Students seeking admission into the Master of Music Education degree program must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School and the specific program requirements. In addition, applicants must have a valid teaching certificate based on a four-year teacher education program. Applicants who do not meet the requirements for a valid teaching certificate based on a four-year teacher education program will be required to complete the undergraduate courses leading to licensure. These courses may be completed concurrently with graduate work, but must be completed before the student is admitted to candidacy for the degree. Applicants must also take the A-State Department of Music entrance examinations in music education, music history, and written and aural music theory.
Admission into the MME program requires the submission of:
- Official transcripts for coursework and degree completion verification in music education or an approved equivalent.
- A Letter of Interest (minimum of 500 words, maximum of 750) stating current professional status and goals after obtaining the MME degree.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
- A minimum of three (3) professional letters of recommendation. At least one letter from a College/University faculty member and another letter from an administrator or supervisor of your current (most recent) teaching position.
- A video recording of you teaching an ensemble/group music lesson (minimum of 5 minutes, maximum of 10 minutes).
In addition to the above requirements, the following grades and scores must be achieved.
Unconditional Admission – A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 (or 3.25 on the last 60 hours), and a minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Verbal Reasoning section score of 149 and Quantitative Reasoning section score of 148.
Conditional Admission - A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 (or 3.00 on the last 60 hours), and a minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Verbal Reasoning section score of 146 and Quantitative Reasoning section score of 145.
All students seeking admission to the Master of Music Education degree program must take the Department of Music entrance examinations in music education, music history, music theory, and ear training. The results of this examination assist in planning each student’s exact course of study. This examination is generally administered during the week prior to the start of classes. Contact the Graduate Program Supervisor for details. Click here for a study guide.