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Music Education (K-12)

Develop technically and artistically as a musician, all while you fulfill your potential as a teacher. With numerous performing and vocal ensembles, small class sizes, and dedicated faculty who are excited to work with students, you’ll acquire the skills needed to deliver optimum learning experiences in changing classroom environments.

  • Small class sizes
  • Numerous performing ensembles
  • Opportunities to meet and work with educators and students in the community
  • Up-to-date on legislation and regulations affecting the teaching profession
  • Significant opportunities for International Study, hands-on field experience, and co-curricular activities

Join one of UJ’s vocal and instrumental ensembles, including the Chapel Choir, Concert Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, and The Big Orange Pep Band.


Cultivate the knowledge, skills, attitudes and understanding you need to be an effective teacher in today’s schools by enrolling in the Teacher Education Program at University of Jamestown.

The program is approved by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB).

Admission to Teacher Education

Candidates must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program in order to enroll in most education courses. Typically, candidates apply for admission to the program while enrolled in EDUC 201: Introduction to Teaching.

To apply, candidates must complete the application form and submit it to the Teacher Education Department by November 1 for spring admission or April 1 for fall admission. Applications are not reviewed during the summer.



Title (credits)
Mus Applied Lessons (8)
Mus Ensemble Music (8)
Educ 100 Praxis Preparation (0)
Mus 100 Music Performance Seminar (0)
Math 102 Intermediate Algebra (3)
Or higher level*
Mus 160 Harmony-Theory I (3)
Mus 161 Harmony-Theory II (3)
Mus 162 Ear Training I (2)
Mus 163 Ear Training II (2)
Educ 201 Introduction to Teaching (3)
Psyc 203 Developmental Psychology (3)*
Mus 239 Music History I (3)
Educ 253 Applied Cognitive Theories (3)
Mus 262 Ear Training III (2)
Mus 266 Introduction to Conducting (2)
Mus 271 Brass Techniques (2)
Mus 272 Woodwind Techniques (2)
Mus 273 String Techniques (2)
Mus 274 Percussion Techniques (2)


Title (credits)
Mus 291 Music Methods in the Elementary School (3)
Mus 292 Music Methods: Secondary Choral (2)
Mus 293 Music Methods: Secondary Instrumental (2)
Educ 303 Introduction to Teaching Students with Exceptionalities (3)
Educ 306 Multicultural Education (3)
Mus 319 Instructional Media & Technology for Music (3)
Mus 339 Music History II (3)
Mus 340 Music History III (3)
Mus 360 Harmony-Theory III (3)
Mus 361 Harmony-Theory IV (3)
Mus 363 Choral Arranging (2)
Mus 367 Advanced Conducting Choral (1)
Mus 368 Advanced Conducting Instrumental (1)
Mus 380 Graded Recital (0-1)
Educ 398 TED Seminar I (1)
Educ 399 TED Seminar II (1)
Educ 498 Student Teaching Seminar (1)
Educ 499 Student Teaching (12)

Total Semester Credits Required: 100-101
*this class also fulfills a general education requirement

Satisfactory Progression in Teacher Education

In addition to successfully completing each of the required courses, candidates must meet certain programmatic requirements—including satisfactory performances on Praxis exams, key assessments, dispositional attributes, and field experiences.

Praxis Exams

The state of North Dakota requires passing scores on a series of three ETS Praxis exams. The first exam (Core Academic Skills for Educators) has three components—reading, writing, and mathematics. Candidates will complete this exam prior to admission into Teacher Education.

Candidates will also take Praxis II content exams in their subject area (e.g. Math, P.E., English) and Praxis II pedagogy exams (PLT) in their licensure level (e.g. elementary, secondary). For information about specific exam codes, required scores for passing, and registration information, visit the ETS website.

Candidates are required to complete the Praxis II content exam prior to student teaching. The Praxis II: PLT exam must be taken prior to the completion of student teaching. While candidates are required to complete both the Praxis II Content and PLT exams to complete the program, passing scores are not required for graduation. Passing scores are, however, required to attain licensure in North Dakota.

Field Experiences

Pursuant to Century Code 67.1-02-02-02.1, all teacher education candidates must have classroom-related experiences prior to student teaching. At UJ, these experiences occur early and throughout the Teacher Education program. Candidates must complete at least 110 hours of field experience prior to student teaching. Expectations of candidates in field experiences increase incrementally with each semester in the program. Additionally, field experiences occur in a variety of settings to allow candidates the opportunity to interact with a variety of P-12 students and experience diversity across school environments.

Student Teaching

The final stage of the Teacher Education program is a semester-long student teaching experience in an accredited classroom of the candidate’s licensure area. Application for student teaching must be made one semester before the student teaching semester

Richard Walentine
    Jeff Stotts
    Jeffrey Stotts, Ed.D.
    Department Chair
    Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
    701-252-3467 ext. 5995
    Committed to helping you succeed — both in and out of the classroom.

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