Certificate in Music Education

General Information

The 31-unit Single Subject Matter Preparation Certificate Program is a sequence of courses designed to prepare music students to become successful music teachers in K-12 school settings. Students receive education in a variety of musical disciplines and pedagogical approaches, including choral, instrumental, general, and world music. The program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Currently it may be obtained while pursuing a Bachelor of Art (B.A) in Music degree at CSUEB and students must be admitted into the B.A. in Music degree in order to start this certificate.

Do you have questions about the music education curriculum? Contact Dr. John Eros, advisor for Music Education. Phone: 510-885-3149; Email: john.eros@csueastbay.edu

Certificate Unit-Outline [31 units]

 Secondary Techniques

Six (6) units in performance and pedagogy of standard orchestral instruments, voice, and guitar are required:

  • MUS 231 - Teaching String Instruments Units: 1
  • MUS 232 - Teaching Woodwind Instruments Units: 1
  • MUS 233 - Teaching Brass Instruments Units: 1
  • MUS 234 - Teaching Percussion Units: 1
  • MUS 235 - Basic Guitar Techniques Units: 1
  • MUS 236 - Basic Vocal Techniques Units: 1


Six (6) units of developmental basic skills in conducting, as well as more specific skills for choral and instrumental settings are required:

  • MUS 341 - Basic Conducting Units: 3
  • MUS 441 - Intermediate Conducting Units: 3

Music Education Core Courses

The following ten (10) units are required of all music education students:

  • MUS 335 - Technology for Music Educators Units: 3
  • MUS 304 - World Music & Culture Units: 3 ; Breadth Area: GE-UD-C
  • MUS 331 - Foundations of Music Education Units: 3
  • MUS 495 - Music Education Practicum Units: 1

Music Teaching and Learning

These required nine (9) units focus on specific disciplines within music teaching and learning. They are designed to prepare future music educators to teach in a variety of K-12 areas, including instrumental, choral, and elementary music teaching settings.

  • MUS 431 - Elementary Music Teaching Methods Units: 3
  • MUS 432 - Instrumental Music Teaching Methods Units: 3
  • MUS 433 - Choral Music Teaching Methods Units: 3