BA/BSE – MSU partnership

Secondary Education: Music

Become a competent and caring educator. This program is a great option for students who want to be trained as high school music teachers and as disciples of Jesus.

Take advantage of a partnership degree that sets you apart. Begin at Briercrest, where you’ll gain a spiritual and academic foundation, before transferring to Minot State to specialize in your field. 

Graduate with two bachelor’s degrees—a BA in Music from Briercrest and a BS in Secondary Education from MSU.

Prepare to invest

Beginning at Briercrest means opportunities for you to invest in the lives of young people now. Serve in local youth groups and Sunday schools, or use our close connections with Briercrest Christian Academy to work as a tutor.

Join our community

Begin your degree in a community dedicated to seeking Jesus together. Explore the person and teachings of Jesus in classes and chapel as you learn to follow His call for your life.

Get 2 degrees in 5 years

Benefit from Briercrest's partnership with Minot State University, which gives students a direct pathway to two Bachelor's degrees. Graduate with both a BA Music and a BS Education with a Major in Music.

Rhayna Martens ('18)

The Minot portion of the partnership gives you a lot of opportunities for hands-on experience which is something that not every school offers. You’re already teaching lessons under the supervision of a teacher before you even start your internship.

  • Overview
  • Requirements

In partnership with
Minot State University

The Bachelor of Arts Music/Bachelor of Science in Education with a Major in Music is a 160-170 credit hour degree program in which students spend 3 years (98-106 credit hours) studying at Briercrest and 2 years (62-74 credit hours) at Minot State University. Toward the completion of the student’s third year of full-time study at Briercrest, the student must apply for admission to the Department of Teacher Education and Human Performance at Minot State University. While the transition from Briercrest College to the Bachelor of Science in Education program is intended to be seamless, entry into the Department of Teacher Education and Human Performance is dependent upon a minimum GPA of 2.75 at Briercrest College and the successful completion of several additional criteria.

* Total credit hours for the program may increase depending on course selection

Credit Hours: 170

Section A: Core Courses (27 credit hours)
BLST 111 Introduction to the Old Testament (3)
BLST 109 Introduction to the New Testament (3)
BLST 200+ or CM 101 Foundations of Church Ministry or THEO 200+ (3)
BLST 300+ elective (3)
HIS 237 History of Christianity I (3)
HIS 238 History of Christianity II (3)
IDST 200 Int. Studies: Modernity and Postmodernity (3) or IDST 300 Christianity and the Natural Sciences (3)
THEO 112 Introduction to Spiritual Theology (3)
THEO 115 Introduction to Christian Theology (3)

Section B: English Composition and Communications Requirements (9 credit hours)
ENG 100 Literature and Composition I (3)
ENG 101 Literature and Composition II (3)
COMM 104 Public Speaking (3)

Section C: Humanities and Social Science Requirements (18 credit hours)
HIS 100 Issues in World History I, HIS 101 Issues in World History II, HIS 210 American History to 1865, or HIS 211 American History Since 1865 (3)
KIN 262 Physical Activity and Wellness (3)
NTST 110 Introduction to Native Studies or HIS/NTST 430 Native-Newcomer Relations in Canada (3)
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy II (3)
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology I (3)
Social Sciences Elective: (3)
   ECON 100 Microeconomics
   GEOG 100 Physical Geography of Canada I: Earth Science
   SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology I

Section D: Mathematics Requirement (3 credit hours)
MATH 101 Introduction to Finite Mathematics (3)

Section E: Professional Education Requirements (41-49** credit hours)
EDUC 322 Exceptional Children (3)
EDUC 471 Educational Psychology (3)
MUS 099 (x6) Recitals, Concerts, Seminars (non-credit)
MUS 115 Musicianship I (3)
MUS 116 Musicianship II (3)
MUS 206 Musicianship III (3)
MUS 216 History of Western Music I (3)
MUS 217 History of Western Music II (3)
MUS 301 Contemporary Musicianship (3)
MUS 316 History of Western Music III (3)
MUS 323 Conducting I (3)
Private Lessons (x4) ** May take up to 8 c.h. of private lessons
Major Ensembles (x4) ** May take up to 8 c.h. of ensembles
PSY 381 Psychology of Human Development: Children (3)

PRT 400 Senior Portfolio (non-credit)
SL 1-2 Service and Experiential Learning (non-credit)
SLE 1 Service and Experiential Learning (non-credit)

MSU (62-72 credit hours depending on emphasis chosen): Application to the Teacher Education Program will take place in the student’s final year at BCS.


Ron de Jager
Ron de Jager DMA
Professor of Music and Voice
Christopher Kayler
Christopher Kayler DMA
Assistant Professor of Music
Lori Peters
Lori Peters MSc
Instructor in Kinesiology
Ellery Pullman
Ellery Pullman PhD
Professor of Psychology and Educational Leadership
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Possible Careers
  • Choir/orchestra director
  • Elementary school teacher
  • High school teacher
  • Private instrument teacher
  • School counsellor
  • Film scoring

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Potential Graduate Programs
  • Master of Music Performance
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Master of Music
  • MSc Speech-Language Pathology
  • Master of Educational Psychology
  • Master of Education

Briercrest Seminary

The professors really promote in-class discussion and I thrive off of that. The level of the engagement the professors show in their material encourages me to also have a deep level of engagement.
From the National Survey of Student Engagement 2015