Total Semester Hours required for the Degree: 128 -132 semester hours
Semester Hours required for the Music with Teacher Licensure Option: 91-95 semester hours
This option requires that students follow and meet the requirements for Admission, Retention and Graduation from Teacher Licensure programs as described in the “Teacher Licensure 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 sophomore year in order to use the department curricular plan. Additional information on Admission, Retention and Graduation for Teacher Licensure programs can be found on the College of Education & Professional Studies website at www.eiu.edu/ceps/teached.
All students must pass the Illinois Licensure Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP). Students can substitute ACT plus Writing or SAT scores for the TAP if they meet the minimum scores set by the Illinois State Board of Education. These scores can be found at http://www.eiu.edu/ceps/teached or by contacting the CEPS Dean’s Office. Students should complete this requirement no later than their sophomore year.
All B.Mus., Teacher Licensure students must pass the Music Illinois Content Area test no later than the semester prior to student teaching.
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.
In addition to the above-mentioned tests, all students in the teacher licensure program are required to pass the edTPA (teacher performance assessment) in order to receive a teaching license in Illinois or any other state. Students will make their edTPA submission during student teaching.