UCF Music Department
UCF Music

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.

For more information about admissions and program requirements and university policies, consult the UCF Undergraduate Catalog. If you have more questions, contact Kirk Gay.

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
  • Teacher Certification Examinations


    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.

    1. 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)
    2. 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.

    3. 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
  • Teaching in Florida

    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



  • UCF CNAfME (National Association for Music Education)

    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 cmenc_at_ucf@yahoo.com

  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Professional Development

    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:

    • 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

    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:

Teaching Licensure

The Music Education B.M.E. program meets the educational eligibility criteria for certification in Music (K-12) in the State of Florida. Graduates of this Florida state-approved teacher preparation program who have passed all three portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE), will qualify for a Professional Florida Educator's Certificate. Graduates of the program who wish to teach in another U.S. state or country, may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you to contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact Dr. Kelly Miller (kelly.miller@ucf.edu) to assist you in your career planning.

Music Department • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
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