Music Teacher Licensure



Non-Degree Graduate Teacher Licensure for Georgia Schools, P-12

Individuals holding an accredited bachelor’s degree in a field of music (Bachelor of Music; Bachelor of Arts in Music; etc.) may be eligible for the nondegree initial licensure program to teach music in the public schools of Georgia. Following assessment of background and proficiencies, the music education faculty plan a program of study for each admitted student. To be considered for this program, applicants should apply online to the Graduate Office of the College of the Arts. As part of the application, several graduate-level music education courses must be indicated for intended study. Applicants must have at least a 2.5 undergraduate GPA. Students should apply to the Office of Graduate Programs.

The application process is twofold: Following successful admission to the university, applicants then apply directly to the music education division for admission to the licensure program. Admission to graduate status does not assure admission to the licensure program. Typically, the program requires two years of course work, including an internship or student teaching. Applicants wishing to be licensed who do not hold a bachelor’s degree in music must apply either for admission to a second bachelor’s degree in music education or as post-baccalaureate students to complete the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in music education. Further information on both programs may be obtained directly from the music education division.

An audition is required when applying to the non-degree program leading toward teacher certification in music.  The audition will be held after the application materials have been processed and before acceptance to the University. The purpose of the audition is to demonstrate evidence of the technical proficiency and musical artistry necessary to inspire young people’s study of music.The audition consists of four parts:

1.  Perform repertoire on primary instrument or voice (between 3 and 5 minutes in duration), demonstrating the highest level of current musical ability.

2.  Play “My Country ’tis of Thee” on the piano.

3.  Conduct “My Country ’tis of Thee” (the interviewers will be the performers).

4.  Sightread a simple 4-part chorale on the piano