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Graduate Credit for Professional Development

The Austin Peay State University Department of Music now offers graduate credit to practicing music educators for participation in professional development workshops, seminars, and conferences, including TMEA, NAfME and many others. Graduate credits can be applied towards Continuing Education Units and towards a Masters Degree in Music Education at APSU.

The Professional Development course is just one of many new, exciting courses in APSU's newly revised Master of Music in Music Education Curriculum, offered as a traditional, on-campus program, and as an on-line, low-residency degree.

 Now preparing for the April 2017 TMEA Conference.

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First we will want to know more about the conference you want to attend to determine what you would like to learn at the conference, and how many credits you would like to receive. Generally, credits are based on the number of contact hours at the conference: 15 contact hours equates to 1 graduate credit; 30 hours earns two credits, and 45 or more hours leads to 3 graduate credits. There are two options at APSU regarding how you want your credits documented:

  • OPTION 1 – Free Certificate of Completion from the APSU Department of Music. If you are only seeking documentation that you attended a professional development conference, the APSU Department of Music will provide a certificate of completion at the end of the conference. We will also keep a copy of your work so that your work may be applied to a graduate degree in the future, if you choose.


  • OPTION 2 -  Official, APSU Graduate Credit: If you would like your professional development to appear on an official transcript as graduate credit towards a master’s degree, complete the APSU Application for Graduate Admission (on-line or by mail),and pay the one-time $25.00 application fee. On item 17 of the application form, check “Professional Development Certificate Status.”  You will also need to pay the tuition and fees based on the number of credits you wish to receive.


Then you will need to register for the conference and communicate with us that you are registered. As you prepare for the conference, you will complete a pre-conference self-reflection to share more about yourself as a music educator, your teaching environment, and what you would like to learn at the conference. After the conference, you will submit a post-conference written reflection about the sessions you attended, and an action plan describing how you will implement new knowledge and skills into your teaching. You will then receive a certificate from the APSU Department of Music verifying your attendance at the conference and successful completion of the appropriate number of graduate credits.

Additional details are avaialable on the Professional Development Course Syllabus.

For More Information 

To enroll or to receive more information about professional development credit, contact Dr. Eric Branscome, Coordinator of Music Education, at or (931)-221-7811.

Or for more information about APSU's Graduate Music Program, contact Dr. Korre Foster, Department of Music Graduate Coordinator at or (931)-221-7002.