University Requirements

General Education

The UMKC General Education Core is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete.  The 30-credit hour core curriculum includes three course types designated as Anchor, Discourse and Focus and is detailed in the General Education section of the catalog.

Constitution Course 

Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.

RooWriter Assessment

Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete the online UMKC RooWriter Writing Assessment after they have passed Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) but before they have attained 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must complete the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment or within one semester after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent). Students who have not completed the RooWriter Writing Assessment within two semesters after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) will be blocked from enrollment until they successfully complete the RooWriter. Additional information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Exit Examinations

Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Application and Audition Requirements

Music Education majors are expected to display those personal characteristics and professional qualities possessed by effective teachers. Applicants audition in their applied performance area and are interviewed by the music education faculty to determine their admission to this program.

Applications for admission to the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance are reviewed by both the Applied and the Music Education faculties. Applicants must demonstrate facility in their applied performance area and a strong academic record in addition to well-defined attitudes and goals toward music in elementary and secondary education (see fitness-to-teach).

  1. Students must have an ACT score of 21 or higher, or be at the 50 percentile or higher in the high school class rank, or have a high school grade-point average of 2.50 or better
  2. Applicants may be asked to complete an interview or an online questionnaire related to their interest in the music education program.
  3. Students who do not achieve these standards (listed above) may be considered for admission, but must meet the standards listed below to progress through the degree.

Specific Degree Requirements

Specific degree requirements regarding applied music

  1. ‪Bachelor of Music. All bachelor of music students, except composition majors, must complete Applied Music Studies 402. A graded public recital is required. Music Theory majors must complete Applied Studies 402 (2 credit hours), with participation in CONSVTY 498 required in lieu of the graded public recital.
  2. ‪Bachelor of Music in Music Composition. All freshman and transfer students who are applying for admission as composition majors must take an applied audition as part of the application and admissions process. Results of the audition will be communicated to the composition coordinator, and will be used as part of the overall decision-making process, together with the student's portfolio, transcripts and supporting documents. In cases where the audition is not acceptable or where there is no room for that student in a given applied studio, the composition faculty may elect, if the other portions of the application are sufficiently strong, to recommend admission for the student on a provisional basis. The student must re-audition after a maximum of two semesters of study; if the situation is not resolved by the end of the first year, the student may then be denied composition major status and/or music major status.
  3. ‪All bachelor of music education students must complete Applied Music Studies 401 (secondary). A studio recital is required.
  4. ‪ ‪All bachelor of arts music students must complete Applied Music Studies 301 (secondary).

Expectations for Degree Progression and Retention

Complete 201 and be admitted into 202 in the applied area of study.

Compile a GPA of at least 2.8 overall and/or 3.0 GPA in music.

Must maintain a combined GPA of at least 2.75 in music theory and ear training classes.

Before the student teaching semester the student:
Must complete a 30-minute public recital and 401.
Must maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.8 with a 3.0 in music and a 3.0 in music methods (128, 385 and 386/387).

The Music Education faculty expects music education students to exhibit those characteristics appropriate for effective teaching throughout the program and to make satisfactory progress toward the degree.

Other specific retention criteria are as follows:

  1. Be in good standing, free from academic, disciplinary, or music probation;
  2. Maintain the following grade point averages:
    1. Minimum cumulative GPA for all coursework is 2.80.
    2. Minimum cumulative GPA for all music coursework is 3.00.
    3. All required music courses must be completed with C or better.

Evaluation of student progress occurs each semester through an audit and advising system in the Music Education Division. In addition, the progress of all students is reviewed at the completion of the sophomore year by the entire Music Education faculty in order to determine admission to the teacher education track.

Recital Requirements

  1. Bachelor of music education majors with choral emphasis or instrumental emphasis are required to perform a studio recital at least 30 minutes long. Students may petition their division if they want to give a public recital. The public recital may be graded at the option of students and the division. This grade will be in lieu of the jury at the option of the division.

Fitness to Teach

Upon being admitted to the teacher education track, the Conservatory and the School of Education have a process in place to assure that all teacher candidates will be assessed throughout their program according to “Fitness to Teach” criteria (the Fitness to Teach Checklist/Referral Form is available from the Music Education Faculty). Additional criteria include:

  1. Competed criminal background history review.
  2. Meeting academic requirements, including scholastic integrity and good communication skills.
  3. Exhibiting personal and professional behaviors, such as appropriate social and interpersonal skills and appropriate dress for professional contexts.
  4. Demonstrating appropriate cultural and social attitudes and behavior, including respect for diversity and acceptance of and accommodations for exceptional learners
  5. Demonstrating appropriate emotional and cognitive dispositions, such as sound judgment and reflective and analytical thinking.

All teacher candidates will be reviewed semi-annually in the form of aggregated Fitness to Teach Checklist/Referral Form data. Patterns of concern identified in the review may result in a formal review process. Additionally, faculty may choose to refer a teacher education candidate for review at any time by completing the Fitness to Teach Checklist/Referral Form. The review process may result in remediation or removal from the Teacher Education program.

Candidates referred for review are expected to participate in the process. Refusal to participate will not terminate the process and may result in removal form the program.

Any teacher candidate referred for review is afforded due process throughout the review proceedings. After all stages of review, a letter of appeal may be submitted to the dean for consideration. The dean’s decision is final

Field Experience and Student Teaching

Undergraduates begin their final field placement during the fall semester of their final year. Students are assigned to an elementary and secondary school with a cooperating teacher who supervises and mentors them.  Students continue in these placements for student teaching during their final semester of the degree.  Students are assigned to a school with a master teacher who supervises and mentors them throughout a complete quarter of teaching.

Student teaching, under the guidance of a cooperating teacher and a university supervisor, is the culmination of this program. To be eligible for a student teaching assignment, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Satisfy the retention criteria described above.
  2. Have removed all unsatisfactory grades from their records (I, F,  etc.).
  3. Have successfully passed the Piano Proficiency Examination.
  4. Have completed all required course work except student teaching.
  5. Have passing scores for Praxis examinations (as specified by Missouri and Kansas).

A student will not be recommended for graduation who has, in the opinion of the Music Education faculty, failed to demonstrate acceptable characteristics and competencies. Upon successful completion of the Music Education program, students are eligible for preK-12 music certification in Missouri and Kansas.

Double Majors

A student who is approved by the faculty for the major in Performance will complete the requirements in both Music Education and Performance. This program is a composite of both programs of study, and may require an additional year of study.

Certification Procedures

Upon completion of the bachelor of music education degree, students must initiate the application for Missouri and Kansas certification in the Student Services Office of the School of Education. Applications should be filed during the student teaching semester. Certification is not automatic.

Elementary and secondary student teaching are required for the K-12 certificate.

All prospective teachers must take and receive a satisfactory score on the following tests for state certification:

  • For Missouri certification, students must receive a satisfactory score on the Praxis II professional knowledge.
  • For Kansas certification, students must receive satisfactory scores on the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) in reading, writing and mathematics, and the Praxis II core test.