The master of music education in music with national board cohort (M.M.E.-MNBC) is designed specifically for in-service (practicing) music teachers who hold initial (Class B) certification in K-12 music in Alabama. The cohort design requires 15 months of continuous enrollment from start to finish, comprising two summers of full-time study plus part-time studies (fall and spring semesters) during the in-between academic year. The degree concludes with an oral comprehensive exam in the Division of Music. Class A teacher certification is granted by the State of Alabama’s Department of Education and will be issued by ALSDE upon meeting the Alabama Quality Teaching Standards (AQTS). Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for admission to the program.