Master of Music Education with Licensure

The Master of Music Education + Licensure Program (MME+L) is designed for students who have completed undergraduate or graduate degrees in fields of music other than music education and who wish to complete requirements leading to Illinois licensure in Music Grades P-12.

Master of Music Education with Licensure

The program includes courses in education, music, and music education. Students in the MME+L program are required to complete Early Field Experience and Student Teaching placements as well. Required credits include the 32 credit requirements for the MME degree, plus whatever additional courses are required for licensure. These additional courses are determined by the graduate student licensure audit (see details below).
See the Master of Music Education Program of Study in the Course Catalog.

Entry Requirements for the Master of Music Education + Licensure (MME+L)

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Music (e.g., performance, theory, composition, musicology) from an accredited four-year college or university.
  • An overall grade point average for the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate work of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

Admission to the Master of Music Education + Licensure (MME+L)

  1. Under the “Program-Specific Questions” of the university graduate application, submit a personal statement discussing your reasons for pursuing graduate study in music education and your potential to contribute to a community of equity and inclusion. This statement will also be used to evaluate your writing ability.
  2. Complete a personal interview with the MME+L advisor (Dr. Adam Kruse), to be scheduled after the deadline for MME applications and after all admission materials are received.
  3. Submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your potential for success in graduate music study and your teaching ability or potential. These letters should include recommendations from principals, supervisors, and/or former professors.

Please note that the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for application to any MME program, nor do any MME students complete an audition or take placement exams in music theory or aural skills.

Additional requirements for MME+Licensure applicants:

  • MME+L applicants will undergo an audit in order to determine the course of study and requirements in line with Licensure requirements. You will need transcripts from your previous institution(s) in preparation for requesting for a graduate student licensure audit from The Certification Office of the Council on Teacher Education. Contact Dr. Adam Kruse, MME+L Advisor, for assistance with this request.
  • Following admission to the MME+L program, applicants will be required to complete Mandated Reporter Training, Bloodborne Pathogens Training, a Criminal Background Check, and Teacher Education Safety Training through the university’s Council on Teacher Education.

For questions, contact the MME+L advisor, Dr. Adam Kruse.

Applied Study

Students wishing to enroll in graduate level applied instruction as part of their degree program must audition with the appropriate applied-area professor. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the professor and arrange for an audition. Students must enroll in 400- or 500-level applied study and may only count up to 4 credits toward the MME degree.

Time to Degree Completion of the MME+L

Time to degree completion for MME+L students varies depending largely on the result of their graduate student licensure audit (see below for details). Typical MME+L students complete their coursework in about two academic years (four semesters) and then complete an additional semester of required student teaching. The Graduate College allows MME students a maximum of five years from the date of initial enrollment in graduate school at U of I to complete degree requirements.

Capstone Requirements for the MME+L

All MME+L students complete the MME Capstone Project Synthesis, MUS 569 (2 credits).


Students in the MME+L program are not typically qualified for assistantships from the Music Education area because responsibilities associated with assistantships generally require P-12 teaching experience. For more information about additional financial aid opportunities, please visit the Graduate College page and click on the Funding and Fellowships tab.

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