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Character Description

The Specialist in Education with a major in music education prepares students for leadership positions in public or private schools. This degree is a self-contained program, intermediate between the master’s degree and the doctorate both in time and depth.

Degree Description

The Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) with a major in Music Education is a joint program of the College of Education and the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. The degree program prepares students for leadership positions in public or private schools. This degree is a self-contained program, intermediate between the master’s degree and the doctorate both in time and depth.

The Specialist in Education (EdS) degree is a self-contained degree program intermediate between the master’s degree and the doctor’s degree both in time and depth. It provides advanced study for those preparing for positions which call for a higher level of competence and specialization than that of the master’s degree but without the heavy emphasis on research of the doctor’s degree. The degree provides advanced study for those preparing for positions that call for a higher level of competence and specialization than that of the master’s degree, but without the heavy emphasis on research required in the doctorate. Those completing this degree are qualified for T-6 (specialist level) teacher certification.

Those holding the degree increase their opportunities for obtaining such positions as curriculum specialist or supervisor. Specifically, the degree does not require the dissertation, though the remaining coursework is generally the same as the Doctor of Education degree. The program of study includes the areas of music (music education, music history, and music theory); professional education (educational foundations, psychology, curriculum and supervision); and research. Completion of the degree leads to Georgia Teacher Certification in music at the T-6 level.

To merit a degree of Educational Specialist in Music Education, students acquire the in-depth knowledge of the historical, philosophical, sociological, psychological, and pedagogical foundations of general education and music education, as well as the ability to interpret, evaluate, and conduct research in general education and music education. Specifically, students gain:

  • a knowledge of and the ability to apply advanced and specialized teaching methodologies appropriate for elementary and secondary music education programs at the “master teacher” level;
  • a knowledge of and the ability to apply the process of curriculum design for elementary and secondary school music education programs;
  • an ability to plan and conduct effective in-service workshops for teachers in both content and methodology;
  • an ability to evaluate schools and music education programs for the purpose of accreditation;
  • a knowledge of organizational techniques required to administer an extended elementary/secondary music program in a public-school system;
  • a knowledge of the historical periods of Western European music and music of the contemporary period in terms of genres, forms, styles, composers, and performance practice; and
  • a knowledge of common practices and contemporary theoretical concepts and structures and the ability to apply these in the processes of harmonic and formal analyses and composition.

Degree Awarded: EdS

Degree Code: EDS_MUED

 

School/College: College of Education

Aderhold Hall
Athens, GA 30602-7101

706-542-6446

Academic Department: School of Music

250 River Road
Athens, GA 30602-7287

Graduate Coordinator: Adrian Childs

706-621-6137

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