Wayne State College

Music Education Master's Degree

Earning a master's in music education prepares educators for leadership roles in the classroom and in band or choir. If you're already a certified teacher, earning your curriculum and instruction master's degree with music education emphasis from Wayne State College can help advance your career and improve your teaching skills, which makes you more competitive in the job market. The music education master's program is designed primarily for K-12 teachers who wish to remain in the classroom by combining an enhanced teaching program with instructional leadership skills. This program may also appeal to non-teachers, as careers can be found ouside of education in directorship positions, performance, and music lessons; however, conferral of this degree to non-teachers will not result in teacher certification.

Classes for the Music Education Master's Program

This is a 36-hour online program that results in a master of science in education (MSE) in curriculum and instruction-instructional leadership with an emphasis in music education. The following is a typical program of study for this degree:

Professional Education Core Classes: 12 hours

  • EDU 603 Introduction to Educational Research and Design (3)
  • EDU 652 Instructional Theory and Practice (3)
  • EDU 658 Fundamentals of Curriculum Development PK-16  (3)
  • EDU 674 History and Philosophy of Education (3)

Music Education Emphasis Area: 24 hours

  • MUS 603 Instructional Practices in Music Education (3)
  • MUS 610 Analytical Techniques for Tonal Music (3)

6 hours selected from the following:

  • MUS 515 Choral Literature and Materials (3)
  • MUS 516 Instrumental Literature and Materials (3)
  • MUS 601 Advanced Choral Conducting (3)
  • MUS 602 Advanced Instrumental Conducting (3)

6 hours selected from the following:

  • MUS 503 Music/Baroque and Classical Periods (3)
  • MUS 504 Music of the Romantic Period (3)
  • MUS 505 Music of the 20th Century (3)

4 hours selected from the following:

  • MUS 524 Piano Pedagogy (3)
  • MUS 544 Topics in Music Pedagogy and Literature (2)
  • MUS 653 Piano (2)
  • MUS 655 Voice (2)
  • MUS 657 Brass (2)
  • MUS 659 Woodwind (2)
  • MUS 661 Strings (2)
  • MUS 663 Percussion (2)

2 hours of MUS electives


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Licensing and Certification: This program is designed for teachers who are already certified in this content area as an opportunity to go deeper into their specialty while simultaneously earning a master’s degree. This program does not meet initial certification/licensure requirements through the Nebraska Department of Education. It has not been determined if this program meets requirements for all other states. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Nebraska, please check that state's licensing board to determine their licensing requirements. Learn more.