​Secondary Education, Music

Award: Associate of Arts
Degree Code: ESMU
Number of Credits: 68

Program Description

This program option provides the first two years of college for students preparing to become music education teachers. Students must graduate with a 2.75 GPA, pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) test1 (or an approved alternative test equivalency) and successfully complete a professional portfolio approved by the Director of Teacher Education. All students who enroll in this program should work closely with their advisor and the Director of Teacher Education.

Transfer Information

Cecil College has articulation agreements with Maryland and regional institutions. Click on "Transfer Opportunities" in MyCecil under the Advising Tab for a list of transfer pathways. In addition, transfer information is available through ARTSYS (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Required Courses

General Education and Program Requirements
Number Title Credits
BIO 101 and
BIO 111
General Biology [S]
General Biology Lab
3
1
EGL 101 Freshman Composition [E] 3
EGL 102 Composition and Literature [H] 3
HST 201 or
HST 202
United States History I [H]
United States History II [H]
3
MAT 127 Introduction to Statistics [M] 4
PSC 105 General Physical Science with Lab [SL] 4
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology [SS] 3
SOC SCI Social Science Elective 2 [SS] 3
SPH 141 Public Speaking [H] 3
Program Requirements
Number Title Credits
EDU 101 Foundations of Education 3
EDU 102 Foundations of Education - Field Experience 1
EDU 207 Educational Psychology - Field Experience 1
EDU 251 Introduction to Exceptional Children and Youth 3
EDU 253 Introduction to Exceptional Children and Youth - Field Experience 1
MUC 102 Piano Class I 1
MUC 114 Piano Class II 1
MUC 110 Music Theory & Musicianship I 4
MUC 111 Music Theory & Musicianship II 4
MUC 210 Music Theory & Musicianship III 4
MUC 211 Music Theory & Musicianship IV 4
MUC Music Ensemble Electives 3 4
MUL Music Individual Lesson Electives 4 4
PSY 207 Educational Psychology 3

Recommended Sequence

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program as a full-time student. Developmental and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Students should consult their degree audit at MyCecil or an academic advisor for individual degree planning.

Fall I (17 credits)
EDU 101 Introduction to Education
EDU 102 Introduction to Education - Field Experience
EGL 101 Freshman Composition
MUC 102 Piano Class I
MUC 110 Music Theory & Musicianship I
MUC Music Ensemble Elective
MUL Music Individual Lesson Elective
SOC SCI Social Science Elective
Spring I (17 credits)
EGL 102 Composition and Literature
MUC 111 Music Theory & Musicianship II
MUC 114 Piano Class II
MUC Music Ensemble Elective
MUL Music Individual Lesson Elective
PSC 105 General Physical Science with Lab
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
Fall II (17 credits)
BIO 101 and
BIO 111
General Biology
General Biology Lab
EDU 251 Introduction to Exceptional Children and Youth
EDU 253 Introduction to Exceptional Children and Youth - Field Experience
MUC 210 Music Theory & Musicianship III
MUC Music Ensemble Elective
MUL Music Individual Lesson Elective
SPH 141 Public Speaking
Spring II (16 credits)
HST 201 and
HST 202
United States History I
United States History II
EDU 207 Educational Psychology - Field Experience
MAT 127 Introduction to Statistics
MUC 211 Music Theory & Musicianship IV
MUC Music Ensemble Elective
MUL Music Individual Lesson Elective
PSY 207 Educational Psychology

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Identify major historical events in education and analyze the impact of those events with current educational trends
  • Identify the policies, issues, trends, and historical events in the field of elementary education
  • Identify the psychological, cognitive, emotional, and physical characteristics of typically developing children and adolescents, with specific consideration to children with disabilities
  • Identify the current and inclusive philosophies for differentiating instruction to analyze, improve, and facilitate instruction for diverse learners
  • Demonstrate progress toward mastering the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Standards
  • Develop excellent written, verbal, critical thinking, and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrate progress toward mastering the INTASC Standards
  • Demonstrate understanding of content areas and apply developmentally appropriate approaches to enhance children’s learning and development
  • Demonstrate proficiency at the intermediate level on their main instrument or vocal part
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of tonal harmony
  • Demonstrate functional proficiency in aural theory (ear training) and sight singing
  • Demonstrate proper use of basic hardware and software tools of music technology
  • Demonstrate an understanding of classroom teaching in the music field

Career Opportunities

Education, performance, composing and arranging, conducting, music therapy, recording industry and communications.​​

 

1 The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) test should be taken after completing 45 credits. For more information about the Core test, students should contact the Director of Teacher Education or go to www.ets.org/praxis.
2 Social Science Elective must be a course designation other than PSY.
3 Electives include Chamber Choir, Chamber Ensemble, Band, Orchestra, or other approved elective. Please see current Cecil College course schedule for available ensembles or contact the music faculty for more information.
4 Electives include individual lessons in Voice, Piano, String Instruments, Woodwind Instruments, Brass Instruments, Percussion/Drums, Guitar, Classical Guitar, Jazz Guitar, Songwriting/Composition or other approved elective. Please see current Cecil College course schedule for available courses or contact the music faculty for more information.​​