Teacher Qualification and Certification

Below is the Cecchetti USA syllabi for teachers qualifying exams.  Click 2016 SYLLABI for TEACHING EXAMS to download a copy with more detailed 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

Eligibility Requirements 

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

Content 

  •  Covers Primary through Grade 3 (includes Standards 1 – 3)
  •  The duration of the exam will be 1 . 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 . syllabus and . free work
  •  Following the class the candidate will be questioned on, and may be asked to demonstrate, any basic step from Primary, Standards 1 – 3, and Grades 1 – 3 syllabi.
  •  It is not expected that exact patterns be known, but rather an understanding of how the work builds.
  •  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: 

  •  Enroll in CUSA as a Certified Member, or a Student Teacher (up through age 20)
  •  Enter students for examinations – Primary through Grade 3
  •  Progress to Teaching Certificate 2 (optional)

 

TEACHING CERTIFICATE 1 – PART

Eligibility Requirements 

  •  Candidates must be a minimum of 16 years of age
  •  Must have successfully completed the Grade 2 examination or above

Content 

  •  Covers Primary, Standard 1, and Grade 1
  •  The duration of the exam will be 1 . hours
  •  One examiner will conduct the exam
  •  Class should be at the Standard 1 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 . syllabus and . free work
  •  Following the class the candidate will be questioned on, and may be asked to demonstrate, any of the basic steps from Primary, Standard 1, and Grade 1 syllabi.  It is not expected that exact patterns be known, but rather an understanding of how the work builds  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: 

  •  Enroll in CUSA as a Certified Member, or a Student Teacher (up through age 20)
  •  Enter students for examinations – Primary through Grade 1
  •  Progress to Teaching Certificate 1 – Part B (optional)

 

TEACHING CERTIFICATE 1 – PART

Eligibility Requirements 

  •  Candidates must be a minimum of 16 years of age
  •  Must have successfully completed the Grade 4 examination or above
  •  Must have successfully completed the TC 1A examination

Content 

  •  Covers Standard 2, Grade 2, Standard 3, Grade 3
  •  The duration of the exam will be 1 . hours
  •  One examiner will conduct the exam
  •  Class should be at a Grade 2 or Standard 3 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 . syllabus and . free work
  •  Following the class the candidate will be questioned on, and may be asked to demonstrate, any of the basic steps from Standard 2, Grade 2, Standard 3, Grade 3
  • Syllabi  It is not expected that exact patterns be known, but rather an understanding of how the work builds
  •  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: 

  •  Enroll in CUSA as a Certified Member, or a Student Teacher (up through age 20)
  •  Enter students for examinations – Primary through Grade 3
  •  Progress to Teaching Certificate 2 (optional)

 

TEACHING CERTIFICATE

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, or above

Content 

  •  Covers Standards 4 – 6 and Grades 4 – 6
  •  The duration of the exam will be 1 . hours
  •  One examiner will conduct the exam
  •  Class should be at a Grade 4 or Standard 5 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 . syllabus and . free work
  •  Following the class the candidate will be questioned on, and may be asked to demonstrate, any of the basic steps from Standards 4 – 6, and Grades 4 – 6 syllabi. Candidates may bring with them their syllabi materials for reference.
  •  It is not expected that exact patterns be known, but rather an understanding of how the work builds
  •  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: 

  •  Enroll in CUSA as a Certified Member, or a Student Teacher (up through age 20)
  •  Enter students for examinations – Primary through Grade 6

 

ASSOCIATE 

Eligibility 

  •  Must be a minimum of age 21
  •  Must have successfully completed the Grade 9 exam as an A or B candidate

Prerequisites 

  • Must provide to the Director of Examinations no later than one month prior to the examination date the following:
  •  Name of primary teacher of Cecchetti training (where, when)
  •  Name of teacher responsible for coaching this exam within the last 6 months
  •  A resumé of teaching experience (where, when, what levels)
  •  Timetables with results from previous sessions (if applicable)
  •  Two typed copies of the class notes

Content 

  •  The duration of this exam is 2 ½ hours, conducted by two examiners
  •  A pianist must be used for this exam
  •  Candidate will conduct a 1  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.
  •  Set exercises need not be detailed, but must be listed within the context of the whole class
  •  A detail of the unset exercises should follow the same format as the CUSA syllabi
    • 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:
      •  2nd set of Port de Bras
      •  Pas de Chaconne or Temps de Courante
      •  Grand Préparation pour Pirouette en Dedans
      •  Assemblé, Temps Levé, Assemblé, Grand Temps Levé (Men’s)
      •  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

Upon becoming a Qualified Member of Cecchetti USA, the teacher is eligible to: 

  •  Use the qualifying initials ACUSA, and
  •  May enter students for examinations at any level

 

LICENTIATE 

Eligibility 

  •  Must be a minimum of 25 years of age
  •  Must have successfully completed the Grade 10 exam as an A or B candidate
  •  Must have successfully completed the Associate exam
  •  Must have successfully completed the Essential Anatomy exam

Prerequisites 

Must provide to the Director of Examinations no later than one month prior to the examination date the following: 

  •  Name of primary teacher of Cecchetti training (where, when)
  •  Name of teacher responsible for coaching this exam within the last 6 months
  •  A resumé of teaching experience (where, when, what levels)
  •  Timetables with results from previous sessions (if applicable)
  •  Two typed copies of the class notes

Content 

  •  The duration of this exam is 2 ¾  hours, conducted by two examiners
  •  A pianist must be used for this exam
  •  Candidate will conduct a 1 ½  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.
  •  Set exercises need not be detailed, but must be listed within the context of the whole class
  •  A detail of the unset exercises should follow the same format as the CUSA syllabi
  •  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:
      •  Port de Bras avec Grands Battements
      •  Troisième et Quatrième Arabesques or Développé Cecchetti
      •  Liaison de Pirouettes en Dehors
      •  Pas de Bourrée couru, Dégagé, Petits Battements, etc.
      •  Diamond Step
      •  Ballotté (Giselle)
      •  Pas de Bourrée couru, Jeté in 2nd Arabesques (Les Sylphides)
      •  Temps de Courante (pointe)

This exam is required to progress toward Fellowship 

Upon successful completion of this exam all benefits of Associate remain, plus: 

  •  May use the qualifying initials LCUSA, and
  •  May be considered for invitation to begin the training process to become an examiner at the First Tier.

 

FELLOWSHIP 

Eligibility Requirements 

  •  Must be a minimum of 28 years of age
  •  Must have successfully completed the Diploma exam
  •  Must have successfully completed the Licentiate exam
  •  Must have successfully completed the Essential Anatomy exam

Prerequisites 

Must provide to the Director of Examinations no later than one month prior to the examination date the following: 

  •  Name of primary teacher of Cecchetti training (where, when)
  •  Name of teacher responsible for coaching this exam within the last 6 months
  •  A resumé of teaching experience (where, when, what levels)
  •  Timetables with results from previous sessions (if applicable)
  •  Two typed copies of the notes for the warm up barre, and list of Diploma selections

Content 

  •  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 ¾  hour class with 4-6 students provided by CUSA consisting of:
    •  The candidate’s short warm up barre, consisting of equal parts traditional and free exercises
    •  Notes should follow the same general format as the syllabus notes
    •  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
  •  A pianist must be used for this exam
  •  The duration of this exam is 3 hours, conducted by two examiners
  •  After the class, the candidate may be:
    • Expected to 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
  •  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

Upon successful completion of this exam all benefits of Licentiate remain, plus: 

  •  May use the qualifying initials FCUSA, and
  •  May be considered for invitation to begin the training process to become an examiner at the First Tier.

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