:

  • Undergraduate degree in music
  • Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher
  • Recommendations from two individuals familiar with the candidate’s potential as a teacher
  • Materials required by Admission
  • Performance audition

Program of Study 

All teacher licensure students must meet the core requirements of the undergraduate students in music education. Teacher licensure students take courses in four basic areas: music, liberal studies, music education, and education. A transcript review will be done by the music education department, to determine any deficiencies in any of these areas of study. Substitutions will be determined by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs where appropriate.

Music Courses

  • Applied music study (2 years)
  • Musicianship/music theory and history (2 years)
  • Aural training (2 years)
  • Keyboard skills (2 years)
  • Conducting (1 course)
  • Music Traditions (world music and jazz)
  • Ensemble (4 years)

Liberal Studies 

  • Writing (8 credits)
  • Math (4)
  • Science, lab or quantitative (4)
  • American government (4)
  • American history (4)

Music Education (V=Vocal Specialization, I=Instrumental Specialization)

Course Title Quarter Hours
Required Courses
MED 306INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC EDUCATION2
MED 203FOUNDATIONS OF MUSIC TEACHING AND LEARNING I2
MED 204FOUNDATIONS OF MUSIC TEACHING AND LEARNING II2
MED 303ELEMENTARY VOCAL-GENERAL METHODS & LAB2
MED 300ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL INSTRUMENTAL METHODS & LAB2
MED 310MUSIC EDUCATION FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD4
MED 325TECHNOLOGY FOR MUSIC EDUCATORS2
MED 340CONDUCTING FOR THE MUSIC EDUCATOR2
MED 121CLASS GUITAR1
MED 196CLASS VOICE1
Specializations
Vocal Specialization
MED 304MIDDLE SCHOOL VOCAL METHODS AND LAB2
MED 305SECONDARY VOCAL METHODS AND LAB2
MED 308ACCOMPANYING FOR THE MUSIC EDUCATOR2
Select four credits from the following:4
MED 101
BRASS I
or MED 102
BRASS II
MED 103
WOODWINDS I
or MED 104
WOODWINDS II
MED 105
STRINGS I
MED 107
PERCUSSION I
Instrumental Specialization
MED 301SECONDARY INSTRUMENTAL METHODS AND LAB2
Select eight credits from the following:8
MED 101
BRASS I
MED 102
BRASS II
MED 103
WOODWINDS I
MED 104
WOODWINDS II
MED 105
STRINGS I
MED 106
STRINGS II
MED 107
PERCUSSION I
MED 108
PERCUSSION II
MED electives
MED 95CLINICAL EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH0
MED 392STUDENT TEACHING6
MED 393STUDENT TEACHING SEMINAR1

Professional Education

Course Title Quarter Hours
SCU 207SOCIAL AND HISTORICAL ISSUES IN EDUCATION4
SCU 336ADOLESCENT AND ADULT GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT4
or PSY 303 HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
LSE 380PHILOSOPHICAL STUDIES IN PEDAGOGY, CULTURE AND GLOBALIZATION4
SEC 325LITERACY IN THE CONTENT AREAS4
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