Certificate in Special Music Education - Adaptive Music

The certificate in special music education — adaptive music provides extended expertise for students who wish to provide inclusion-focused music services in public and private education settings and/or for teachers wishing to provide applied music instruction or pedagogy to persons with special learning needs. The certificate also may provide interdisciplinary expertise for professionals in allied fields who wish to incorporate music in their practices.


Students seeking the certificate must be admitted to the Graduate School or in nondegree Category A status.

Program Requirements

The certificate comprises five courses (three core courses with two electives). The certificate constitutes a minimum of 13 credit hours with the following course requirements:

Course Title Hours
Introductory Course
MUSE 611Music for Special Education2
Core Courses
MUSE 822Advanced Techniques in Special Music Education3
MUSE 855Psychology of Music3
Electives 1
Select 5–6 credit hours from the following as advised5-6
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Music Methods for Early Childhood Education
Literacy Strategies for Content Areas: Music
Leadership and Administration in Music Education
Special Music Education Practicum
Directed Readings
Developing Music Learning
Total Credit Hours13

Other graduate electives (2–3 credit hours) as approved to foster interdisciplinary expertise in a specific area (such as autism, mental health awareness, etc.).

Note: Students with transcripted MUSE 611 or MUSE 617 for undergraduate credit may substitute graduate interdisciplinary electives (in consultation with program advisor) for their prior work to fulfill the 13 credit hour certificate requirement.

In addition to these requirements, students must meet the Graduate School’s requirements in order to earn this certificate.