Dec 01, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Music Education (K-12), B.S.


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This program provides students the opportunity to prepare for a career in teaching Music in grades Kindergarten through twelve.  Students in the program learn the content and pedagogical knowledge required to become transformative classroom teachers and to support their future students’ academic achievement. Content courses help students learn vocal or instrumental music skills, as well as music appreciation, theory, history, arrangement, and technology. Education courses help students learn the instructional techniques, assessment methods, and technological knowledge to succeed in today’s dynamic classrooms. 

Requirements for Graduation:

To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Music Education must complete a minimum of 132 credits, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher, satisfy the College’s residency requirements, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for First Year Seminar and all courses taken as part of Foundations. Courses used to complete the General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.  A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required to student teach and to obtain Pennsylvania teaching certification.

The General Education Requirements of the college require students to successfully complete First Year Seminar, Foundations (FCO 103 will be a required co-requisite with FCO 105 for students who have a high school GPA below 3.20), Disciplinary Perspectives, and a Constellation. Students who enter the college with 30 credit hours completed will not take a First Year Seminar course and therefore must take an additional 3 credits for graduation. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation.  However, all Education majors are required to take courses found in the Children and Family Constellation as part of their teaching certification requirements.  For Music Education majors, these include PSY221 or PSY223, SPE200, and either SPE270 or SPE271, and a required course in the major (EDU225). 

In addition, students in this major must earn a minimum grade of 2.0 in each required music course. Students majoring in Music Education must also achieve a grade of 3.0 or higher in each of the following six courses- FCO105, SE201, MAT115, MAT150, EDU260 and SE220 and demonstrate satisfactory progress on identified professional and personal dispositions.  Students seeking certification in Music Education will be required to have a minimum of 190 hours of Field Experience prior to the student teaching semester and meet specific requirements as noted in the Certification Requirements section in the Department of Education.

General Education Requirement


First Year Seminar


Foundations Requirements


Disciplinary Perspectives Requirement


Constellation Requirement


The Constellation requirement is met when a student completes four courses from a minimum of three disciplines within the Constellation requirements.  Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation except for Education majors.

All education majors are required to declare the Transformation: Children, the Family, and Development across the Lifespan constellation as part of their General Education requirements. This constellation provides coursework in areas that relate directly to the field of education such as child development, literacy development and English language learners.  The content in these specific courses includes competencies required to earn a Pennsylvania Teaching Certification.  The courses include PSY 221  or PSY 223 , SPE 200 , and either SPE 270   or SPE 271  and a course that is required in this major (EDU 225 ).

Required Major Courses:


A grade of 2.0 is required in all the courses listed below.

Instrumental Emphasis


Students must complete the following courses:

Vocal Emphasis


Students must complete the following courses:

Performance Courses


General Music Education majors must satisfy Senior Recital and Piano Proficiency Requirements prior to the Student Teaching Semester.

  • Primary Applied Music 7 credit hours
  • Secondary Applied Music 1 credit hour 
  • Music Ensembles 7 credit hours
  • Senior Recital 0 credit hours
  • Piano Proficiency 0 credit hours

Professional Semester


Students are required to have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for admittance to the Professional Semester.

Suggested Course Sequence:


Freshman Year


Fall (17.5 credits)


Spring (16.5 credits)


Sophomore Year


Junior Year


Spring (18 credits)


Senior Year


Fall (15 credits)


Spring (12 credits)


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