MTNA Certification Information

MTNA Professional Certification program is based upon a set of five standards defining what a competent music teacher should know and be able to do.  Upon fulfillment of these standards, applicants are granted the MTNA Professional Certification credential with the designation, Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM).   All music teachers actively engaged in the profession are eligible for MTNA Professional Certification.

The five standards are:

  • Standard I: Professional Preparation
  • Standard II: Professional Teaching Practices
  • Standard III: Professional Business Management
  • Standard IV: Professionalism and Partnerships
  • Standard V: Professional and Personal Renew

Teachers apply for MTNA Certification through one of two ways:

Teacher Profile Projects 

Upon acceptance of the certification application, candidates will work through and complete the fiveTeacher Profile Projects as outlined in detail on the MTNA Certification website.  Click below to go to the Teacher Profile Projects page.  Scroll down to view the Projects Overview for the instruments currently available. 

Administrative Verification

Available to full and part-time college faculty.  To become nationally certified through this method, an institution’s music executive completes a form, verifying he or she has observed a candidate meeting each of the MTNA professional Certification Standards.

If you have additional questions or would like help in getting started in the MTNA Certification process, please contact NSMTA certification chair, Jennifer Cohen, by filling out the form.