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Teacher Qualification and Certification

Below is the Cecchetti USA syllabi for teachers qualifying exams.  Click here to download a copy and for more information.

If you are interested in pursuing teacher's certification in the Cecchetti method, please contact our executive director, Denise Rinaldi, director@cecchettiusa.org.  Ms. Rinaldi will be able to recommend a certified teacher in your area and assist you in beginning the certification process.

TEACHING CERTIFICATE PART 1

Eligibility Requirements
• Candidates must be a minimum of 16 years of age
• Must have successfully completed the Grade 4 examination

Content
• Covers Primary through Grade 3
• The duration of the exam will be 1 ½ hours
• One examiner will conduct the exam
• Class should be at a Grade 1 or 2 level
• Class may be conducted using recorded music or pianist-candidates choice
• Candidate will conduct a 45-minutes class with 4-6 of their own students.  If this is not possible, the Director of Examinations must be notified no later than two weeks prior to the examination in order for students to be provided
• The candidate must present written class notes to the Director of Examinations no later than two weeks prior to the examination. Notes should follow the same general format as the syllabus notes 
• Class should consist of approximately ½ syllabus and ½ free work
• Following the class the candidate will be questioned on, and may be asked to demonstrate, any of the material from Primary, Standards 1 – 3, and Grades 1 – 3 syllabi.  Candidates may bring with them their syllabi materials for reference.
• Candidates will be questioned regarding the differences between the teaching of boys and girls
• Candidates will be questioned on their understanding of how to correct stance and  commonly seen faults
• This exam is not required for progression to the Associate Exam

Upon successful completion of Teacher's Certificate 1, the teacher is eligible to:

  • Become a Certified Member of Cecchetti USA.
  • Upon becoming a Certified Member of Cecchetti USA the teacher is eligible to enter students for examinations from Primary through Grade 3.
 

TEACHING CERTIFICATE 1 may also be taken in two parts:

Part 1A

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Candidates must be 16 years of age and have completed Grade 2. 

Content:

  • TC1 Part 1A covers Primary, Standard 1, and Grade 1 with your examination class being taught at the Grade 1 level. 

Upon completion of Teacher's Certificate 1A, the teacher is eligible to:

  • To progress to Teaching Certificate 1 Part B
  • The teacher will not be eligible to become a Certified Member, nor can they enter students for examinations until they have successfully completed TC1-part B. 

Part 1B

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Candidates must be 16 years of age and have completed Grade 4. 

Content:

  • TC1 Part 1B covers Standard 2, Grade 2, Standard 3, and Grade 3 with your examination class being taught at the Grade 3 level. 

Upon successful completion of Teacher's Certificate 1B, the teacher is eligible to:

  • Become a Certified Member of Cecchetti USA.
  • Upon becoming a Certified Member of Cecchetti USA the teacher is eligible to enter students for examinations from Primary through Grade 3.

TEACHING CERTIFICATE PART 2

Eligibility Requirements
• Candidates must be a minimum of 16 years of age
• Must have successfully completed the Grade 7 examination as either an
A or B candidate

Content
• Covers Standards 4 – 6 and Grades 4 - 6
• The duration of the exam will be 1 ½ hours
• One examiner will conduct the exam
• Class should be at a Grade 4 – 6 level
• Class may be conducted using recorded music or pianist-candidates choice
• Candidate will conduct a 45-minutes class with 4-6 of their own students.  If this is not possible, the Director of Examinations must be notified no later than two weeks prior to the examination in order for students to be provided
• The candidate must present written class notes to the Director of Examinations no later than two weeks prior to the examination. Notes should follow the same general format as the syllabus notes 
• Class should consist of approximately ½ syllabus and ½ free work
• Following the class the candidate will be questioned on, and may be asked to demonstrate, any of the material from Standards 4 – 6, and Grades 4 – 6 syllabi.  Candidates may bring with them their syllabi materials for reference.
• Candidates will be questioned regarding the differences between the teaching of boys and girls
• Candidates will be questioned on their understanding of how to correct stance and  commonly seen faults
• This exam is not required for progression to the Associate Exam

Upon successful completion of this exam the teacher is eligible to:

  • Become a Certified Member of Cecchetti USA.
  • Upon becoming a Certified Member of Cecchetti USA the teacher is eligible to enter students for examinations from Primary through Grade 6. 

ASSOCIATE

Eligibility Requirements
• Must be a minimum of age 18 (21)
• Must have successfully completed the Grade 8 (9) exam as an A or B candidate

Content
• The duration of this exam is 2 1/4 hours, conducted by two examiners
• A pianist must be used for this exam
• Candidate will conduct a one-hour class with 4-6 of their own students. 
• The candidate will teach a class at the Grade 8 level, containing equal parts of syllabus and non-syllabus work, including pointe work.
• The candidate must present two typed copies of their class notes to the Director of Examinations no later than two weeks prior to the examination. Notes should follow the same general format as the syllabus notes 
• Following the class the candidate will be questioned on:

  • Their understanding of the development of the syllabus from Primary through Grade 8.  It is not expected that exact patterns be known, but rather an understanding of how the work builds from a young child through to a higher level.
  • Candidates may be asked to demonstrate anything from Grades 7 or 8, male and female.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic steps through Grade 8 and be able to describe in detail the movement being performed.
  • Candidates may be questioned on the theory of techniques and principles as laid down in the Cecchetti manual
  • Candidates may be questioned on the approach to teaching of pointe work and the teaching of boys
  • An understanding of correct stance, common faults, and their correction.
  • An understanding of quality, phrasing and dynamics of movement and ability to count any exercise with tempo, accent, style and quality
  • Candidates will be asked to discuss their approach to teaching and safe practices
  • Candidates should be able to demonstrate, within their physical capability, the following from the Grade 9 syllabus:
  1. 2nd set of Port de Bras
  2. Pas de Chaconne or Temps de Courante
  3. Grand Préparation pour Pirouette en Dedans
  4. Assemblé, Temps Levé, Assemblé, Grand Temps Levé (Men’s)
  5. Cabrioles

• This exam is required to progress toward Licentiate
 
Upon successful completion of this exam the teacher is eligible to:
• become a Qualified Member of Cecchetti USA, and
• use the qualifying initials ACUSA, and
• enter students for examinations at any level

LICENTIATE

Eligibility Requirements
• Must be a minimum of 21 (25) years of age
• Must have successfully completed the Grade 9 (10) exam as an A or B candidate
• Must have successfully completed the Associate exam
Content
• The duration of this exam is 2 1/4 (1/2) hours, conducted by two examiners
• A pianist must be used for this exam
• Candidate will conduct a 1 ¼ (1/2) hour class at the Grade 9 level with 4-6 students provided by CUSA, containing equal parts of syllabus and non-syllabus work (and pointe work).
• The candidate must present two typed copies of their class notes to the Director of Examinations no later than two weeks prior to the examination. Notes should follow the same general format as the syllabus notes
• Following the class candidates may be:

  • asked to demonstrate to the best of their physical ability anything (male and female) from Grade 9
  • questioned on the theory of technique and principles as laid down in the Cecchetti manual
  • questioned on the approach to the teaching of pointe work and the teaching of boys as applicable to Grade 9
  • asked to demonstrate an understanding of correct stance, common faults, and their correction.
  • asked to demonstrate an understanding of quality, phrasing and dynamics of movement and ability to count any exercise with tempo, accent, style and quality
  • asked to discuss their approach to teaching and safe practices
  • asked to demonstrate knowledge of the basic steps through Grade 9 and be able to describe in detail the movement being performed
  • asked to demonstrate knowledge of the build up of Tour en L’air
  • asked to demonstrate, within their physical capability, the following from the Grade 10 syllabus:
    1. Port de Bras avec Grands Battements
    2. Troisième et Quatrième Arabesques or Développé Cecchetti
    3. Liaison de Pirouettes en Dehors
    4. Pas de Bourrée couru, Dégagé, Petits Battements, etc.
    5. Diamond Step
    6. Ballotté (Giselle)
    7. Pas de Bourrée couru, Jeté in 2nd Arabesques (Les Sylphides)
    8. Temps de Courante (pointe)

• This exam is required to progress toward Fellowship
 
Upon successful completion of this exam and maintaining membership the teacher is eligible to:
• use the qualifying initials LCUSA, and  
• enter students for examinations at any level
• Eligible for invitation to begin Examiner training

FELLOWSHIP
Eligibility Requirements

• Must be a minimum of 25 (28) years of age
• Must have successfully completed the Grade 10 (Diploma) exam as an A or B candidate
• Must have successfully completed the Licentiate exam

Content

• The duration of this exam is 2 ½ (3/4) hours, conducted by two examiners
• A pianist must be used for this exam
• The candidate must present two typed copies of their class notes to the Director of Examinations no later than two weeks prior to the examination. Notes should follow the same general format as the syllabus notes
• Candidate will submit two typed, double spaced copies of a research paper (candidate’s choice of a related subject) of a minimum of 2500 words, no later than two weeks prior to the exam to the Director of Examinations
• Candidate will provide a list of their Diploma selections including one of each of the following exercises:

  • Center practice
  • Adage
  • Pirouette
  • Allegro from each day of the week
  • Diagonal
  • Pointe
  • Men’s work  

• Candidate will conduct a 1 ½ (3/4) hour class with 4-6 students provided by CUSA consisting of:

  • The candidate’s short warm up barre, and
  • teaching set work from the Grade 10 syllabus (including both pointe and men’s work) chosen by the examiners
  • teaching Diploma exercises from the selections provided by the candidate but chosen by the examiners

• After the class, the candidate may be:

  • expected to teach and/or demonstrate (demonstrate) Diploma exercises chosen by the examiners from the selections provided by the candidate
  • asked to create and teach unseen enchainêments at the Grade 10 level
  • asked to demonstrate to the best of their physical ability anything (male and female) from Grade 10
  • questioned on the theory of technique and principles as laid down in the Cecchetti manual
  • questioned on the approach to the teaching of pointe work and the teaching of boys as applicable to Grade 10
  • asked to demonstrate an understanding of correct stance, common faults, and their correction.
  • asked to demonstrate an understanding of quality, phrasing and dynamics of movement and ability to count any exercise with tempo, accent, style and quality
  • asked to discuss their approach to teaching and safe practices
  • asked to demonstrate knowledge of the basic steps through Grade 10 and be able to describe in detail the movement being performed


Upon successful completion of this exam and maintaining membership, the teacher is eligible to:
• use the qualifying initials FCUSA, and
• enter students for examinations at any level, and
• be invited by the Board of Examiners to become an Examiner Trainee