Completion of the program leads to a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree and prepares candidates to pursue an Illinois Professional Educators License with an endorsement in one of the following content areas:
Secondary Education (9 -12)
The secondary education program prepares candidates to teach students in grades 9 - 12 in the following content areas:
K-12 Specialized Areas
The secondary education program prepares candidates to teach students in grades K - 12 in the following content areas:
Students enrolled in a professional undergraduate degree in music are expected to develop a range of knowledge, skills, concepts, and sensitivities essential to the professional life of a musician which include: technical competence; broad knowledge of music and music literature; the ability to integrate musical knowledge and skills; sensitivity to musical styles; and an insight into the role of music in intellectual and cultural life.
Within the Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree, a student prepares for a teaching career in either vocal or instrumental music or a combination of the two. SXU music education degree programs are certified K-12 by the Illinois State Board of Education. The prospective music teacher will develop skills in musicianship and performance, in addition to learning to be a sensitive ensemble conductor. Students will gain knowledge in teaching music at a variety of levels to different age groups and in different settings, while developing a strong understanding of child growth and development. Learning to assess the progress of music students while acquiring the knowledge of excellent methods of teaching is essential to this program.
This program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
Major and Minor
- Bachelor of Music in Music Education - Instrumental - 132 credit hours
- Bachelor of Music in Music Education - Choral/Vocal - 135 credit hours
- Bachelor of Music in Music Education - Choral/Keyboard - 134 credit hours
- Music Minor - 20 credit hours
Requirements for Degree
To qualify for a degree in secondary education, candidates must complete the following requirements:
- maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and grades of C or better in all coursework
- select a major in an approved subject area
- complete all courses in their major
- complete required education courses, plus the University core and certification requirements
Meet the Faculty
Assistant Professorial Lecturer
Program Coordinator for Elementary Eduction, edTPA