Post-Baccalaureate Program

This non-degree music education program prepares you to become initially certified to teach music in New York state public schools, Pre-K through grade 12.

Program is Ideal For

Someone with a bachelor's and master's degree in music who wants initial New York state certification to teach.

What to Expect

  • Complete the program in four semesters
  • 100 hours of field work and 14 weeks of student teaching
  • Complete coursework to become eligible for New York State initial certification in music Pre-K-12


Choral Focus
Instrumental Focus (Band and Strings)

Application Process


  1. Education: You must have completed a bachelor’s degree in music from an accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and a B average in your major field to be considered for entry into this post-baccalaureate music certification program. 
  2. Meeting: Schedule an informational meeting with the program director, Dr. Keith Koster,, or 585-389-5164, for general advisement and information regarding the program.
  3. Online form: After completing the informational meeting, submit the online application.
  4. Transcripts: Request official transcripts from all colleges attended be mailed or sent electronically to the Office of Graduate Admissions ( If you graduated from Nazareth, we will obtain your Nazareth transcript for you.
  5. Letters of Recommendation: Request two letters of recommendation be mailed or sent electronically to the Office of Graduate Admissions ( The letters of recommendation, which must specifically address your potential as a beginning teacher, and must be from people who are not friends or relatives and who have direct knowledge of your ability to work in an educational setting. 
  6. Audition and review: Contact Dr. Keith Koster, program director,, or 585-389-5164, for specific advisement and details regarding your audition and transcript review to develop your program of study.

 Application Deadline

  • Fall term: Rolling through Aug. 1

Tuition and Fees

You pay undergraduate part-time tuition rates for courses. Program costs »

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