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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Earn Graduate Credit This Summer

Whether taking graduate classes for recertification, or as a part of a master’s degree, we understand the difficulty that teachers encounter when trying to complete courses during the school year. Therefore, the School of Music is offering a program designed for working professionals who are interested in earning graduate credit by offering classes online and/or during the summer.

In today’s financial climate, a master’s degree can help provide a much needed salary boost. For example –with a master’s degree, public school teachers employed with Fairfax County, Prince William County, and Loudoun County can expect between $55,000 - $60,000 in additional income over a ten-year period.

According to the Virginia Licensure Renewal Manual (pages 4 & 8), teachers can earn 30 professional development (PD) points per semester hour. Therefore one 3-credit hour course grants 90 PD points out of the 180 needed for recertification. Passing two 3-credit hour courses would satisfy the entire 180 PD points needed for recertification.

Additionally, obtaining a master’s degree can also provide the credentials needed to explore new opportunities including, but not limited to: teaching in higher education, serving in public school administrative music positions, and provide the pathway to beginning doctoral studies.

We will be offering TWO courses this summer that will count as credit towards a MM in music education.

MUSI 663 Aesthetics of Music Education ONLINE. June 6 – July 27
This class explores the history and philosophy of music education in America. Students gain experience preparing online units of instruction based upon an assigned historical topic. The class will conclude with a virtual poster session featuring philosophical research covered during the second half of the class.

Students will discover resources and tools appropriate for advanced research by performers, teacher, and scholars.

To register for these classes you will need to apply for Graduate Non-Degree Seeking status. If you need additional information registering, please contact Stevie Otto at

The Deadline to Apply is May 15th

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