Module 1 - Personal Development of the Teacher

3 credits each semester

We begin in Module One asking the student to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses as a potential teacher.  Then we ask them to develop an individual plan for growth, which will include the realms of physical, ethical, emotional, social, spiritual, neohumanism and service, as well as The Intellect, and The Arts in modules 2 and 3.  This reflects our belief that one of the most important foundations of teaching is the teacher's continuous process of self awareness and self-development. 

This part of the course continues for the duration of the course, so 3 credits per semester. 

Competency in Physical Health
Through a personalized action plan, the student has an understanding of healthy living habits as explained by yogic science, for the care and vitality of the physical body, and has incorporated the practice of these living habits into their life.

Competency in Ethics
Through a personalized action plan the student understands the ethical concepts of yama and niyama, has incorporated their practice into their life, and is reflecting on their impact on their life and their teaching.

Competency in Emotional and Social Development
Through a personalized action plan, the student has a knowledge of bio-psychology, is aware of their own emotions, and is observant of how their state of emotions reflects upon their interactions with others.   The student has learned effective communication skills.

Competency in Spiritual Practice
Through a personalized action plan, the student understands what is meant by spirituality and has incorporated a meditative practice into their daily life, and is reflecting on the impact this has on their life and their teaching.  

Competency on Spiritual Philosophy
Through a personalized action plan, the student has examined concepts and theories of spiritual philosophy with the aim of understanding the nature of reality and life, and to guide their movement in life.

Competency in Neohumanism
Through a personalized action plan, the student understands the philosophy of Neohumanism.  The student  is practising neohumanist principles in their life and reflecting on how these principles will guide their role and work in the classroom.

Competency in Service
Through a personalized action plan, the student is reflecting on how their own spiritual development leads to a desire to be of service to others, and is taking steps in their life and in their teaching to manifest this.