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NSYED Content Areas: Music History, Music Composition, Music Theory, Music Therapy, Music Performance, Musical Theatre, Conducting

Courses with departmental subject codes (e.g., MUS) are valid for the content area for professional license provided they are not methods courses. In addition, Stony Brook University has found that the courses listed below have met the NYSED requirements in the past; however, this DOES NOT GUARANTEE that these courses will continue to meet this requirement in the future. When in doubt, please check with NYSED prior to registration for any course to determine its acceptability.

New York State Education Department Contact Information

Office of Teaching Initiatives
NYS Education Department (NYSED)
Albany, NY 12234
Telephone: 518.474.3901


CEA 529 Music and the Brain
CEA 531 Instrumental Conducting and Rehearsal
CEA 542 Stony Brook Wind Ensemble
CEA 567 History of Jazz
CEH 569 Stony Brook Chorale
CEI 531 Cultural Diversity in American Musicals **
CEI 565 Music in Society—CEI 565 is a special topics course, which means that the content varies by term. The course content is noted in the subtitle that appends the course title. Recent descriptions can be found on our CEI 565 webpage. Below is a list of all the topics that have been offered:

Tapes to Turntables: Electronic Music
Opera, Broadway and Folk: Porgy and Bess

Music and Culture in New York City
Music in Film and Visual Media
Music, Art, Culture in Turn of the Century Vienna
Great Violin Concertos of the 19th Century
Fin de Siecle Vienna
Roll Over Beethoven, American Music in the 20th Century
Rhythm and Noise, Popular Music in the Late 20th Century
New York: The Musical Crossroads
Music in New York
Women Making Music
History of Electronic Music
History of Rock and Roll
Music of the 20th and 21st Century
Music, Technology and Society
Native American Music
History of Rock/Roll:The Beatles
Music, Nationalism,Nat'l Identity
Race and Ethnicity in Music
Latin American Musics
Music and Copyright
World Popular Musics
Independent Popular Music
Music and Religion
History of Jazz (formerly a CEI 565 special topics course, the course is now CEA 567. Students who took it as CEI 565 should not enroll in CEA 567)

**Denotes course that is regularly offered online.If you are an online student who needs additional courses for certification, contact the SPD Office of Admissions and Academic Services to discuss your options.

Note: If you have taken a course that is no longer listed above, please submit a NYSED Graduate Course Verification Form (PDF) to the appropriate academic department chairperson to verify that the course meets graduate-level content requirements (include a self-addressed stamped envelope). Once you have received the signed form, submit it to NYSED for final approval. Be sure to keep copies of all documentation and correspondence.

Because NYSED’s Office of Teaching Initiatives is the final authority, Stony Brook University cannot guarantee that NYSED will accept any particular course, even if it has been approved by an academic department. 

The information contained on this page was valid as of 8/14/2014.

Statement of Student Responsibility

Students themselves—whether new, returning, or continuing—are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and adhering to their degree and/or certificate program requirements. Students should keep in mind that degree requirements are separate and distinct from requirements for teacher/administrator certification and resulting initial and/or professional licenses. Each student is responsible for reviewing, understanding and adhering to his/her certification requirements. For further information, visit NYSED at