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Prospective music teachers can receive training online

Thursday, May 10, 2012
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Prospective music teachers can receive training online
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As people become more comfortable taking graduate courses over the Internet, many colleges and universities are offering existing programs in an online format. For future teachers, this means they can work toward earning a master’s degree in a topic like music education without leaving the comfort of their own home.

The University of Florida already offers students the chance to enroll in its on-campus Master of Music in Music Education program. Now, these same individuals have an opportunity to earn the degree over the Internet, according to the school’s Web site.

This two-year program is designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a background in K-12 teaching. Individuals with a bachelor in music with experience in teaching are also able to apply. In order to earn the master’s degree, individuals must complete two courses per semester, as well as a final 16-week capstone course.

As students work toward earning their degree, they will cover a variety of topics central to modern music education, including the role that technology plays in the classroom, as well as assessment and instructional design. Online classes will be taught by the university’s faculty, which is comprised of experienced conductors, presenters and music authors.

According to the university’s Web site, the program’s flexible, Web-based format allows students to begin their studies during the fall, spring or summer semester. Furthermore, just because individuals are not seated in a physical classroom does not mean they cannot collaborate with their peers in the field of music education.

No matter what subject students have an interest in teaching at the elementary school level after completing their studies, they may see a 17 percent increase in job opportunities through 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. Many of the openings in the education sector will come about due to a large number of retirements that are expected over the next few years.

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