The Department of Music Education prepares its majors for successful careers as music teachers through courses such as elementary, secondary, choral, instrumental methods, and student teaching. Emphasis is given to practical and concrete ways to teach all types of music in public school settings. Additionally, the Department teaches courses to elementary education and early-childhood majors. These courses emphasize the development of musical skills and the integration of music into the various elementary education and early-childhood professions.
After admission to the Music Education Program (audition required), majors typically spend the first two years developing their personal musicianship and performance skills and taking general education courses. In their junior year, majors must pass a "junior-standing" test and begin the professional sequence of courses which leads to teacher certification. Upon graduation and successful application for certification, majors receive a music teaching certificate for all grade levels (K-12) Choral and Instrumental. West Chester University graduates have found employment in virtually all states and are highly sought as music teachers.
The Bachelor in Music Education is a balanced program of general, specialized, and professional courses leading to qualification for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate to teach general, instrumental, and choral music in the elementary and secondary schools of Pennsylvania.