Timeline for Obligations in Professional Education
Another way of looking at the things you must do in addition to your music courses.
Everything on this page is included in the checklists found elsewhere in this document.
Be sure you understand and take care of all the items on this timeline as indicated. The most common delay in graduation for a music student is failure to take care of the requirements in a timely manner. These are not hard requirements, but they are necessary. Get them done so you can move on to more interesting things.
First Two Years
1. Apply to the teacher preparation program. You need to get your name in the system right away so that you will receive important information.
2. Attend one session of the "Prelude to the Profession."
3. Get your test scores in order. You must meet one of the following qualifications:
- SAT (composite score of 1100, 530 on verbal and math subtests)
- ACT (composite score of 24, math 22, English/reading 46)
- Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) reading and writing composite score of 470 AND SAT math score of 530 if composite score of 1100 was obtained
Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)
- VCLA reading and writing composite score of 470 AND ACT math score of 22 if composite score of 24 was obtained
- VCLA reading and writing composite score of 470 AND Praxis I CASE (5732) math score of 150
4. Notify the coordinator of Music Education that you plan to pursue the music education program
1. Present test scores to the Music Education Coordinator and get recommendation to move from BA in Music to BM in Music Education.
2. Complete MUSC145 with a grade of C or better
3. Complete the Music education interview (taken at the end of MUSC145)
Any time during the first two years:
Complete ENGL150, EDUC260 and EDUC245 with a grade of C or better.
By the end of Sophomore year:
1. Be sure that you have been accepted into the Teacher Education Program Acceptance into the Teacher Preparation Program and the Sophomore Promotional should be completed prior to upper class (junior) status.
Admission requires appropriate test scores (see above); a major GPA of 2.5 or better and an overall GPA of 2.5 or better; and completion of MUSC145, EDUC260 and EDUC245 with a grade of C or better.
2. The Practica are best completed during the first two years.
1. Take EDUC487 in order to avoid scheduling conflicts during your senior year.
2. Apply for student teaching
You must apply a full year before you plan to student teach.
3. Take the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA), if you haven't already done so. If you were admitted to the teacher preparation program based on test scores A. or B. above, you still need to take the VCLA for Virginia teacher licensure.
1. Take Praxis II in Music in November
Praxis II in Music is a requirement for student teaching placement.
2. Student teach. And, have a wonderful time.
Passing scores on the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) and Praxis II are required before student teaching placement.
During Freshman through Junior Years
Complete Music Practica - MUSC456 and 346 (These must be completed prior to the student-teaching semester.)
NOTE: Music Practica - MUSC456 and 346 - must be completed prior to the student-teaching semester.
NOTE: In order to remain in the teacher education program, you must
- maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.5
- maintain a major (that's music) GPA of at least 2.5
NOTE: Be sure to save a copy when you get your Praxis and VCLA test scores. Your electronic record on the ETS web site will disappear after a month or so, and they will charge you big bucks to send you a copy later.
NOTE: Make every effort to meet or get ahead of these deadlines. Please remember that you do not get to be a teacher just because you have a passion for music and kids. You must also do the work and meet the qualifications. We promise that, if you do, you will find the pleasure in doing so. Good Luck!!
updated on 6/23/16