Assessment and certification
Assessment is on-going throughout the course, which means that you are being observed how you take on board the teachings that have been shared and how your new embodied understanding is reflected in, for example, your asana practice. All students are required to participate in all aspects and classes of the course, including all ‘teacher orientated’ activities, and complete all assigned pre-course reading and assignments as well as all homework given during the course.
Written homework and exam
You will be required to complete and hand in two essays in philosophy, which will reflect examination of your understanding of yoga philosophy. Both essays will be marked. You will also be required prepare and present a lesson plan for a 90-minute general-level class, with relevant asana modifications, as well as a comprehensive 8 weeks' beginners’ course. Both will need to be fully annotated and illustrated with pinmen, and they will be assessed and marked. You will be thoroughly prepared for, guided, briefed and fed back for this homework.
Happy graduates from TT11 in 2014
Half way through the course, on the 3rd residential intensive, you will sit a mock exam covering all the course subjects studied by this stage (philosophical concepts, Sanskrit terminology covering both asana names and key philosophical terms, anatomy and physiology, lesson planning and teaching methodology). This exam is not assessed; rather, it serves as a milestone and reference point for you to check where you are with your studies half way through the course. At the end of the course on the 4th residential intensive, you will sit a 2.5-hour final course exam, similar in content to the mid-course exam, which will be assessed and marked.
To successfully graduate from our teacher training course, each student will be observed and assessed on their teaching skills on three separate occasions: once internally and twice externally. You will do ample teaching practice over the duration of the course and at the residential intensives to prepare you for these assessments.
The first teaching assessment, Observed Taught Class 1, takes place 'internally' during the course and consists of a 60-minute class, which student teachers teach to their fellow trainees. This class, along with its class plan, will be observed and fed back by the course tutors. The second teaching assessment, Observed Taught Class 2, is a 90-minute class taught outside of the course to a group of minimum 6 students. This class and its class plan will be observed and fed back by an external BWY-approved assessor (Diploma Course Tutor [DCT] or a teacher with a TPOT [Teaching Practice Observation Training] qualification) or other assessor approved by the Yoga Academy. The third teaching assessment, Final Assessed Taught Class, is likewise a 90-minute class for a minimum of 6 students, and it will be assessed by a BWY DCT.
The assessors for the two external assessed classes will also assess and mark the trainees' class plans that need to be handed in prior to the scheduled assessed class. Students are responsible for arranging the two external assessed taught classes with the assessors themselves and pay the necessary assessment fees directly to the assessors (currently on average £75 per assessment, but variatioins exist).
This three-tier taught class assessment procedure is rigorous and ensures that students graduate as confident, well informed, safe, skilful and resourceful teachers, who are able to adapt and modify their classes to suit student abilities. Students do ample teaching practice during the residential intensives and in the interim periods between each intensive, which thoroughly prepares them for the assessments. Receiving feedback through the thee stages helps develop teaching skills, build confidence and remove mannerisms that may interfere with effective teaching.
Other requirements towards graduation
In addition to the written homework and assessed classes, each student will also be required to complete the following:
|•||Prepare class plans for and teach 10 classes, minimum 15 hours of total teaching time, between Intensive Week 3 and no later than four weeks before the Final Intensive with Graduation. Written evidence with fully detailed lesson plans that these classes have taken place must be retained.|
|•||Assist and observe a minimum of 15 hours of classes with the Yoga Academy faculty members, 10 hours of which must be with Simon Low at a yoga retreat weekend, yoga holiday or a day or weekend workshop. Travel costs, accommodation and catering costs when assisting Simon at any of his events are the student’s own responsibility. Some discounts are available, but arrangements are venue-specific.|
Experience as a class assistant with approved teachers and schools outside of the course residential periods is encouraged.
All students are required to complete a basic First Aid course (at their own expense) before the second residential intensive. Graduation is not possible without a duly completed and documented basic First Aid course.
After having successfully completed the course and all of the required assessed coursework and exams, at the Final Intensive with Graduation you will receive your Yoga Academy Teacher Certificate as well as your BWY accredited school diploma, along with the starting teacher package from BWY. You will then also be able to register your certificate at the 200-hour level with Yoga Alliance UK and Yoga Alliance US.
Our latest graduates at the end of their course in December 2015