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F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music Music Education Student Resources

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Old Dominion University Concert Choir, Dr. Nancy K. Klein, Director, at the Old Dominion University Music and Dance Showcase.

Use the following Music Education Student Resources!


ODU Office of Clinical Experiences

Background Check Application

Observation/Practicum Information

Teacher Candidate Internship (Student Teaching) Documents


Required Testing

Students are highly encouraged to contact Dr. Owens or Dr. Raschdorf before registering for any exams, as exemptions may apply.

General Information

Praxis Core Math Test Information--only needed if the SAT or ACT Math assessment was not taken previously:

VCLA Test Information (Tests VC091 AND VC092 are required)

Praxis Music Content Knowledge Test Information (test #5113, passing score is 160 or above)


Music Education Career

Apply for Admission to ODU Teacher Education

Have you passed MUSC 300, Foundations of Music Education? Have you passed the VCLA? Do you have 50 credits or more? If so, apply for admission to ODU Teacher Education today! If you need to take MUSC 402, MUSC 404, or MUSC 408 in an upcoming semester and have NOT completed the Teacher Education application/admission process, apply for admission to ODU Teacher Education. Questions? Contact Dr. Owens or Dr. Raschdorf for additional information.


Important Handbooks!

All students in Music Education must read the Undergraduate Music Student Handbook and the ODU Teacher Education Handbook. The handbooks contain all pertinent information regarding the ODU Music and Teacher Education programs. You MUST READ both handbooks for your success in Music Education while at ODU. Read both handbooks today!


Required Background Checks

Music Education students registering for MUSC 300, MUSC 402, MUSC 404 or MUSC 408 must obtain a background check/clearance prior to starting the field experience. This process may take up to eight weeks, so plan ahead. This is a one-time procedure once it is successfully completed. Follow the instructions for completing this process at ODU Clearance Background Check Procedures.


The Fall 2023 Teacher Candidate Internship Application Deadline is 2/1/23

Do you plan to student teach in the fall semester of 2023? The application deadline for the completed Teacher Candidate Internship (student teaching) application is February 1, 2023. Additional late appplication deadlines are 3/1/23 and 4/1/23.

The application process is completely online. The application will be submitted directly to the Office of Clinical Experiences. There is no need to meet with Dr. Owens or Dr. Raschdorf. However, it is a good idea to have either of us review your DegreeWorks in advance to make sure all information is up to date.

The online application and complete details are available at the Office of Clinical Experiences Teacher Candidate Internship information page. DO NOT MISS THIS DEADLINE, as doing so may add an additional semester to your time at ODU.

If you are nearing the end of your degree program but are not sure of your status, contact Dr. Owens or Dr. Raschdorf.


Required First Aid, CPR and Defibrillator training

All applicants for the Teacher Candidate Internship shall provide evidence of completion of certification or training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscutation and the use of automated external defibrillators. See Required First Aid, CPR, and Defibrillator Training for details on the training process.


ODU Collegiate NAfME

Join the ODU Chapter of Collegiate NAfME today! The National Association for Music Education is the professional association and resource for your career as a music educator. ODU Collegiate NAfME Chapter 372 will provide experiences and assist you to make the important professional connections for your future.

The 2021-22 ODU Collegiate NAfME Leadership Team members are Karen Laws, Delaney Conter, Hailey Hargis, and Asia Daniels.

Check the ODU Collegiate NAfME Facebook page and your email for ODU Collegiate NAfME updates and announcements. For more information, contact Dr. Raschdorf, ODU Collegiate NAfME Advisor.