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Bachelor of Music Education

The College of Music offers a program of study leading to a bachelor of music in music education degree with teaching certification in K — 12 vocal or instrumental music. As part of the teacher education unit at Loyola University New Orleans, the College of Music also offers coursework leading to post-baccalaureate certification (see Graduate Bulletin). The College of Music is aligned with the Department of Education and Counseling at Loyola University and thereby demonstrates a commitment to engaging all resources needed to prepare teacher candidates to acquire the knowledge, dispositions, and skilled actions necessary for K — 12 student achievement in music.

Music education candidates are prepared to cultivate relational thinking, advocate for growth of the whole person, and develop a discerning mindset about their vocation to professional praxis. In this way, the teacher preparation process also fulfills the university’s mission and the tradition of the liberal arts. These underlying commitments are integrated into coursework, fieldwork, and clinical practice. Music education candidates gain competence in professional teaching standards, a variety of communication methods, and collaboration skills.


Prerequisites to the music education major include:

  1. Admission to the College of Music;
  2. Declaration of music education major;
  3. Successful completion of EDUC A100;
  4. Completion of an interview with teacher education faculty members;
  5. Evidence of knowledge, dispositions, and skilled actions appropriate to program objectives and the folio-based program assessment plan.

Music education candidate progress is determined by assessment measures employed at transition portals 1, 2, 3, and 4.

  • Portal 1–Acceptance to College of Music (Freshman)
  • Passing scores on Praxis I in reading, writing, and mathematics
  • Achieve a grade of C or better in EDUC A100

Portal 2–(Sophomore — Junior)

  • Methods courses and field components: M308, M307, M306
  • Praxis II in Principles of Learning, Music
  • Junior Recital
  • Faculty Interview

Portal 3–(Senior)

  • Student Teaching/Student Teaching Seminar
  • Remaining coursework
  • Completion of all other program requirements
  • Application for certification

Portal 4–Licensed Practice

  • Follow-up graduate surveys
  • LATAPP evaluations
  • To be eligible for graduation and state certification, students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and the grade of a C or better in all music and professional education courses.


The culminating experience in teacher education is student teaching. Student teaching is a full-time, off-campus, school-based experience comprising a full semester. During student teaching, the teacher candidate is expected to assume all responsibilities of a certified teacher. Student teaching is clinical practice supervised by one or more faculty members in the music eduction department and a cooperating teacher in the school. Further information regarding student teaching may be obtained from the Music Education Handbook, available in the College of Music.

Upon successful completion of student teaching, teacher candidates qualify for application for the bachelor of music degree and certification with the state of Louisiana. Faculty review may lead to the removal of a teacher candidate if it is determined that the candidate’s knowledge, dispositions, or skilled actions do not meet the standards of the program assessment plan. Also, faculty review may lead to probation for a given period. The services of the university counseling center are available for the purpose of career counseling to assist student teacher candidates.


To be recommended by Loyola University New Orleans for certification as a K — 12 vocal or instrumental teacher in Louisiana, the teacher candidate must fulfill all the requirements specified by the department for the degree program in music education. The degree program incorporates all the requirements for certification by the State of Louisiana for teaching in grades K – 12. Certification requirements for Louisiana including reciprocity with other states are established by the Louisiana State Department of Education and are subject to change. Any such changes will be incorporated into the teacher preparation programs.

Updated August 24, 2005