F.A.Q.

How do undergraduates become music education majors at Iowa?

First, undergraduates must apply and successfully audition on their instrument or voice to become a music major in the School of Music.

Second, and before taking required professional education courses, undergraduate students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program (TEP). The application for admission should be submitted to the College of Education Office of Education Services.

Deadlines for application are March 1 and October 1 for admission to restricted course work in the following semester. The music education faculty reviews applications and chooses a limited number of students for admission.

What is the Practicum?

Part of the requirements for EDTL:3610, Introduction & Practicum is that students spend 10 weeks of the semester observing and assisting a music teacher in a local school. Students are generally assigned to an elementary general music classroom. 70 hours of observation are required. This requirement is in addition to the class sessions on campus.

What is an e-portfolio?

The College of Education has established personal web space for each TEP student. In your first semester in the TEP you must take the EDTL:3002 Technology in the Classroom course to learn how to create web pages and upload electronic files to your web site. In each TEP course you will have assignments that you will upload to your website as evidence of fulfilling particular INTASC standards. Go to the College of Education's e-portfolio portal for complete information.

When do I apply for student teaching?

Applications are due a year in advance of the semester you plan to student teach. The application for admission should be submitted to the College of Education Office of Education Services.

I am (or plan to be) an Elementary Education major, not a music major. How do I obtain a music endorsement?

Students majoring in elementary education may earn an area of specialization in music by completing the approved licensure program for elementary teachers and 26 semester hours in music. Read about the K-8 certification program.