Music

Do you love music?

Share that love as a music teacher! Wichita State offer a degree in PreK-12 Music Education with emphasis in: 

  • Instrumental
  • Keyboard
  • Special Music Education
  • Vocal

If you already have a bachelor's degree in music and are interested in teaching music, you may qualify for the Transition to Teaching Program.

 


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Education

A degree in Music Education from Wichita State will prepare you to teach PreK through grade 12. 

  • This license allows our graduates to teach general, vocal or instrumental music in public or private schools.
  • Our degree programs allow for an emphasis area of vocal, instrumental, keyboard or special music education.
  • Throughout the program, you will experience a variety of field placements and teaching opportunities which culminate in a semester of full-time student teaching.

Upon completion of all courses and program assessments, graduates will be eligible to apply for an initial teaching license.


About the Program

Program Description

The Music Education program consists of courses in five areas:

  1. General Education: General courses cover various disciplines (English, Math and Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Social Sciences) that are required by all university students.
  2. Musicology and Performance: These courses emphasize musicianship skills and include courses in the areas of music theory, aural skills, music history, and orchestration or arranging. Applied Music: Music majors receive private lessons in voice or on their major instrument. During the senior year, music education majors give a senior recital. Every music major also receives piano instruction to gain a standard level of proficiency. Ensembles: Each music major participates in vocal or instrumental ensembles to gain music performance experience.
  3. Music Education: Each music education major completes courses in vocal or instrumental music methods. Courses emphasize the specific skills needed for successful music teaching in grades K-12. Special music education majors receive additional coursework in working with children with disabilities. The final semester is the student teaching experience.
  4. Teacher Education: Each music education major wanting state teaching licensure completes a series of courses on development, assessment, lesson planning, teaching strategies, evaluation, and professional conduct including legal and ethical issues. There are entry and exit requirements for this block of courses that follow state licensure requirements.
  5. Practical Field experience: Because of our special location, each music education major has numerous opportunities for hands-on learning through course field experiences and varied practicum experiences in metropolitan, suburban, and rural settings in public or private schools. In addition, the majority of our majors participate in cooperative education, private teaching through the College of Fine Arts Institute, and other experiences through salaried church and community music performance and accompanying jobs.
Admission Requirements

Prospective WSU students:

  1. Please click here to complete the online admission application. 
  2. Once students have met the Teacher Education Admission Requirements below, they must complete the Teacher Education Application Packet prior to beginning the Teacher Education program. Students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor every semester, in order to ensure that they are on track to apply for the Teacher Education program. To schedule an advising appointment, please contact the College of Applied Studies Advising Center at (316) 978-3300, option 2.

Current WSU students: 

  1. WSU students with a 2.50 GPA can change their major to PreK-12 Music Education through the myWSU portal (Home tab > Student Tools > Change My Major /Minor).
  2. Once students have met the Teacher Education Admission Requirements below, they must complete the Teacher Education Application Packet prior to beginning the Teacher Education program. Students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor every semester, in order to ensure that they are on track to apply for the Teacher Education program. To schedule an advising appointment, please contact the College of Applied Studies Advising Center at (316) 978-3300, option 2. 
Licensure 

Students completing this program will be eligible to apply for an initial teacher license.

Degree Plans

Please know that these are sample degree plans. If you would like to talk to an academic advisor, please contact the College of Fine Arts Advising at (316) 978-6634 or cfa.advisor@wichita.edu.  

Bachelor of Music Education - Instrumental

Bachelor of Music Education - Keyboard

Bachelor of Music Education - Special Music Education

Bachelor of Music Education - Vocal

Cost

Tuition and Fees
Learn more about tuition and fees at Wichita State. 

Tuition Discount Programs
WSU offers tuition discounts for out-of-state students paying nonresident tuition. Find out more about tuition discounts at WSU. 

WSU Merit Scholarships
Students admitted to WSU are automatically considered for merit scholarships. Merit scholarships are awarded to both incoming freshman and transfer students. Learn more about merit scholarships at WSU. 

College of Applied Studies Scholarships
Both prospective and current exercise science majors are eligible for scholarships through the College of Applied Studies. Only one application is necessary to apply for all scholarships available to students in the College of Applied Studies. Complete the College of Applied Studies Scholarship Application.

Teacher Education Admission Requirements

All items must be completed prior to starting the Teacher Education Program. If you have questions or need assistance contact the College of Applied Studies Advising Center at (316) 978-3300, option 2. 

General Education Courses
 Thirty-Five (35) Hours of General Education:
  •  Basic skills courses (English Comp 1, English Comp 2, Public Speaking and College Algebra) with grades that meet Wichita State University policy. Elementary, Early Childhood Unified, and Middle Level Math majors are required to have a 2.0 or better in College Algebra in order to take Math 501. A grade of C- is not accepted.
  • General Psychology
  • Elementary Statistics
Intro to Teaching Course
Prospective candidates must complete an introductory to the teaching profession course (e.g., CI 270) with an earned grade of B- or better in the course and a “satisfactory” grade in the corresponding field experience component.
Standardized Test Requirement
A prospective teacher education candidate must meet only one of the following four standardized test requirements. The basic skills test used to fulfill his or her admission requirements must have been taken within ten (10) years from the date of the prospective candidate's application to the teacher education program.
 
  1. ACT composite score 21 or above
  2. Praxis test: reading 152 or above, writing 162 or above and math 142 or above
  3. SAT combined score 980 or above
  4. CAAP: reading 56 or above, writing 55 or above and math 53 or above. This exam was discontinued in December 2017. Scores completed prior to this date will be accepted for the next 10 years. 
Grade Point Average
Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:
  • Overall GPA: 2.5
  • GPA in 35 hours of general education coursework: 2.75
  • WSU GPA: 2.5 (if applicable)

If you do not meet this requirement, your academic advisor can assist you. Contact (316) 978-3300, option 2 for more information.

Application

Complete the Teacher Education Application Packet which includes:

  1. Application
  2. Signed Attestation of Eligibility
  3. Signed Grounds for Dismissal Regulations
  4. Certification of Health for School Personnel: Provide proof of a completed Certification of Health for School Personnel or TB test (K.S.A. 72-5213) or verification that this has been completed per your employer.
  5. Background CheckProvide verification of a completed Criminal Background Check.
    •  Option #1: Provide a copy of current Substitute License.
    • Option #2: Provide a copy of recent background clearance with Validity, NATSB, or district requirement.
    •  Option #3: Validity Screening Solutions - Submit the Validity Online Background Request Form with payment within 10 business days from the date of the Teacher Ed. Application.

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