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Yoga Instruction

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Yoga Instruction prepares students to become qualified yoga instructors. The program provides students with a foundation in the theory, tradition and practice of yoga, knowledge of anatomy and physiology applied to yoga instruction, instructional methodology in the art and science of teaching yoga asanas, and practice teaching experience.

Details

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Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Type
Certificate
Academic Plan
Yoga Instruction (CER)
Academic Plan Code
5446
Total Credits Required
22
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Practice industry accepted professional and ethical behavior.
  2. Utilize effective written and oral communication skills in accordance with the professional conventions within the field of yoga.
  3. Utilize a range of movement techniques based in body knowledge to assess the skill level of yoga students and demonstrate appropriate movement modifications.
  4. Analyze yoga philosophy, historical roots, current issues and trends in personal and professional yoga practice.
  5. Develop and implement individual strategies for yoga instruction grounded in established theories, philosophies and guidelines.
  6. Apply evaluative feedback from self and others to develop and refine teaching approaches and style.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Exercise Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors

$41,920

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Fall Semester (Term 1)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 1)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PED101YO or
PED103YO
Yoga or Yoga 0–1
PED150 Tradition and Practice of Yoga I 2
PED270 Teaching Yoga: Level I 2
Restricted Electives Choose from list of Restricted Electives below 1–2
PED102YO Yoga - Intermediate Taken every semester 1

Spring Semester (Term 2)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 2)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PED155 Tradition and Practice of Yoga II 2
PED271 Teaching Yoga: Level II 2
Restricted Electives Choose from list of Restricted Electives below 1–2
PED102YO Yoga - Intermediate Complete PED102YO every semester 1

Summer Semester (Term 3)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Summer Semester (Term 3)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PED102YO Yoga - Intermediate Complete PED102YO every semester 1
PED272 Teaching Yoga: Alignments and Adjustments Summer Course 2

Fall Semester (Term 4)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 4)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PED102YO Yoga - Intermediate Complete PED102YO every semester 1
BIO160 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology SG 4
PED274 Teaching Yoga: Practicum Practicum course 1
Restricted Electives Choose from list of Restricted Electives below 1–2

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PED101YO or
PED103YO
Yoga or Yoga 0–1
BIO160 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology SG 4

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PED101YO or
PED102YO or
PED103YO or
PED201YO
Yoga or Yoga - Intermediate or Yoga or Yoga - Advanced Complete PED102YO every semester 4
PED150 Tradition and Practice of Yoga I 2
PED155 Tradition and Practice of Yoga II 2

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PED270 Teaching Yoga: Level I 2
PED271 Teaching Yoga: Level II 2

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PED272 Teaching Yoga: Alignments and Adjustments Summer Course 2
PED274 Teaching Yoga: Practicum Practicum course 1
Restricted Electives Choose from list of Restricted Electives below 1–2

Restricted Electives: 

Students must complete at least one credit from List 1 and two credits from List 2, OR three credits from List 2. 

List 1 
PED101YO Yoga (1) 
PED102YO Yoga - Intermediate (1) 
PED103YO Yoga (0.5) 
PED201YO Yoga - Advanced (1) 
PED101YK Kundalini Yoga (1) 
PED103YK Kundalini Yoga (0.5) 
PED101YP Power Yoga (1) 
PED102YP Power Yoga - Intermediate (1) 
PED103YP Power Yoga (0.5) 1 

List 2 
+ PED280 Introduction to Yoga Therapy (2) 
+ PED281 Yoga Therapy - Upper Body Principles (2) 
WED162 Meditation and Wellness (1) 2-3

Course Area Key
Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Yoga Instruction (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=135205).


At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2019-20205/28/2019 – 5/25/2020