MTNA Certification Process

The MTNA Professional Certification Program exists to improve the level of professionalism within the field of music teaching. It benefits the members of the profession itself, as well as the public who interacts with the professional. For the music teaching professional, certification provides prestige, recognition and the potential for student recruitment and increased earning power. For the public, certification helps readily identify competent music teachers in their communities.

The 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.

To learn more about the certification process, click on the appropriate link below.

Teacher Profile Projects

Teachers who are not collegiate faculty become certified by completing a series of five Teacher Profile Projects .


View the fees associated with becoming a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music.

Administrative Verification

Part- or full-time college faculty may become certified using the Administrative Verification Process.