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Explore the adaptive music certificate at UW-Eau Claire

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's adaptive music certificate is an add-on certificate program for music education majors looking to become more informed and inclusive in their teaching. The certificate encompasses the requirements for the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) certification in adaptive education, certifying music education majors to teach music to all students in Pre-K through grade 12.

Throughout the program, you'll learn how to create and lead developmentally appropriate content based on the needs of your students. Curriculum will explore topics like adapting environments for students with special needs (exceptionalities), effective classroom management techniques and how to use adaptive instruments. Upon graduation, you'll leave with a better understanding of disabilities, diverse learners and inclusive practices, preparing you to better meet the needs of a diverse Pre-K through grade 12 population. 

Why adaptive music at UW-Eau Claire?

In-demand skills. Students who are certified to teach adaptive music are in high demand, immediately making them more marketable and sought-after teachers. Graduates have found that the certificate has especially given them a leg up when applying for out-of-state jobs, positions that include an adaptive music classroom or positions that would allow them to create an adaptive music class. 

Real-world experience. Part of the curriculum for the adaptive music certificate includes field experiences, such as classroom observation, teacher assistance and student teaching. This real-world experience can help you further build your leadership skills, make connections, discover teaching techniques and round out your resume.

Quick facts

Licensure information

Completion of teacher preparation programs at UW-Eau Claire meets licensure requirements in Wisconsin. Our programs may not meet requirements in other states. It is very important that individuals seeking licensure in another state obtain the most recent certification/licensure information directly from the state in which they seek employment. Find contact information on each state licensure office here.

Licensure requirements can change at any time. UW-Eau Claire’s Teacher Education Program Office ensures that our programs meet the requirements for licensure in Wisconsin. If you seek licensure in another state, be aware that their requirements could change at any time.

The United States Department of Education requires institutions to disclose information for programs leading to professional certification or licensure concerning whether each program meets state educational requirements for initial licensure or certification. Please note:

  1. Obtaining a Wisconsin Teaching License PRIOR to applying for a teaching license in another state is usually helpful and strongly recommended.
  2. "Meets requirements" means that a student is eligible for a license with stipulations, typically for 1-3 years, in that state. The stipulations are likely to be specific testing requirements and/or competency through a course or examination. In some instances, additional stipulations might be added.
  3. Licensure grade levels vary from state to state. Students who are eligible for a specific grade range in Wisconsin may be licensed for a narrower grade range in another state. Each state determines grade ranges for licensing differently.
  4. State licensure requirements may change at any time. Licensure questions should be referred to the Teacher Education Program Office (

The requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Texas

The requirements of this program do not meet licensure in the following states: Not Applicable

It has not been determined whether the requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming, District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

Adaptive music certificate curriculum

Coursework focused on adaptive music, applied behavior analysis, special education and inclusive practices will give you a solid understanding of how specialized needs impact learning across disciplines, behaviors and social contexts. After completing the adaptive music certificate — through a combination of coursework and field experience — you will be able to apply the connections of musical expression to human experience in a creative classroom that is inclusive of students' social, behavioral and artistic needs.

What classes do adaptive music students take?

Your classes may cover topics like:   

Learn more about the adaptive music certificate in the UWEC catalog.

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Department information

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Special Education and Inclusive Practices

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Eau Claire, WI 54701
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