Music Education

Welcome to the Music Education undergraduate program! This program, offered by the Watson College of Education in partnership with the Music Department in UNCW’s College of Arts and Sciences, will prepare you to teach music in K‑12 schools.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree study instrumental, vocal and general music pedagogy for grades kindergarten through 12, while gaining background in music theory, history, conducting and performance. Applied learning experiences provide students with the necessary skills to prepare for a teaching career and qualify for the North Carolina Class A teaching license.

Distinctive Features of the Music Education Program

  • Small class sizes with personal attention
  • Supportive learning environment
  • Award-winning student ensembles
  • Extensive performance opportunities
  • Internationally recognized faculty artists
  • Excellent intellectual and musical training
  • Individualized advising from application through graduation
  • Extensive field and classroom experiences
  • A full-time internship during the final semester

As an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, UNCW’s Department of Music is committed to the highest standards of excellence in teaching and training students who will become the artists and teachers of the future.

For more information, see Music Degree Programs and the Music Education Handbook, which includes a curriculum checklist for each year of the program.

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Admissions: Steps to Becoming a Teacher

Admission to UNCW and the Watson College of Education is a two-step process. The first step is admission to the university. The second step is admission to the Watson College of Education (WCE). Students typically apply to WCE during their sophomore or junior year at UNCW. Transfer students typically apply during their first or second semester at UNCW.


  • High School Seniors and Transfer Students
  • Freshman or Sophomore Year
  • Sophomore Year
  • Junior Year
  • Senior or Final Year