M.A.T. in Music Education

Interested in becoming a music teacher?

Learn more about the CEHD's Tuition Reduction Initiative that can be applied to the MAT in Integrated Music Education program!

The MAT in Music Education could be your start to an exciting and fulfilling career in teaching!

The CEHD offers programs that share the common theme of "Teaching for Knowledge, Leadership and Change: Enabling Success for all Learners" in keeping with the belief that if teachers are to help their students become masterful learners, teachers must themselves be learners.

Programs in the CEHD integrate embedded field experiences that align both with program studies and professional education career goals. These experiences are to be mentored and assessed.

Graduates may qualify for certification to teach P-12 in Kentucky.


The M.A.T. in Music Education program is accredited by NASM National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), Education Professional Standards Board, Commonwealth of Kentucky (EPSB), and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) (now Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation [CAEP]).

For information on program accreditation click here.

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For details about curriculum information, see MAT in Music Education in the Graduate Catalog.

Candidates to initial teacher certification programs are required to submit credentials supporting their academic ability, creativity and collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills, positive disposition, and commitment to the teaching profession. These credentials include test scores, transcripts, writing samples, and letters of recommendation which support the candidate's ability to succeed in a rigorous teacher education program. Competitive candidates will be invited to a formal, faculty interview.

This program is open to all eligible candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age.

Candidates for admission should review the following which outline the expectations of the teaching profession:

  1. Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Personnel [PDF]
  2. CEHD Acceptable Use of Technology Agreement [PDF]
  3. Character and Fitness Questionnaire [PDF]
  4. Professional Dispositions Rubric [PDF]
  5. Diversity Rubric [PDF]
  6. Effective Written Communication Rubric [PDF]


Questions about the application should be directed to teacher @ louisville.edu. Candidates will be notified via e-mail regarding the admission decision no later than six weeks after the application deadline. Applicants who are selected for admission will receive information about a mandatory orientation session.

Application Deadlines

University of Louisville Music Education students applying for the MAT program should have already applied, and been accepted, to the College of Education and Human Development teacher education program. The teacher education admission deadline occurs February 1st each year and the application is typically submitted in the Spring semester of the sophomore year. For more information about this process, please click on the "how to apply" tab at louisville.edu/education/degrees/bme.

All students must be admitted to teacher education to enroll in MUED course work.

University of Louisville undergraduate students who plan to pursue the MAT program will submit an on-line graduate application during the last semester of their senior year. Please see Admission Criteria below.

Application deadline: March 1st for Fall admission

Admission Criteria for application to the MAT program

Candidates who meet the following criteria may be eligible to apply to the Master of Arts in Teaching program. Candidates considering application to the MAT program should Contact Dr. Michael Alsop (michael.alsop@louisville.edu) prior to applying for admission. Admission is competitive. Candidates who meet minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program.

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  1. Application to Graduate School/MAT Program
  2. Passing Test Scores
    Please note:
    when submitting test scores through ETS, use the general University of Louisville code, 1838.
  3. PRAXIS II exams (official scores or registration ticket)
  4. Bachelor's Degree from Accredited College or University with a Minimum 2.75 Grade Point Average (University of Louisville students are not required to submit a UofL transcript)
  5. Prerequisite Course Requirements
  6. Letters of Recommendation (Letters submitted previously with teacher education application may be used.).
  7. Professional Writing Requirements (Professional Writing Requirements submitted previously with teacher education application may be used.).
  8. Tuberculosis (TB) Skin Test Result Form [PDF] (send completed form directly to trish.schneider @ louisville.edu)

Contact Us

School of Music
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
Office: 502-852-0536

Middle and Secondary Education Department email: midscnd@louisville.edu

Music Education Faculty

Michael Alsop
Office: 502-852-4542

Melissa Lloyd
Office: 502-852-0536

Opportunities for Graduates

Graduates may qualify for certification to teach P-12 in Kentucky.

General Information

For general information on financial aid resources, please visit the University of Louisville's Student Financial Aid office. The College of Education and Human Development has it's own web page dedicated to financial aid that contains some extra information not listed here.

College of Education & Human Development (CEHD) Scholarship

The CEHD has a long history of offering scholarships to prospective and current students pursuing an education degree program. The CEHD provides over $225,000 annually and selects recipients three times per year. Scholarship selection is competitive and applies to tuition only. Apply online for a CEHD Scholarship before the deadline (April 15th, June 1st and/or October 15th). Applicants should expect notification in four to five weeks after the posted deadline.