Music Education P-12 Alternative Class A (Vocal-Choral) (Master of Arts)

Alternative Class A Programs are for students who completed a non-teaching degree or for students who want to change teaching fields. Completion of the Alternative Class A program leads to the Master’s degree and recommendation for Master’s-level Alabama Class A professional educator certification.

Application Deadlines

Deadline dates for applications and receipt of all required application materials are:

Date Event
July 1 Fall Admission
November 1 Spring Admission
April 1 Summer Admission

Any exceptions to these deadlines must be granted by the respective graduate program chair.

Application Materials Required for the Alternative Class A Program MA with a Major in Music Education P-12 (Vocal-Choral)

Applicants for a master’s degree education program must submit all of the following documentation to Graduate Admissions to be considered for admission:

Graduate Admissions
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, Alabama, 36265-1602

  1. Completed JSU Graduate Application for Admission.
  2. Non-refundable $35.00 application processing fee.
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities with degrees posted. (Students who have previously attended JSU do not need to request a transcript from the university.)
    Applicants must hold a 2.00 GPA1 on the most recent undergraduate degree or a 3.00 GPA on the most recent master’s degree. This GPA must be documented on the official transcript of the degree-granting regionally accredited institution and must be the GPA that was used as the basis for granting the degree.
  4. If a degree was earned outside the United States, the student must provide a course-by-course and credit hour-by-credit hour degree evaluation prepared by a state-approved agency:
    • Center for Applied Research, Evaluation and Education, Inc.
    • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
    • International Consultants of Delaware
    • International Education Evaluations, Inc.
    • International Education Research Foundation, Inc.
    • Josef Silny and Associates, Inc.
    • World Education Services
    • Please see the ALSDE website for full details.
  5. International student applicants must see the International Student Applicants section of this catalog for other application and enrollment requirements.
  6. Alternative Class A Transcript Evaluation. Once transcripts have been received, applicants must contact Teacher Education Services at (256) 782-5574 for an individual evaluation concerning undergraduate course deficiencies and teacher education program eligibility requirements prior to registration for coursework.
  7. Applicants must take the graduate music diagnostic exam given by the Music Department. The examination requires students to demonstrate competence in the theory of music, knowledge of the history and literature of music, and an applied music audition.

Admission Requirements for the Alternative Class A Program MA with a Major in Music Education P-12 (Vocal-Choral)

Applicants are admitted on a selective basis upon review of the completed application package.

Applicants who are granted conditional admission must achieve a GPA of at least 3.00 on the first 12 graduate hours attempted. Failure to meet these conditions will result in the student being dropped from graduate studies.

Minimum Requirements for the Alternative Class A Program MA with a Major in Music Education P-12 (Vocal-Choral)

An overall 3.25 GPA is required on all coursework attempted for the master’s degree. Transfer credit cannot be used to raise the GPA to the required 3.25.

At least one-half of the graduate courses taken in the teaching field must be numbered 500, and no more than three hours in the teaching field may be transferred to JSU.

Students not enrolled for a one year period must receive department head approval before continuing coursework in the program and be re-evaluated by Teacher Education Services.

Course Title Credits
Required Music Teaching Field Courses
MU 509Seminar in Choral Music3
MU 511Research Methods in Music and Music Education3
Select one of the following:3
Music Literature: Renaissance and Baroque Eras
Music Literatures: Classic Era
Music Literature: Romantic Era
Music Literature: Contemporary Era
Select one of the following:3
Music Theory: Style Analysis
Music Theory: Style Analysis
Select four hours of the following:4
Advanced Conducting
Individual Applied Music
Individual Applied Music
Graduate Ensemble
Graduate Ensemble
Required Music and Education Courses
ED 501Introduction to Graduate Teacher Education3
ESE 561Foundations of Secondary Education3
ESE 567Literacy Theory and Practice3
MU 545Evaluation in Music3
MU 571Elementary Music Materials and Methods3
MU 579Capstone in Music Education3
MU 583Secondary Vocal Music Materials and Methods3
MU 588Graduate Internship in Music Education, P-12 1 3
SPE 500Survey Course in Special Education 23
or EFD 552 Diversity Issues in Education
Total Hours43

43 Graduate Semester Hours Required for this Degree

Undergraduate Requirements

59 semester hours of undergraduate coursework from the area of music to include:

Course Title Credits
Music Theory18
Music History6
Conducting5
Class Applied music 1 5
Additional Music Courses 2 25
Total Hours59

 43-102 Total Undergraduate and Graduate Semester Hours Required for this Degree

Graduation and Comprehensive Exam

A comprehensive exam is required for this degree; please see the graduate advisor for full details. All students must apply for graduation by the given deadline of the semester in which they plan to graduate. Please see the Graduation and Comprehensive Exam section of this catalog for more information.

Completion of this program and all state required testing leads to eligibility for Master’s-level professional educator certification in Music/Vocal-Choral (P-12).

Please Note: Teacher education programs are approved by the Alabama State Board of Education and are, therefore, subject to periodic revision resulting from changes in State certification requirements. Subsequently, modifications in students’ programs may become necessary. Students in all graduate level teacher education programs must schedule their coursework each semester with approval of their faculty advisors. Successful completion of this program includes meeting all requirements including earning a passsing score on the edTPA porfolio during the internship semester. upon completion of this program and any state-required Praxis Subject Assessments, a student will be eligible to apply for the Master's Level Professional Certificate which provides teacher certification for music/vocal-choral P-12. Teacher Education Programs may be altered to meet changes in Federal and Alabama State Department of Education regulations. 

Alabama Class A Professional Educator Certification Requirements

Issuance of Alabama professional educator certificates is the legal responsibility of the Alabama State Department of Education. Universities cannot issue a professional certificate. To be eligible to apply for certification, a student must complete an appropriate program of study at a college or university which has been approved by the State Board of Education to offer a program leading to the desired certificate. When a student completes the program of study, the institution recommends to the State Department of Education that the appropriate certificate be issued.

  1. Alabama State Department of Education regulations are subject to change; therefore, it is recommended that students apply for certification upon graduation. During their last semester of coursework, students should contact Teacher Education Services, 207 Ramona Wood Hall, for information about this process. The university cannot recommend any student for certification who has not satisfied all state and university requirements for admission to and completion of an approved program. Please see the Alabama Certification Instructions on the Teacher Education Services website.
  2. Recommendation for certification must be made within 60 months of program completion. Recommendation after 60 months requires completion of a current program.