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Become a Certified Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT™) Teacher

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Become a Certified Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT™) Teacher

Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT™) is an 8-week course that was developed in 2009 at Stanford University by lead author Thupten Jinpa, PhD, and Compassion Institute Founding Faculty members. CCT is taught around the world by Certified Teachers. Learn more about CCT here.

What is the CCT Teacher Training Program?

The CCT Teacher Training Program is a teaching certification program for individuals who are passionate about compassion education and aspire to teach CCT classes in their community.

The program includes live online academic courses with Compassion Institute CEO Thupten Jinpa, Founding Faculty and Senior CCT Teachers. Trainees who complete all academic requirements will be invited to teach two CCT practicum courses under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Throughout the program, trainees are supported and enriched by an inspiring community of peers and Compassion Institute faculty and senior teachers.

During CCT Teacher Training, you will:

Who can apply?

The most important requirement to apply is a desire to increase compassion in your community.

We welcome applicants of varied backgrounds, perspectives, and goals, who are deeply committed to bringing compassion training to new communities. We strongly encourage individuals from traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. Our teacher training program is a key part of our organization and we seek applicants who will add diversity to our community.

Although there are no formal educational requirements, to apply for the program you’ll need to:

1. Complete the 8-week CCT course

2. Be prepared to maintain a daily compassion meditation practice

Prior training or certification in a similar contemplative education program (like Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction or Mindful Self Compassion) can be helpful as you learn to teach CCT, although it is not required to apply.

Our Teaching Community

CCT teachers and teacher trainees are from a variety of backgrounds and communities. They are:

And more!

Click here to see our directory of Certified CCT teachers. And click here to see our map of where CCT Teachers live.

CCT Teacher Training 2020

While planning is underway for our next cohort, you can find details and an outline of the 2020 – 2021 US CCT Teacher Training cohort below. Details of the program are subject to change.

2020 Program Dates


June 15:

Applications open


August 10:

Applications close


August 17:

Cohort acceptance notices sent

Program Dates

Academic Courses:

August 29 2020 – January 13 2021



Mid January 2021 and continuing

Course Timeline & Details

Click on each title to see dates and more information.

Saturday, August 29, 9am – 5pm PT

Meet your cohort and faculty members, and receive an orientation to the program and the CCT Teaching Assessment Criteria.

Monthly throughout the program


Share the experience of your program with a small group of your cohort members that will meet each month for support and connection during your learning experience.

Self paced course, complete before December 30


With Dr. Thupten Jinpa. Building Compassion from the Inside Out is a 6 hour self paced online class that you will be required to complete by December 30, 2020. This course provides you with an introduction to the field of compassion study and research, perspectives on change and mechanisms of compassion cultivation, and background into the philosophical roots of the CCT curriculum.

Two 2-hour live sessions with Thupten Jinpa, PhD. Dates TBD


In this new course, Jinpa will draw on the theoretical and conceptual framework presented in his book A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives. In live online sessions, you will explore the suffering that occurs because of unjust systems and structures, and the compassionate framework to systems change.

Tuesdays, September 1 through October 20 from 9:30 – 11:30am PT


With Margaret Cullen. Personal compassion practice is a vital part of the CCT Teacher Training program. In the 8 week Deepening Compassion Practice class you’ll explore the subtleties and intricacies of your compassion practice while beginning to learn about guiding meditation and embodying mindfulness and compassion.

Mondays, October 19 through December 7 from 12 – 2pm PT


With Dr. Erika Rosenberg. This 8 week course will expose CCT teachers-in-training to key principles and findings from psychological, contemplative, and neuroscience and that can strengthen the teaching of CCT. The emphasis will be on learning how and when to share science, the strengths and limitations of sharing science in CCT, and in integrating scientific findings with weekly themes and pedagogy of CCT. Key studies will be shared for each step of the CCT course progression, and methods for integrating this material with key conceptual and experiential elements of the curriculum will be emphasized.

January 8 from 4 to 6pm PT and January 9, 10, 23 and 24 from 9:30am – 6pm PT


Practice and hone the craft of teaching CCT in a supportive group learning environment. You’ll learn about each week of CCT from faculty members, and experience what it’s like to teach, and give and receive feedback with your classmates.

Tuesdays, January 26 from 1-3pm, February 2 and 9 from 12 – 2pm PT With Dr. Leah Weiss. In this 3 week course you’ll work with creating conceptual clarity in the classroom through structured lessons, feedback and practice teaching in small groups.

Saturday, February 13 from 9am – 1pm PT


Spend time with your cohort sharing what you’ve learned through the program and discussing next steps.

Thursdays, March 4 -18 and April 1 from 12 – 2pm PT


With Monica Hanson. To become a Certified CCT Teacher, skillful group facilitation is essential. In this 4 week class, you will explore and practice how to facilitate a CCT class. This includes offering inquiry 1:1 in the context of a group; recognizing and reflecting constructive group level conversations, understanding, and insight; implementing specific facilitation strategies to support in-class engagement, attendance, and meditation practice outside of class; and responding to difficult questions. (No class March 25th). This class can be taken while you’re teaching Practicum.

Your certification culminates in teaching CCT teaching two practicum courses. You’ll teach the 8 week CCT program in your community and film the course for your advisor, who will provide you with personal, tailored guidance, feedback and coaching to enhance your teaching skills.


Practicum One is an opportunity to spend 8 hours with your mentor reviewing portions of your filmed course and getting feedback you can implement during the course. In Practicum Two, you’ll submit videos of two full class sessions and receive a completed assessment from your mentor. (In some instances, a trainee may meet criteria to teach only Practicum One).


Practicum advisors are Compassion Institute Founding Faculty members and Senior CCT Teachers.

Program Cost and Application



To apply for the Teacher Training Program, you are required to have completed an 8-week CCT course. Here you can find a directory of Certified CCT teachers. We encourage you to take CCT with a local teacher if possible. You can also attend CCT with our Founding Faculty. Upcoming courses are listed here.

Strong applicants will have:

Application submissions will include:

1.  Please describe your interest in the program, including:

2. Please respond to one of the following prompts:


Compassion Institute’s mission is to be a global advocate for compassion education. To successfully execute on this mission we must have certified CCT teachers with diverse lived experiences and from communities that are currently underrepresented in our certified teacher community. We strongly encourage individuals from traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. We have a limited number of full-scholarships to offer to candidates that come from and intend to teach CCT in these communities globally.


Scholarship requests will be submitted as a section of your application. Your application fee will be waived if you apply for a scholarship.

Questions about CCT Teacher Training?

Email us at [email protected] for more information.