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Post-Baccalaureate Program in Music Education

Requirements for Admission, Retention, and Completion

Duquesne University’s Post-Baccalaureate Program for Music Teacher Certification is designed to meet certification requirements for Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Level I Instructional Certification (Music K–12). Admission requires a previously-earned baccalaureate degree (B.M. or B.S.) in music through a NASM-accredited (or equivalent) institution, with an earned minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Following are specific details about admission, retention, and completion.

Program Admission

Complete and submit an application for admission. Contact Mrs. Peggy Eiseman, Administrative Assistant in the Music Admissions Office, for information about application procedures. Mrs. Eiseman can be reached at eiseman@duq.edu or (412) 396-5064.

Application materials should be submitted directly to the Office of Music Admissions:

  1. Cover Letter that provides background and professional goals,
  2. Transcripts of undergraduate degree requirements and other completed course work,
  3. Current Résumé,
  4. Professional Statement that addresses beliefs about music teaching and learning, and
  5. Two Letters of Recommendation that speak to the applicant’s potential as a school music educator.

In addition to the above materials, applicants are required to set individual musicianship appointments. The results of these appointments will be considered during admission review, as well as for level placements within the music education curriculum. Three appointments compose this part of the admission process: (a) Major instrument audition of one representative work, (b) voice proficiency, and (c) piano proficiency.

Program Retention

Certification candidates must maintain adequate progress in an individualized program that meets equivalency and certification requirements. Candidates are also required to maintain a minimum cumulative QPA of 3.0 during equivalency and certification course work, with final grades of “B” or better in all professional education courses. Finally—and prior to student teaching—all candidates must complete and meet the minimum passing-score requirements for the three Pennsylvania-required Pre-Professional Skills Tests (Reading, Writing, Mathematics) from the Praxis I series, successfully complete the Music Education Department’s Junior Proficiency Examinations, and attempt the two Pennsylvania-required Praxis II Examinations (Music: Content Knowledge and Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge).

Program Completion

In addition to the retention requirements above, successful candidates will (a) complete all student-teaching requirements, (b) meet the minimum passing-score requirements for the two Praxis II exams, and (c) complete all required Pennsylvania application materials for Level I Certification (later submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education through Duquesne University’s School of Education).

For more information, or to set a personal advising appointment, please contact Dr. Paul F. Doerksen, Chair of Music Education, Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh PA, 15282. Office: (412) 396-1888, doerksenp@duq.edu