Degrees in Music Education are available for students in both vocal/choral music education and instrumental music education. As a professional degree, a significant number of credits are required in music, music education and professional education courses. The credits are divided into three distinct groups: music courses, professional education courses, and general education courses. Additional guidelines for meeting the unique requirements for music education are below.
To meet certification requirements many of the general education courses are specified.
Students may apply for Admission to Teacher Education as soon as Music 266 and all pre-requisites are met. Application information and forms are found online at http://www.teacher.hs.iastate.edu/admission.php. A grade point average of 2.5 or higher is required at the time of application. All students are required to take the Praxis I exam prior to application for teacher education, information can be found in the Music Education Handbook and at http://www.teacher.hs.iastate.edu/praxis.php. Completed application forms are approved by the Department of Music and then forwarded to the University Teacher Education Committee. Admission to the Teacher Education Program is a prerequisite for Music 366.
During the first two weeks of the semester before student teaching, the student meets with the Music Education Coordinator to discuss the student teaching assignment, responsibilities and commitment. At this time the student will receive an Application for Admission to Student Teaching. When completed, the application form is forwarded to the Office of Student Services and then to school district personnel responsible for accepting student teachers in the school system requested. This application is sent to the College of Education not later than the fourth week of the semester prior to the semester before student teaching. The Office of Student Teaching notifies student teachers of their assignments near the end of the semester, after processing student teaching assignments for all ISU teacher education programs. Information can be found at http://www.teacher.hs.iastate.edu/studentteaching.php
The commitment to student teaching is a full-time responsibility. The student must adapt to the schedule of the cooperating teacher and only vary from this schedule with the full approval of both the University Supervisor and the Cooperating Teacher. Students should not be registered for other university courses and should not hold other outside jobs during the student teaching semester.
Information and application forms for Iowa Teacher Certification are available online at http://www.teacher.hs.iastate.edu/licensure.php. These are submitted, along with applicable fees, at the required student teacher meetings held in November and April just prior to the semester of student teaching.