Music Education, B.M.E.
The mission of the Bachelor of Music Education program is to help future teachers become great music teachers because every child deserves a great music teacher. Be prepared to enter one of the most rewarding and important professions in the world. The B.M.E. program meets the State of Florida teaching licensure requirements for K-12 Music certification. In addition to General Education Program courses, the B.M.E. program includes courses in music, general education, music education; two internship experiences; and field experiences.
B.M.E. Program Requirements
- See Music Education in the Undergraduate Catalog. Students are expected to be familiar with all program requirements.
- Music Education Handbook – Students are expected to be familiar with all program requirements included in the handbook.
- B.M.E. program course changes
- Teacher Certification Examinations
General Knowledge Test (GKT)
This exam is normally taken after the completion of ENC 1102 and MGF 1106 but no later than the fourth semester of study at UCF as the scores are required for admission into the Music Education Professional Program (See Music Education Professional Program).
GKT subtests include:
- English Language Skills (available as a computer based test)
- Essay (not available as a computer based test)
- Mathematics (available as a computer based test)
- Reading (available as a computer based test)
Professional Education Test
This exam should be taken near the completion of all education courses, including TSL 4080. A passing score on this test is required for graduation.
Subject Area Test
This course should be taken near the completion of all music and music education courses. It is normally taken concurrently with ESE 3940 (Internship I) but before ESE 4943 (Internship II). A passing score on this test is required for graduation.
- Teaching in Florida
Passing scores for the three FTCE (Florida Teacher Certification Examinations) are required for admission to the Music Education Professional Program and for graduation. For registration information and study guides, go here
Reporting Test Scores
Make sure you indicate for your scores to be sent to UCF as well as to you.
To be able to teach in Florida public schools, you must apply for certification upon graduation. Please go to: http://www.fldoe.org/edcert/level2.asp for more information.
Classroom Observations and Professional Development
- Professional Program Application
- Classroom Observation Form
- Music Education Field Experience Log
- Teaching Reflection Form
- Professional Development Participation Form
- UCF CNAfME (National Association for Music Education)
- Professional Development Opportunities
- Workshops for teachers
- Clinics for secondary ensembles
- Attending and assisting with All-county or All-State auditions, rehearsals and performances
- FMEA fall and January conference sessions
NAfME: National Association for Music Education
All music education majors are highly encouraged to maintain active membership in the UCF chapter of CMENC while matriculated at UCF. When joining, you automatically become a member of UCF CNAfME, FMEA (Florida Music Educators' Association) and NAfME, the National Association for Music Education. As such, you will receive monthly journals and receive member benefits, such as eligibility to attend UCF program meetings as well as the FCMENC Fall Conference and January Clinic-Conference. UCF CNAfME program meetings typically include sessions by esteemed music educators from around Florida as well as by UCF faculty. Part of the membership dues goes to cover member registration for the FMEA January Clinic-Conference. It is highly recommended that members attend the fall and January Conferences. A membership drive is held each fall. For more information, contact the UCF CNAfME Officers at firstname.lastname@example.org
While the coursework included in any BME program is designed to be rigorous and comprehensive, it cannot adequately prepare a music education major with all the knowledge and skill that is required of a highly effective music educator. Practicing music educators regularly engage in professional development experiences, such as short-term workshops, in-service days, weeklong workshops, and master’s degree programs. In addition, they regularly engage in informal professional development experiences through conversations with and observations of other music teachers and conductors. As a future music educator, you are expected to seek out and attend events designed for future teachers and practicing music teachers, such as:
Professional Development Opportunities
Websites that will be helpful to you in finding out information about workshops, all-county and all-state events, MPA, Solo and Ensemble events throughout Florida:
Academic Advisor: Kirk Gay
See Kirk Gay for information about course selection and SASS audit questions.
- Internship process
- Internship Overview
- Internship Admission Criteria
- Music Education Internship Application Instructions
- Music Education Internship Application
- Placement Sheet
- Fingerprinting Information
- Name badges via Sign Man
School System Security Packages
- Brevard Co. Security Form
- Orange Co. Security Form
- Osceola Co. Security Form
- Seminole Co. Securitiy Form