Advanced certificate program in music education
HEGIS code 0832
NYS SED program code 26817

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The Conservatory of Music in conjunction with the Department of Secondary Education, offers an advanced certificate program in music education. The New York State Education Department licenses graduates of registered teacher education programs who meet the state requirements for teachers.

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Admission Requirements

Department Music, Conservatory of
Secondary Education
Fall Application Deadline April 15th - Applications accepted on a rolling basis until all places are filled.
Spring Application Deadline November 1st - Applications accepted on a rolling basis until all places are filled.
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Master's degree not required.

Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

1. Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (applicants who earned a bachelor's degree outside the United States need to submit a 'Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation.'

2. Two letters of recommendation

3. Resume

4. A brief biographical statement of 500 to 1,000 words describing your reasons for pursuing the specific graduate program to which you are applying and your future professional goals.

5. All students who wish to submit an audition virtually or request an in-person audition must fill out the Graduate Audition Request Form. It can be found on our website, on the right hand column under "Forms" and it is the second one on the list. I have also linked it below.


I. F-1 or J-1 international students must submit English Proficiency Exam. TOEFL- 79, IELTS- 6.5, PTE- 58-63, Duolingo 105-160.

Refer to instructions at .

Interview with department.

All students accepted in to the School of Education are required to submit fingerprint verification before signing up for most education classes. Verification is needed if you already have fingerprint records or not. Please read the instructions in the link, and if you have questions about the instructions, you can contact Helen Spencer at
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) N/A, N/A, N/A


The advanced certificate in music education is for the student with an undergraduate music degree who wishes to teach music in the New York State public school system. This course of study meets the curricular requirements for initial certification in New York State. 21 credits, 100 field hours, and forty days of student teaching are required for the certificate. The courses required by the School of Education may vary depending on the entry qualifications of students.

All students should consult with the School of Education for the current requirements.
Matriculation requirements
Applicants must offer a B.Mus., or a B.A. or B.S. in music, or the equivalent from an accredited college or university completed with a grade point average of 3.00 or higher. Also eligible to apply are (a) students holding other music bachelor's degrees with sufficient course work in education and music education to be permitted to take student teaching, or (b) students holding a bachelor's degree with at least 36 credits in music courses, including an array of analysis, counterpoint, harmony, history, conducting, performance, education, and music education courses sufficient for admission to student teaching in music. Requirements for student teaching are available from the coordinator of music education. Applicants must also offer course work including the liberal arts and sciences, one course in human development (child and adolescent development), and one course in philosophy of education. Matriculation is contingent upon admission to Brooklyn College and admission to the Conservatory of Music, including music performance audition, music education interview, theory/aural skills test, and transcript review, and TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper-based test or 213 on the computer-based test or 79 on the internet-based test, if required.
Certificate requirements
Twenty-one credits are required for this certificate. The following courses are required.

Music 6510T (2 semesters); Music 6581T; Music 6582T; Music 6583T; three courses chosen from Music 6601X-6661X; Music 7201X; SEED 6505T and SEED 6506T.