Music Education

The Music Education area at the University of Central Arkansas prepares music educators to teach students in PK-12 schools. Throughout both the bachelor’s and master’s of music education programs, music teacher candidates are given opportunities to connect theory to practice by observing and teaching in schools and local communities. The music education faculty includes a specialist in each area of music education (instrumental, choral, general) who teach undergraduate and graduate courses and continue to work as classroom practitioners with area students. In addition, the music education faculty engage in research to further best practices in the field.

The Bachelor’s of Music Education program allows music teacher candidates to complete their degree and the requirements for K-12 licensure in the state of Arkansas.  Music teacher candidates have the opportunity to experience dynamic music learning environments and research-based practice through pre-professional field experiences starting in the sophomore year. Together with the College of Education, our undergraduate program develops outstanding teachers for work in school music programs. We are proud that nearly 100% of our music education graduates go on to teach in school settings or pursue advanced degrees.


Dr. Jennifer Hawkinson – Assistant Professor, Instrumental Music Education

Dr. Christa Kuebel – Assistant Professor, General Music Education

Carrie Martens –  Lecturer, Music Education Technology

Paige Rose – Professor, Music Education


Degrees Offered


Teacher Education Admission and Exit Requirements

Admission to the UCA Teacher Education Program is a prerequisite for all upper-division music education and professional education courses. To meet all degree requirements within eight semesters of study, students must to be admitted to the UCA Teacher Education Program prior to the fifth semester of study. Visit the Office of Candidate Services website and their Admission Requirements page for more information on admission to the UCA Teacher Education Program.

Once admitted, candidates are periodically reviewed for dispositional and academic readiness to advance through the program. At each of these reviews (or “gates”), candidates may be approved to continue, may be subject to remedial steps before continuing, or may be dismissed from the program. Visit the Office of Candidate Services website and their Admission, Retention, and Exit Requirements page for more information.