Feel free to e-mail the director if you have a question beyond what you find here.
Q: How long is the Teacher Training Course? (back to top)
A: The ATI-LA Teacher Training Course is a three-year program, with classes in session 36 weeks a year: Fall Term - September to December; Winter Term - January to April; and Spring Term - April to June. July and August are off for summer vacation. Students may begin the training in September, January, or April when there is space available.
Q: What does the teacher training cost? (back to top)
A: Tuition is $22,800 for the three-year Teacher Training Course, that’s nine terms (three terms per year) at $2,533.33 per term.
Q: What do I have to do to apply for teacher training? (back to top)
A: First, download an application form from this website or request one from the Director. Once you have completed and submitted your application, you must visit a session of the course. This gives the prospective student an opportunity to experience a day on the course, to meet current trainees, observe the schedule firsthand and to meet some of the Faculty. Next, schedule an interview with the Director. This is an opportunity to ask questions about the course and to discuss one’s interest in the Alexander Technique. This period of time sometimes includes some individual work with the Director and/or Faculty. Note that as a prerequisite, you must have had 30 to 40 Alexander Technique lessons prior to applying.
Q: Are there alternatives to the five-morning-a-week program? (back to top)
A: This school currently offers only one training course, which meets in the mornings.
Q: Can I make a living as an Alexander Teacher? (back to top)
A: This depends on the individual. The course does not guarantee employment, but does provide practical information on building an Alexander Technique practice. Post-graduate mentoring is available, as is post-graduate study. Many, but not all, of our graduates have part-time to full-time practices.
Q: How many students per teacher are there in class? (back to top)
A: Abiding by the American Society for the Alexander Technique guidelines, our student-to-teacher ratio is 5:1.
A: Students are asked to read materials on the Alexander Technique outside of class and sometimes to do some work on anatomy. The reading is minimal. The main outside “work” is to work on one’s own “use” and the principles of the Technique.
Q: Do you have to be a graduate to start teaching? (back to top)
A: Our Enrollment Agreement states that one does not teach or present oneself as a teacher until certified by the course.
Q: Do you have to become a teacher to study at ATI-LA? (back to top)
A: A Six-Week Intensive program is available for students who wish to have more Alexander lessons without becoming a teacher. This is not considered teacher training unless students continue with the three-year program.
Q: Where do I find an Alexander Technique teacher in Southern California? (back to top)
A: There are listings of Alexander Technique teachers by state on the AmSAT website. Scroll down the California list to "Los Angeles County" or "Orange County/San Diego County", for example. You are also welcome to contact the director of ATI-LA for a local list of teachers.