State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites
This is an official state teacher education program. All music education students must demonstrate teaching
proficiency upon completion of MUE 2090 in order to continue in the program. Students remain coded as pre-music
education (MPE) until all degree admission requirements have been met.
In order to take advanced coursework in the music education program, students must present evidence that they have attained an average of B for three aural theory courses (MUT 1241 , MUT 1242 , MUT 2246 ) and have maintained an overall USF GPA of 3.0. These standards are prerequisites for MUE 3424 , MUE 3425 , MUE 4311 , MUE 4331 , MUE 4332 , MUE 4936 , and MUE 4940 . Evidence can be in the form of either an updated USF transcript or a current degree audit report. This information must be presented to the academic advisor before the end of the drop/add week in order to enroll in any of these seven music education courses.
Note: The following prerequisites are required for all education majors. Students should consult their intended majors (listed under “Departments and Programs,” below) for a list of other specific course prerequisites and requirements beyond these listed below:
- EDF X005 or MUE X040 - 3 credit hours
- MUT X111 or MUT X121 - 3 credit hours
- MUT X112 or MUT X122 - 3 credit hours
- MUT X116 or MUT X126 - 3 credit hours
- MUT X117 or MUT X127 - 3 credit hours
- Select from the following options for 4 credits:
- (MUT X241 and MUT X242 and MUT X246 and MUT X247) - 1 credit each for 4 total credits
- (MUT X221 and MUT X222 and MUT X226 and MUT X227) - 1 credit each for 4 total credits
- (MUT X271 and MUT X272 and MUT X276 and MUT X277) - 1 credit each for 4 total credits
- MUN XXXX - 4 semesters* (4 credit hours)
- MVx X1X1** - 2 semesters* (2-4 credit hours)
- MVx XX2X ** - 2 semesters* (2-4 credit hours)
- Repeat these courses up to 4 semesters in order to gain piano proficiency:***
- (MVK X111 and MVK X112 and MVK X121 and MVK X122)
FOR ALL MAJORS: Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.
* Music program national accreditation requires minimum semesters of exposure in specified coursework.
MVxXX1X and MVxXX2X are defined as courses under one of the specified prefixes that constantly maintain the digit 1 or 2 (depending upon which course) while allowing 0-9 to replace each “X.” The prefix varies depending upon the student’s focus (i.e. Brass, Strings, Woodwinds, etc.) Prefix areas to choose from are MVB, MVH, MVJ, MVK, MVO, MVP, MVS, MVV, and MVW. Two examples of possible courses are MVB1011 or MVP1311. Examples for MVxXX2X are MVW2223 and MVK2222.
*** Or Secondary Piano Proficiency by examination.
The minimum acceptable grade for music, music education, education, and State Communication Requirement and State Computation Requirement courses is “C-.”
Aural theory courses must have an average grade of “B.”
All music education courses must be completed with a C- or better. No “S” grades.
Other Program Information
The FTCE (Florida Teacher Certification Exam), which includes the GKT (General Knowledge Test), the PEd (Professional Education Exam), and the SAE (Subject Area Examination in Music) must be taken before entering the internship and successfully completed for the degree and for Florida teacher certification. A copy of the GKT results must be given by the student to the Music Advisor immediately upon receipt.
The Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE)
The exam includes the General Knowledge Test (GKT), the Professional Education Exam (PEd), and the Subject Area Exam (SAE in Music). The GKT is taken separately. However, the PEd and the SAE can be taken together. Observe deadline notes below!
- If you are interning in the Fall semester, you must submit all passing scores of the required General Knowledge Test to the Music Advisor no later than 5:00 pm on the Friday after the preceding Spring commencement date in order to be guaranteed certification for degree completion.
- If you are interning in the Spring semester, you must submit all passing scores of the required General Knowledge Test to the Music Advisor no later than 5:00 pm on the Friday after the preceding Summer commencement date in order to be guaranteed certification for degree completion.
- Warning: Failure to adhere to the guidelines above will result in your inability to intern during the semester for which you have applied.
- Copies of passing scores of the Professional Education Exam and the Subject Area Exam must be submitted to the Music Advisor. These scores must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm on the Friday following the graduation ceremony during the semester in which you are interning.
JUNIOR RECITAL FOR BS DEGREE IN MUSIC EDUCATION: A public recital will be given during the student’s last year of applied music study. The student should have achieved junior classification as defined by the university and should be enrolled at the 3000 level in applied music. A recital performed at another institution will not satisfy graduation requirements for USF. The recital must be performed on the USF campus and the student must be enrolled in the studio of a USF faculty member during the term of said recital. Exceptions may be made by the Director of the School of Music when deemed appropriate.
A RECITAL APPROVAL FORM MUST BE COMPLETED FOLLOWING ALL RECITALS AND PLACED IN EACH MUSIC STUDENT’S ADVISING FOLDER IN ORDER FOR DEGREE CERTIFICATION PROCEDURES TO BE COMPLETED.
An application to change from pre-Music Education (MPE) to Music Education (MUE) is necessary for the major to be official. This is available through the Music Advisor’s website and should be submitted when MUE 2090 , the General Knowledge Test (GKT), and the Aural Theory courses have been completed.