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What is the CCT™ Teacher Education Program?


The Compassion Cultivation Training™ Teacher Education program is a course for individuals who are passionate about compassion education and aspire to teach CCT™ in a community they are involved in. The program includes facilitated online academic courses and multi-day residential retreats led by senior faculty of Compassion Institute. As a final step toward certification, trainees will be offered a supervised CCT™ teaching practicum. Throughout this process, trainees are supported and enriched by an inspiring community of peers and teachers.


Who Can Participate?


We welcome applicants of varied backgrounds, perspectives, and goals, who are deeply committed to bringing compassion training to new communities. Applicants should be prepared to maintain a daily compassion meditation practice and complete college-level coursework in psychology, neurophysiology, philosophy, and theories of education.


The CCT™ Teacher Education Program Supports Trainees to:

– Hone the skill and art of facilitating CCT™ by exploring pedagogical theory and practice
– Gain a robust, nuanced understanding of the philosophy and science of compassion
– Deepen formal and informal daily practice including compassion, mindfulness, loving kindness, and contemplative inquiry
– Nurture a fearless, compassionate heart, to face challenges and suffering with more resilience and ease


When Does the Next Teacher Education Program Begin?


The next Teacher Education Program in English will take place in Denmark in 2020, in partnership with the Danish Center for Mindfulness. We’ll share application information as it becomes available. We will be inviting applications for the next Teacher Education program in the US during the summer, 2020. To receive updates, please join our mailing list.


In the meantime, we encourage those interested in the Teacher Education Program to complete the CCT™ prerequisite by enrolling in an 8-week CCT™ class with a Certified Instructor. Visit our Teacher Directory to find an instructor near you, or take a look at our upcoming classes.