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Undergraduate & Graduate Dates to Remember*

Fall Term 2009

August 26-30 Wolfpack Welcome
August 31 Classes begin
September 4
Add deadline
October 30 Last day to withdraw & last day
to apply for graduation
December 11 Last day of classes
December 12-18 Final Exams

Spring Term 2010

January 8 New Student Orientation
January 11 Classes begin
January 15 Add deadline
March 12 Last day to withdraw & last day to apply for graduation
April 28 Last day of classes
April 30 - May 6 Final Exams
May 8 Commencement - all colleges

*College of Law dates on Law Bulletin

Bachelor of Music Education

The College of Music and Fine Arts offers a program of study leading to a bachelor of music in music education degree with teaching certification in K — 12 vocal or instrumental music. The College of Music and Fine Arts in consortium with Our Lady of Holy Cross College offers coursework leading to post-baccalaureate certification in Louisiana. The College of Music and Fine Arts demonstrates a commitment to engaging all resources needed to prepare teacher candidates to acquire the knowledge, dispositions, and skilled actions necessary for K — 12 student achievement in music.

The Music Education Department aims to produce music teachers who possess the fundamentals of scholarship, musicianship, the communication skills, and the emotional maturity and social competence expected of a professional music educator. Classes are small so that students receive individual attention from faculty who are vitally interested in issues of creative and critical thinking, philosophically based education, student-centered learning, issues of social context, and music technology.  The program’s reflective approach to teacher preparation incorporates technical aspects of teaching with moral considerations into program coursework, fieldwork, and clinical practice. Music education candidates gain competence in professional teaching standards, a variety of communication methods, and collaboration skills.


Prerequisites to the music education major include:

  1. Admission to the College of Music and Fine Arts;
  2. Declaration of music education major;
  3. Piano students would need to fulfill audition requirements of the instrumental or vocal program;
  4. Successful completion of Foundations of Multicultural Education*;
  5. Completion of an interview with music teacher education faculty members;
  6. Evidence of knowledge, dispositions, and skilled actions appropriate to program objectives and the folio-based program assessment plan.

Music education candidate progress is determined by assessment measures employed at transition portals 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Portal 1- (Freshman)

  • Portal 1– Acceptance to College of Music and Fine Arts (Freshman)
  • Passing scores on Praxis I in reading, writing, and mathematics
  • Achieve a grade of C (2.0) or better in Prelude to Music Education and Foundations of Multicultural Education*

Portal 2- (Sophomore — Junior)

  • Methods courses and field components:

Instrumental Track- M200, M250, M308, M306

Vocal Track- M200, M250, M307, M306

  • Praxis II in Principles of Learning and Teaching, Praxis Music
  • Junior Recital
  • Faculty Interview

Portal 3- (Senior)

  • Intern Teaching/Student Teaching Seminar
  • Remaining coursework
  • Completion of all other program requirements
  • Application for certification

Portal 4– Licensed Practice

  • Follow-up graduate surveys
  • LATAPP evaluations
  • To be eligible for graduation and state certification, students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and the grade of a C (2.0) or better in all music and professional education courses.

* Our Lady of Holy Cross (OLHCC) consortium


The culminating experience in music teacher education is the teaching internship. Internship teaching is a full-time, off-campus, school-based experience comprising a full semester. During internship teaching, the teacher candidate is expected to assume all responsibilities of a certified teacher. Intern teaching is clinical practice supervised by one or more faculty members in the music education department and a mentor teacher in the school.

Upon successful completion of the internship, teacher candidates qualify for application for the bachelor of music degree and certification with the state of Louisiana. Faculty review may require probation, or removal of teacher candidate, for a given period. The services of the university counseling center are available for the purpose of career counseling to assist student teacher candidates.


To be recommended by Loyola University New Orleans for certification as a K — 12 vocal or instrumental teacher in Louisiana, the teacher candidate must fulfill all the requirements specified by the department for the degree program in music education. The degree program incorporates all the requirements for certification by the State of Louisiana for teaching in grades K – 12. Certification requirements for Louisiana including reciprocity with other states are established by the Louisiana State Department of Education and are subject to change. Any such changes will be incorporated into the teacher preparation programs.


Non-music Requirements


A. Humanities
Cr. Hrs.
1. Philosophy (PHIL T122)
2. Religious Studies (RELS T122)
B. General Education
1. English (ENGL T122)
English (ENGL T125)
2. Social Sciences (HIST T122 or 124 — World Civilization)
Social Sciences (HIST, POLS, ECON)
3. Physical Sciences (BIOL T122)
Physical Sciences (PHYS T122)
Physical Sciences (CHEM T122)
4. Math (MATH T122)
Math (MATH — math elective)


Students must have an overall GPA of 2.75 and no grade lower than C in each course of the teaching area, as well as in each professional education course. In addition, students must take the Praxis Examination core battery and specialized area examination. Please consult with departmental advisers for more details.

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