Music students

This program is currently not accepting new students


The Catholic University Music Education Program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Completing the program successfully qualifies you to be eligible to apply for licensure. All students eligible to apply for licensure in the District of Columbia are required to pass mandatory exams.

The Praxis® tests measure the academic skills and subject-specific content knowledge needed for teaching. The Praxis tests are taken by individuals entering the teaching profession as part of the certification process required by many states and professional licensing organizations.

You can learn more about the tests by accessing: For an overview for the District of Columbia teacher requirements and how to qualify for licensure:

Educator Passing Scores

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Entrance Requirements

An undergraduate music degree with a posted cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 is required. Any previous graduate study that might be accepted for transfer credit must also have at least a 3.0 GPA. Audition for vocal and instrumental applicants, and faculty interview required. Prior to submitting a formal application, persons interested in the Master of Arts in Teaching degree must communicate with the director of the program. All entering graduate students in the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T) degree program must take the Music Theory Placement Examination and the Music History Placement Examination before their first semester of classes. All entering graduate students must pass a Piano Proficiency Exam before student teaching. All entering graduate students must also pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills Test (Test Code 5752) with scores in all three areas (reading, writing, and math) sufficient to meet D.C. public school licensure requirements. All Instrumental Emphasis students will prove themselves proficient in all areas of instrumental technique areas, as established by the Catholic University Music Education Division Instrumental Proficiency standards, or in course, i.e., by completing music education techniques courses as a prerequisite to degree completion.

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    Degree Requirements

    This graduate degree program is designed for those who wish to be certified to teach music in the elementary or secondary school.

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