Total Semester Hours required for the Degree: 135-139 semester hours
Semester Hours required for the Music with Teacher Certification Option: 65-89 semester hours
This option requires that students follow and meet the requirements for Admission, Retention and Graduation from Teacher Certification programs as described in the “Teacher Certification Programs” section of this catalog and as explained at the University Admission to Teacher Education Meeting which all students must attend. Students must gain University approval to take teacher education courses no later than the end of their first semester junior year in order to use this suggested plan. The ISEP program is not an option for music education majors. Additional information on Admission, Retention and Graduation for Teacher Certification programs can be found on the College of Education & Professional Studies website at www.eiu.edu/ceps/teached.
All students must pass the Illinois Certification Test of Basic Skills/Test of Academic Proficiency or document a composite score of 22 or higher on the ACT plus Writing for selection into teacher education and should complete this requirement no later than their sophomore year.
Students must receive a “C” or better in all courses used toward graduation, regardless of where they are taken. This includes general education, professional education, major and minor course, all university required courses, and electives. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative and major GPA of 2.65 in order to continue in the program.
Students must pass the appropriate Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) test before they can receive their teaching license from Illinois or any other state.
Instrumental concentration students are required to pass a playing proficiency exam on a secondary instrument from a family outside that of their primary instrument no later than midterm of the semester prior to student teaching.