5-year BA/MA programs

<p>I've known for a while that I want to get teacher certification in both music and French, so I can teach in a high school. I'm currently attending community college, and I've been looking at places to transfer to after this year.</p>

<p>I noticed Stony Brook University has a 5-year BA/MAT French Education program, but no Music Ed program. They do however have a rigorous BA Music program. So what I'm assuming what I'll have to do is finish the 5 year program, get a teaching job, and then be a part-time student to finish out the education requirements at another university. I'm thinking some of the education credits from French should apply toward Music, correct? (I know it depends on the university).</p>

<p>So basically, what are the pros/cons of a 5-year BA/MAT program? And what are the pros/cons of my overall idea?</p>

<p>Where do you want to teach? Some states have reciprocity agreements--some don't. You could get certified to teach in the wrong state.</p>

<p>Again, this will depend on the state, but after receiving certification in French, "adding on" music may be as simple as taking a test.</p>

<p>What I would be concerned about is how much you're going to have to pay for a 5-year BA/MAT, and looking for ways to get it covered. One of my high-school teachers has to live with his parents because he has so much in loans and makes so little.</p>

<p>Also, are schools going to hire someone to teach French and music? That's something to discuss with someone in the know.</p>

<p>I want to teach in NY, my state. I'm not leaving NY for college. </p>

<p>Stony Brook is approximately $10,500 per year. I'd (hopefully) get some scholarships and aid and all that good stuff, so honestly, 5 years won't be terrible.</p>

<p>And I don't think I would teach both at the same time. That'd be pretty cool, but I'd probably only do one at a time.</p>

<p>I don't think aigiqinf meant that schools wouldn't allow you to teach both at the same time. I think he (she?) was alluding to the fact that some teaching subjects are in greater demand than others. Subjects required for graduation or for which standardized tests are offered (math, science, and maybe English) are in greater demand than softer subjects. This may be especially true in this economy. With city budgets being cut, the arts are often the first to go.</p>

<p>In the public schools I'm familiar with, teachers are hired to teach in particular fields--math, science, a foreign language, music. In smaller private schools, however, a teacher with expertise in more than one subject can be very desirable. In the little Catholic girls' hs I attended lo these many years ago, I had the same lay teacher for French, English, and American history; she also taught Spanish and German! One of the nuns taught math and art.</p>

<p>Have you thought about a CUNY? I've always associated Queens with education.</p>