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Teaching music is a lot like playing music.

It requires an appreciation of the art form, a thorough understanding of music theory and lots and lots of practice.

Music Education Certificate

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Education/Alternative Teacher Certification in Instrumental or Vocal Music is designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree in music and want to be certified to teach instrumental or vocal music K-12.

Each certification consists of 33 credit-hours and includes 9 hours of residency training. Students enroll in a selection of Loyola’s undergraduate courses and receive Louisiana State Alternative Teacher Certification at the end of the program.

Applicants must:

  • Complete and submit an Application for Admission.
  • Submit two official copies of transcripts from each postsecondary institution attended to confirm completion of a Bachelor’s of Music degree from a regionally accredited university. Transcripts should verify an overall Cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 for all undergraduate work and a grade of “C” or above for music coursework.
  • Submit official ETS score reports for ACT or SAT exams.
  • Submit official ETS score reports for the Praxis I Exam and Praxis II in Music Content Area Exam to verify passing exam scores.
  • Submit a personal statement of 300 words or less to the Coordinator of Music Education describing your reason(s) for pursuing the Post Baccalaureate Alternative Teacher Certification in Instrumental or Vocal Music and your professional goals upon completing the program.

Conditional Admission may be granted for possession of a baccalaureate of music degree from an accredited university, official transcripts that indicate a 2.75 G.P.A. on undergraduate coursework, official ETS score report for the ACT or SAT, ETS Praxis I passing score or Exemption score based on ACT Exam (i.e., 22) or SAT Exam (i.e., 1030), and intent to take and pass the Praxis II Music Content Area Exam.

For information, contact

Dr. Edward McClellan
Coordinator of Music Education
Phone: 504-865-2085