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Certification Requirements and Costs


Cost Breakdown of Certification Elements

Total Costs

Below are the costs per Certification Level, assuming that the candidate signs up for that level and works straight through to certification. Since Certification is cumulative, and each level is the prerequisite for the next, the total costs reflect the total amount paid over the course of time. These costs are as follows:

Basic Certification - $1,595.00

Elementary Certification - $2,880.00

Intermediate Certification - $4,425.00

Retraining Certification - $5,660.00

Advanced Certification - $7,795.00

Pedagogy Certification - $9,280.00


Below is the additional amount paid as the Candidate progresses through the various levels of Certification:


Basic Certification (B) - $1,595.00

B to Elementary (E) - $1,285.00

E to Intermediate (I) - $1,545.00

I to Retraining (R) - $1,235.00

I to Advanced (A) - $3,370.00

A to Pedagogy - $1,485.00

R to Pedagogy - $3,620.00


The various elements of the certification process can be broken down into parts. Each course you take, and each class you teach will gradually build up your credits to the various levels of certification. Each element is priced so that the costs are at a minimum for the candidate. Look at the level of certification you desire to achieve and the required credits, courses, observed classes, and instruction hours to best organize your work toward certification. You can seek help with your strategy by scheduling Evaluation sessions (this is outside of the requirement to have one Evaluation session as part of your study). The costs are listed below:


Course Registration - $ 35.00

Textbooks - $ 15.00 each

Credit Hour - $ 20.00 each

Exam Fee - $125.00 per exam, per sitting

Oral Defense Fee - $ 75.00

Dissertation Board Review - $450.00

Pedagogy Peer Review - $500.00

Evaluation - $ 30.00


Certification Level Requirements

Each level of certification has requirements that must be met, exams that must be passed at or above a certain level, and a dissertation with oral defense review. Below is the list of the various levels of certification and the required elements for each. Certification is cumulative, and so that all credit hours any candidate has achieved in prior studies count toward the total required for the level of certification in question.


Basic Certification

Required Courses are: Introductory, and Class Structuring, and 6 credit hours of coursework in Academy Method studies, for a total of 42 credit hours. The Candidate must also pass exams in each of the courses with a score of 85% or higher before extra credit is applied. In addition, a Candidate must teach a total of 10 Academy Method classes, with 5 of these observed by a certified Peer Reviewer. This peer will then present an evaluation of the Candidate’s work, with a recommendation to pursue certification by writing a 5-10 page dissertation on a topic assigned by the peer reviewer. Once the dissertation is complete, the Candidate appears before a panel of 3 AM Certified Peer Reviewers to give an oral defense of the dissertation. With unanimous approval of that panel the Candidate is presented with Basic Certification.


Elementary Certification

Basic Certification (achieved no more than 5 years prior) is a prerequisite for Elementary Certification. Required courses are: Class Elements (Jumping, Turning and Combinations only); Level 1 curriculum; Female Technique; and 6 credit hours of additional Academy Method certification coursework for a cumulative total of 80 credit hours (32 more than were achieved in acquiring Basic AM Certification). The Candidate must pass exams with a score of 85% or higher, in each subject including elective studies. In addition, the Candidate must teach a total of 60 Academy Method classes, with 10 of these observed by a certified Peer Reviewer. This peer will then present an evaluation with a recommendation that the Candidate may pursue certification by writing a 10-15 page dissertation on a topic that is assigned by the Peer Reviewer. Once the dissertation is complete, you will appear before a panel of 3 AM Certified Peer Reviewers and give an oral defense of your dissertation. With unanimous approval of that panel the Candidate is presented with Elementary Certification.


Intermediate Certification

Only those who have Elementary Certification may become candidates for Elementary Certification. Required courses are: Class Elements Adagio; Level 2 Curriculum; Male Technique; and 6 credit hours of additional Academy Method certification coursework for a cumulative total of 110 credit hours (30 more than were achieved in acquiring Elementary AM Certification). A Candidate must pass exams with a score of 85% or higher, in each subject including elective studies. In addition, each Candidate must teach a total of 100 Academy Method classes, with 25 of these observed by a Certified Peer Reviewer. This Peer Reviewer will then present an evaluation with a recommendation to pursue certification by writing a 15-25 page dissertation on a topic that is assigned by the Peer Reviewer. Once the dissertation is complete, the Candidate will appear before a panel of 3 AM Certified Peer Reviewers and give an oral defense of the dissertation. With unanimous approval of that panel the Candidate is presented with Intermediate Certification.


Retraining Certification

Basic Certification is a prerequisite for Retraining Certification. Required courses are: Class Elements (full course); Body Mechanics; Retraining; Female Technique, Pointe Technique, Male Technique Partnering, and Repertory for a cumulative total of 134 credit hours (92 more than were achieved in acquiring Basic AM Certification). Candidates must pass all exams with a score of 85% or higher, in each subject including elective studies. In addition, the Candidate must teach a total of 60 Academy Method classes, with 30 of these observed by a Certified Peer Reviewer. This Peer Reviewer will then present an evaluation with a recommendation to pursue certification. At this point the Candidate submits a 1-2 page thesis proposal to the Peer Reviewer, who will either approve the topic, or work with the Candidate to develop the proposal until it is accepted. Once accepted, the Candidate must write a 25-50 page dissertation on that topic. Once the dissertation is complete, the Candidate appears before a panel of 3 AM Certified Peer Reviewers to give an oral defense of their dissertation. With unanimous approval of that panel the Candidate is presented with Retraining Certification.


Advanced Certification

> Only those who have Intermediate Certification may become a candidate for Advanced Certification. Required courses are: Body Mechanics, Petit Allegro, Levels 1 through 4 Curriculum Studies; Female Technique, Pointe Technique, Male Technique, Partnering, and all five elective courses (Character, Historical, Choreography, Improvisation, and Repertory) for a cumulative total of 202 credit hours (92 more than were achieved in acquiring Intermediate AM Certification). The Candidate must pass exams with a score of 85% or higher, in each subject including elective studies. In addition, the Candidate must teach a total of 120 Academy Method classes, with 40 of these observed by a Certified Peer Reviewer. These 40 observed classes must be comprised of 5 each in the four Lower School levels, Pointe, Partnering, and 2 each in the five Elective study courses. This peer will then present an evaluation with a recommendation to pursue certification. At this point the Candidate submits a 1-2 page thesis proposal to the review peer, who will either approve the topic, or work with the Candidate to develop the proposal until it is accepted. Once accepted, the Candidate must write a dissertation on that topic that is 50 pages or more. Once the dissertation is complete, candidates will appear before a panel of 3 AM Certified Peer Reviewers to give an oral defense of their dissertation. With unanimous approval of that panel the Candidate is presented with Advanced Certification.


Pedagogy Certification

Only those who have achieved Advanced Certification within five prior years may become a candidate for Advanced Certification. They must complete the Retraining course, and achieve 1 credit hour for passing each of the 17 other courses in the Advanced Certification with a score of 95% or higher, for a cumulative total of 231 credit hours (29 more than were achieved in acquiring Advanced AM Certification). Even though the Candidate has taken and passed these exams to achieve prior certification levels, each Candidate must retake that exam and receive 95% or higher before extra credit is applied. In addition, the Candidate must teach a cumulative total of 200 Academy Method classes, with 50 of these observed by a Certified Peer Reviewer. These 50 classes must be comprised of 5 each in Level 1 and Level 2; 8 each in Level 3, Level 4, and Pointe; 6 classes of partnering and 2 each in the five Elective study courses. This Peer Reviewer will then present an evaluation of the candidate’s work, with a recommendation to pursue certification. At this point the Candidate submits a thesis proposal to the Peer Reviewer, and also must secure a written assignment for publication of the resulting dissertation thesis. The Candidate then completes the dissertation and appears before a panel of 3 AM Certified Peer Reviewers to give an oral defense of the dissertation. With unanimous approval of that panel, the candidate then submits the document for publication, and is rewarded with Pedagogy Certification.

                                                                                                                                                               

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