Teacher Certification Program

“Before ACAT, I had 21 years of formal schooling, from kindergarten through a masters in tax law, and a lifetime of other learning experiences, including lessons in all sorts of disciplines and skills.  Most teachers did not really teach me, but merely provided me with information and left it to me to use it successfully or not. At ACAT I found a whole new approach: one in which failure, being ‘wrong’ is embraced as ways to grow and learn. I had never before experienced such a supportive and productive learning environment.”

Karen Krueger, ACAT ‘10

*See below for information on daytime, evening and Saturday Training Course schedules starting in September 2016

ACAT’s Teacher Certification Program is at once a remarkable journey of self discovery and a systematic training in the principles of the Alexander Technique.


ACAT Graduates share their experiences of the Teacher Certification Program
Download the admissions materials

Learn about ACAT’s Health and Wellbeing Intensive: for students who want more in-depth study but may not be ready to train.

Spring 2016 Schedule:

Early Track: Classes meet Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 8 am to 10:30 am and Tuesdays/Thursdays 8:00 am to 11:45 am

Later Track: Classes meet Monday – Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Four day track: Students attend class from 8:00 am to 11:45 four days per week.

Fall 2016 Schedule*:

Daytime classes meet Monday – Thursdays, 8 am to 11:45 am

Evening/Weekend classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 5:30 pm to 9:15 pm; and Saturdays 10:00 am to 1:45 pm

Tuition includes one private 30-minute lesson per week during each 10-week term. Lessons are scheduled at mutually convenient times for students and faculty, and can take place at the ACAT studio or at the teacher’s studio.

For course details, including schedule and tuition, download our admissions materials

*Students may attend a combination of daytime and evening classes. Students may have the option to adjust their schedule during the term for illness and work conflicts, where class size permits. Classes maintain a 5:1 student to teacher ratios.

In the training process, students attain a high level of self-awareness and develop the subtle, sophisticated hands-on skills that are a hallmark of the technique. The curriculum is based on F. M. Alexander’s concept of the use of the self. Learning an efficient way of working and of using oneself is essential for communicating the technique to others.

Teaching skills are built gradually over three years. The emphasis is on learning by experience and the majority of classroom hours consist of practical hands-on work. A conceptual framework is provided through lectures, demonstrations, readings and discussions. Included are the writings of Alexander, related literature, Anatomy and Kinesiology. Additionally, an independent study program allows students to explore areas of particular interest.

Individual instruction is an important component of the training both within class time and as private lessons. The student/teacher ratio within a class is 5 to 1. During the third year students begin supervised teaching of volunteers from outside the program. The study of marketing, communications and professional ethics prepares students to develop a teaching practice.

ACAT’s teacher certification program is a three year, 1600-hour course AmSAT approved training course.

 

“I learned a lot of facts as an undergraduate at Princeton University, but I learned how to ‘think’ at ACAT. My ACAT teachers challenged me to confront and evaluate all my beliefs and supported me through the difficult, enriching experience of true change. They also prepared me thoroughly to teach the Alexander Technique to others and to develop a flourishing practice.  Now, only two years after certification, I am supporting myself fully as an Alexander teacher.”

— Michael Hanko, ACAT ’03

 

The Faculty
ACAT is unique in having such a diverse faculty. Teachers offer a variety of approaches to the technique as well as bring backgrounds of experience in other professions, such as psychotherapy, physical therapy and the performing arts. Teachers work closely together to exchange ideas and to develop and refine the training program. ACAT faculty create a multifaceted, supportive and responsive environment that encourages students to develop an individual appreciation of the technique and to explore their own personal teaching style.

To Apply
The prerequisites are:
• A minimum of 28 Alexander lessons, two of which must be with members of the admissions committee
• 21 years of age
• A Bachelors degree or the equivalent of at least three years of full-time undergraduate study. ACAT reserves the right to waive this requirement on a case-by-case basis for individuals with a professional background in the performing arts (music, theater or dance), fitness (holds the necessary credentials in the state or country they currently practice), or massage (holds the necessary credentials in the state or country they currently practice).
The application process requires:
• The completion of an application form
• Copies of college transcripts
• A letter of recommendation from a certified Alexander Teacher
• An application fee of $25. ($50. for foreign students)

Application Deadlines*
For September enrollment:    July 1
For January enrollment:   November 1
For April enrollment:    March 1
*Applications can be processed after the deadlines when space permits

The ACAT Teacher Certification Program is approved by the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT)..

“I felt inspired every day of ACAT’s extraordinary training. The consistently high caliber of instructions, paired with the teachers’ steady flow of warmth and support, set it apart from any other educational experience I’ve had.”

— Joan Arnold, ACAT ’88

 

For an application and school catalog or to arrange a visit, please fill out this form.

 

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