Music Programs at Montclair State University

Advanced Certificate in Music Education

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Advanced Certificate in Music Education

The John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University is pleased to offer a special advanced certificate program for K-12 music teachers. Courses are specifically designed with today’s music educator in mind, offering a thoughtful blend of theory and practice. Upon program completion, students will receive a certificate and transcript representing 15 credit hours of graduate work. In order to receive the advanced certificate, all 15 credits must be completed in a maximum of 15 months. Twelve credits can transfer into the Master of Arts in Music Education program.

Along with the Music Education (Advanced Certificate), the Music department also offers the following options for graduate study: Certificate in Music Therapy, Master of Arts degrees in Music with a concentration in CompositionMusic with a concentration in Music Education, and Music with a concentration in Music Therapy, a Master of Music degree in Performance, and a combined Bachelor’s / Master of Arts in Teaching in Music.

Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.

Admission Requirements

Before applying, you must have earned a U.S. music teaching certificate or completed an alternate route music education program.

The Office of Graduate Admissions requires the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.

Application Checklist

In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.

  • Application Deadline: Rolling admission.
  • Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.

The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Music Education (Advanced Certificate) program:

  • Transcript: One from each college attended.
  • Teacher Certification: Music (standard or alternate route).
  • Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the US degree equivalency information.

The Advanced Certificate in Music Teaching is a 15-credit fast-track program that offers courses from the MA program that focus specifically on teaching in public school music classrooms. You must complete the program in no more than 15 semesters. For more information, please see the Advanced Certificate in Music Education program listing in the course catalog


If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Telephone: 973-655-5147
Fax: 973-655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact:

*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Find the updated summer chair for this program.*

Program Coordinator: Dr. Marissa Silverman
Chapin Hall
Telephone: 973-655-7779