Journal of Undergraduate Research


state music education certification practices, United States, state policies, music


Fine Arts and Communications




The purpose of this study was to compile relevant information for music educators about certification practices of each of the United States and the District of Columbia from resources available fall 2015, and to examine the commonalities and differences among the state policies. Specifically we identified the following for each state: (1) Content areas included under the certification in music teaching. (2) Age-level designations for certification in music teaching. (3) What tests are required for certification in music teaching? (4) Does the state have reciprocity for various certificates? (6) Is there an alternative certification program available for those without education degrees? (7) What fees, if any, are required for certification in the state? (8) Does the state require edTPA?

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