The Pre-Teacher Certification Concentration provides general skills, perspective, and knowledge for music leadership in schools, churches, and communities. Students take coursework in teaching methods (elementary and secondary level), instrumental techniques, curriculum, and select electives in other areas of interest. The Pre-Teacher Certification Concentration prepares students for a lifetime of service as music educators.
If you would like to have a conversation with a professor about the Pre-Teacher Certification Concentration, please contact:
Dr. Christian Hauser
OPTIONAL: Lutheran Teacher Certificate (19 units); Please see Christ College Certificate Requirements for additional requirements. Students typically complete Christ College Certificate Requirements during eight undergraduate semesters.
OPTIONAL: California Teacher Credential (36 units); Course requirements are available from the School of Education. The path to a Preliminary CA Single Subject Music Credential usually includes nine semesters of coursework and an additional semester of student teaching. Students must pass the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) prior to student teaching. They must also pass the California Basic Skills Test (CBEST) prior to receiving licensure.
However, according to a 2021 California law, students who graduate with a Bachelor of Art in Music degree are exempt from taking the CSET (California Subject Examination for Teachers). Furthermore, students are exempt from taking the CBEST if they have received a grade of B- or better in college coursework in reading, writing, and mathematics. Eligible classes to fulfill the reading requirement include critical thinking, literature, P\forms\Submission Type 2 – Expedited Revisions philosophy, reading, rhetoric, or textual analysis. Eligible writing courses include composition, English, rhetoric, written communications, or writing. Eligible math classes include geometry, mathematics, quantitative reasoning, or statistics
* Concurrent enrollment with EDUC 101 or EDUC 204/EDSP 204 is strongly recommended.
Current students, please note: The requirements listed here may not reflect the most current courses for this major and may not be the requirements for the catalog year you are following to complete your major. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for official requirements you must meet to qualify for a degree.