Music Education Graduate Certificate

The 31-unit Music Education Graduate Certificate is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students to successfully apply and complete a Single Subject (in Music) Education Credential and become successful music teachers in K-12 California schools.

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 in two ways:

  1. While pursuing a Bachelor of Art (B.A) in Music at CSUEB. Students must be admitted into the B.A. in Music degree in order to start this certificate.
  2. As a graduate certificate, for all applicants already in possession of a Bachelor's degree.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please reach the main music office Phone: (510) 885-3135 Email:; Do you have questions about the music education curriculum? Contact Dr. John Eros, advisor for Music Education - Phone: 510-885-3149 Email:

Certificate Unit-Outline [31 units]

 Secondary Techniques

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


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

Music Education Core Courses

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

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.