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Attallah College of Educational Studies

» Master of Arts in Teaching- Music Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education Program allows the candidate to obtain both the Single Subject teaching credential and the master’s degree through an integrated program of coursework, fieldwork, and student research (40 units).

The Attallah College of Educational Studies has developed a specific Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education - Music Education Program Emphasis for those who wish to teach music education at the elementary, middle school, or high school level.


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+ - Program at a Glance

  • Small class sizes and low student-to-faculty ratio
  • Hands-on, community-based learning connects coursework to student teaching
  • Courses specific to the MAT Music Education Program Emphasis are taught by Music Education faculty.

Special Note:
Students who already possess a Single Subject, Multiple Subject, or Special Education teaching credential from California or any other U.S. state are not eligible for admission to the MAT Secondary Education program.

+ - Program and Graduation Requirements

  • State of California Certificate of Clearance: Must possess for fieldwork
  • Negative TB Test Verification: Must possess for fieldwork
  • U.S. Constitution Status: Must be obtained prior to credential application at end of program
  • CPR (Infant, Child, & Adult) Certification: Must be obtained prior to credential application at end of program
  • CBEST: Must pass before enrolling in Fall semester coursework
  • CSET: Must pass before enrolling in Student Teaching (EDUC 583)

Semester One: Establishing foundational critical lens

  • EDUC 532: Content Area Literacy (4 units)
  • EDUC 567: Secondary Teaching & Learning in Diverse Classrooms: Investigating and Designing Transformative Learning Environments (3 units)
  • EDUC 570: Pedagogies for Social Change (3 units)
  • EDUC 569: Human Development and Wellness in Diverse Classrooms (1 unit)

Semester Two: Engaging in communities of practice

  • EDUC 504: Second Language Acquisition, Literacy, and Learning for Secondary Students (3 units)
  • MUS 533: Foundation of Music Education (3 units)
    -or-
    MUS 693: Directed Research: Foundations of Music Education (3 units)
  • EDUC 571: Educating Diverse Learners in Inclusive Classrooms (3 units)
  • EDUC 513: Practicum: Single Subject (3 units)
  • EDUC 550: Evaluating Teaching Performance Expectations (0 units)

* Submit Application for Student Teaching

Semester Three: Extending and refining practice

  • EDUC 589: Secondary Teacher Inquiry, Professionalism, and Wellbeing (2 units)
  • MUS 534: Managing School Programs (3 units)
    -or-
    MUS 693: Directed Research: Foundations of Music Education (3 units)
  • MUS 583: Student Teaching II: Single Subject (3 units)
  • EDUC 583: Student Teaching II: Single Subject (3 units)

* Candidates may only enroll in EDUC 583 when they have satisfied the following requirements: CBEST, CSET, Certificate of Clearance, negative TB test results, and prerequisite course.

Semester Four: Embodying scholarship focus

  • EDUC 695: Special Topics in Teaching (3 units)
  • MUS 689C: Master of Arts in Teaching Capstone Project (3 units)
  • Demonstration of Mastery

Grade Requirements

  • No grade below a C+ is acceptable toward a degree or credential. Thus, if you earn a C or lower, you need to retake the course.
  • If you earn a C– grade or lower, the class will not be acceptable toward a degree or credential, but it will be used in your GPA calculation.
  • If your cumulative GPA falls below 3.0, you will be placed on academic probation.

+ - Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music

The William D. Hall and Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Conservatory of Music provides aspiring musicians with a rigorous and progressive education of distinction for the professional and intellectual development of artists and scholars in a supportive, liberal arts environment. Our outstanding curriculum offers a musical and academic foundation that prepares our students for vibrant and diverse professional careers.

+ - Support

Gifts to the Attallah College of Educational Studies allow us to support the vast array of diverse educational projects including our various literacy programs, scholarships to our deserving students, international travel opportunities for research, and multiple campaigns that promote education and civic engagement throughout our immediate community and the world. 

To find out how you can give to the school and support the work our students are doing, please visit our Support Attallah College page. Every dollar helps!

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