Teacher Certification-Music (K-12), Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
, CT,
The music education option allows musicians interested in teaching to develop their teaching skills while becoming state-certified in music (K-12). Students who are already certified and seeking a master’s degree will work with their academic advisor to create an individualized program of study that meets their needs as an in-service teacher.


Practicing music teachers work in a wide and ever–expanding variety of contexts: elementary classroom music; secondary general music classes that might include music technology, keyboard, guitar, music theory, music history, and interdisciplinary collaborations; and an evolving array of large and small ensembles including choral, wind band, string, jazz, gospel, rock, and other groups. The ways of doing “school music” we’ve experienced are often no longer sufficient on their own to reach many of today’s students.

Candidates for the master’s degree are urged through individualized advisement to build on their prior musical training by acquiring the pedagogical skills necessary to teach in the combination of contexts best matched to their aspirations, interests, and musical expertise.

Coursework in music education is grounded in faculty members’ years of experience as successful music teachers working in urban, suburban, and rural contexts. Our faculty is regularly invited to give clinics and workshops on innovative practices and to present research at music education conferences in Connecticut and nationally.

The University of Bridgeport has a long tradition (since 1947) of training excellent music educators, and graduates of this program continue to distinguish themselves as practicing teachers throughout the state and region.

Programme Structure

  • Plan and deliver effective lessons shaped by State standards and guidelines, as assessed via the widely-used Danielson rubric
  • Demonstrate the musical knowledge and skills necessary for teaching music, as assessed by the state-required PRAXIS II Music: Content & Instruction examination
  • Develop a specialization in two teaching areas, including elementary classroom music, chorus, band, strings, jazz, music theory, keyboard, guitar, music technology, and secondary general music
  • Utilize appropriate approaches, materials, and methods for teaching music in both elementary and secondary school settings
  • Provide differentiated music learning experiences to suit the needs of a wide variety of learners, including students with special needs
  • Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus

    English Language Requirements

    This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

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    Academic Requirements

    You need the following GPA score:

    Required score: 3

    Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

    Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

    Bachelor’s degree , or its equivalent , from a regionally accredited university or recognized international institution ; a m aster’s d egree from a regionally accredited university is required for the 6 th year program U ndergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2. 6 7 or higher (A GPA of 3.0 or higher will likely be required beginning for Fall 2013 applicants)

    Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      13945 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 13945 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • National Applies to you

      13945 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 13945 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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    Living costs for Bridgeport

    • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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