Jun 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin

Music Education (BA)

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Federal CIP: 13.1312 Music Teacher Education

The BA in Music Education prepares an individual for certification as a music teacher within the South Carolina Schools. Students pursuing this degree also serve in private-school music programs as well as private-applied music instructors.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of every music major’s course of study, competence must be demonstrated in a knowledge and/or realization of performance, musicianship, composition, improvisation, music history, repertory, music technology, conducting, orchestration, instrumental methods, and analytical techniques. The student will synthesize many of the concepts studied in these subject areas in preparation for the culminating event of a senior recital.

Music education majors who are on a choral track and have piano as the area of concentration must complete two hours in voice as an applied minor.

Majors must maintain an overall GPA of 2.75 with no grade lower than B- in all EDUC and MUSC courses in their program.

For music education, students must demonstrate competency during a semester of clinical experience in a public school and pass all required Praxis tests.

All education programs include a general education strand, an appropriate content area strand, and a professional education strand specific to the major. The syllabi of courses required for the preparation of educational personnel in each professional education program reflect knowledge bases, current research, effective practice, and school effectiveness. Further, the course content has been aligned to the principles of the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC), the respective Specialized Professional Association (SPA) standards, the South Carolina state curriculum standards, the ADEPT assessment instrument, and the Southern Wesleyan University School of Education and Music dispositions.

Responsibility of the Teacher Candidate

Southern Wesleyan University places the responsibility of fulfilling all requirements for graduation with the teacher candidate. A teacher candidate should be familiar with the appropriate graduation requirements as stated in the Southern Wesleyan University General Catalog and the additional requirements explained in the School of Education Teacher Candidate Handbook, available online at http://www.swu.edu/academics/education.

State law requires that each person enrolled in a teacher education program in South Carolina be advised by the University that a prior criminal record could prevent certification as a teacher in this state. The South Carolina State Department of Education requires each teacher candidate to submit fingerprints and undergo a state criminal-records check by the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and a national criminal records check by the FBI before the candidate is cleared to participate in clinical experiences. Teacher candidates who have questions about this requirement should see the Coordinator of Field Studies.

A teacher candidate may not graduate or participate in commencement exercises unless all academic and extra-academic requirements have been satisfied. The teacher candidate is responsible for completing all the necessary paperwork and submitting it to the School of Education and Music and/or the Office of the Academic Records before graduation deadlines.

Failure to follow University and State requirements, schedules, and deadlines may result in a delay of one or more semesters in the teacher candidate’s program and planned graduation.

The Lock System of Assessment 

The teacher-education candidate is responsible for reading the full explanation of the Lock Assessment System in the School of Education Teacher-Candidate Handbook, available online at http://www.swu.edu/academics/education.

Field Experience Placements 

It is the strong belief among the faculty members of the School of Education and Music that the teacher candidate’s preparation for the education profession should include field experiences in classrooms that reflect a diverse student population. These classrooms should include students who are characterized by differences in race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and abilities. Accordingly, the Coordinator of Field Studies will assign the teacher candidate to varying cooperating schools and grade levels that include a demographic makeup that approximates that of the diverse communities comprising the local school districts. Specifically, the teacher candidate will be assigned to a minimum of three different grade levels in three different schools in fulfillment of the requirements of the field experiences.

Pre-Clinical Experience

This is the last field experience prior to the clinical experience (student teaching) and involves the teacher candidate in cooperating classrooms at two different levels. At least one of these assigned pre-clinical classrooms will usually serve as the classroom in which the teacher candidate will partially fulfill the requirements for the clinical experience. A total of 80 hours is required in the cooperating classrooms, half of which must be fulfilled in each academic setting. The teacher candidate will prepare lesson plans and teach lessons in the cooperating classrooms. In order for the teacher candidate to continue to the clinical experience, the cooperating teachers must submit favorable evaluations regarding the student’s role in their classroom.

Clinical Experience 

The capstone courses for the education major are EDUC 4627 Clinical Experience I and EDUC 4637 Clinical Experience II, which occur during the teacher candidate’s last semester. The clinical experience must be considered the highest priority among the teacher candidate’s other activities. The fact that the student’s schedule has been arranged so that all academic requirements have been fulfilled prior to the Clinical Experience attests to the importance the School of Education and Music faculty assigns to the Clinical Experience semester. The teacher candidate must provide evidence that the Praxis II content area tests have been passed before admission to Lock II and Expanded ADEPT Plan. (Before state licensure can be obtained the teacher candidate must pass both the Principles of Learning and Teaching and the Praxis II: Subject Assessments exams). Because of the demands inherent with Clinical Experience responsibilities, maintaining outside employment during the clinical experience semester is strongly discouraged. Permission from the Coordinator of Field Studies must be obtained to maintain outside employment, when necessary.

The teacher candidate is evaluated for competency in each of the ten Performance Standards of the South Carolina System for Assisting, Developing, and Evaluating Professional Teaching (ADEPT). The ADEPT instrument is used to evaluate the teacher candidate in a fashion that simulates the formal-evaluation process of a teacher employed in the state of South Carolina with at least a provisional contract.

Detailed information regarding the entire Clinical Experience semester is contained in the School of Education Clinical Experience Handbook. This document is distributed to all teacher candidates during the orientation sessions that are scheduled prior to the beginning of the semester during which the teacher candidate plans to complete the Clinical Experience. It is also available online at http://www.swu.edu/academics/education when the teacher candidate clicks on the “Education Resources” link.

Attendance at all orientation sessions is mandatory in preparation for the clinical experience.

The teacher candidate must complete professional education courses and the required number of courses in each major to fulfill the certification standards mandated by the South Carolina Department of Education. The teacher candidate should refer to the School of Education Student Handbook for detailed information regarding the requirements for the teacher-education program.

Music Education (BA) Requirements

Major Courses

Completion of MUSC major courses (with the exception of MUSC methods) requires a minimum grade of B-.

Instrumentalist Requirements

Vocalist Requirements


Core Curriculum  Requirements 28-44 hrs.

Major Requirements 61 hrs.

Professional Education Requirements 42 hrs.

Total: 131-142 hrs.

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