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Children’s Yoga Teacher Certificate

Ramapo’s Children’s Yoga Teacher Certification program is for classroom teachers and others wishing to learn the basic principles and tools needed to effectively teach children (Pre K-12) yoga and contemplative practices in academic and other environments.

This certification was created by the Yoga Alliance, the certifying body for yoga teachers in the U.S.

Children doing yoga

Ramapo College is Approved by the Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga School, Registered Children’s Yoga School, and a YACEP® .

Attend an Information Session to learn about the yoga teacher certificate programs and additional yoga programs:

  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 1:00 pm-1:45 pm in ASB-420
  • Thursday, December 13, 2018, 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm in ASB-420

2019 Dates


What Will I Learn?

Teachers who wish to add the practice of yoga into their classroom and other settings are equipped with the basic principles and tools needed to effectively teach children (pre K-12) yoga and contemplative practices. Successful participants are prepared for Yoga Alliance Certification as Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT) and earn 4 undergraduate academic credits.

Requirements – Approved by Yoga Alliance

To earn the new 95-hour Children’s Yoga Teacher Certificate from Ramapo College, enrollees are required to complete: Methods of Contemplative Education for Children and Youth (EDUC 230, a 54-hour 4-credit hybrid course); Yoga Technique (24 hours); and Applied Anatomy and Physiology (12 hours). Program graduates receive a Ramapo College Children’s Yoga Teacher Certificate of Completion and are able to immediately apply newly learned skills in their classrooms.

For those wishing to receive the Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT) certification from the Yoga Alliance, you must additionally teach 30 hours of Children’s Yoga classes plus have earned the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification that provides the credential as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT).

The 4-credit Methods of Contemplative Education for Children and Youth course includes:

  • An experiential approach to teaching students self-management through body based mindful practices including yoga
  • An exploration of the physiology of anxiety in children and an exploration of chronic stress-based disease, and the physiological effects of mindfulness practices.
  • An experiential approach to mindful communications and relationships
  • An investigation of the cognitive, social, and emotional benefits of these practices

Entrance Requirements

  • Apply online
  • Submit a 200 word essay describing previous yoga experience and reasons for wanting to teach
  • Submit most recent academic transcript. Must have good academic standing at the educational institution currently attending or previously attended (RCNJ students do not need to submit a transcript)
  • Application fee $25

Course Goals

Students in this course will:

  1. Effectively utilize yoga tools and other mindfulness tools in and out of the classroom to teach mindful practices to children in grades Pre-K-12
  2. Understand children’s physical, mental, emotional, and social development
  3. Design and develop lesson plans appropriate to the physical, cognitive, emotional and social capacities of the age group of your interest
  4. Understand the personal, social, cognitive and health benefits of contemplative practice
  5. Understand and apply social, emotional and brain based learning
  6. Know and apply the benefits of contemplative practices for special needs students through adaptive pedagogy
  7. Know state and national content standards and physical education standards and apply appropriately to contemplative education
  8. Practice reflective inter/intra-personal communicative and teaching skills

Learner Outcomes

Students will:

  1. Integrate the physiological basis of mindfulness practice into lessons
  2. Demonstrate inter- and intra-personal communication and teaching skills based in mindfulness practice
  3. Design and develop lesson plans appropriate to the age group you are teaching
  4. Design and develop lesson plans that meet state and national standards
  5. Effectively utilize yoga tools in the classroom to meet special needs
  6. Apply concepts and language from course reading in their own reflections
  7. Sustain and reflect upon personal practice

Additional Information

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Tuition and Fees
  • Application fee $25
  • Tuition for in-state students: $2750 (~$1635 for EDUC 230 + ~$1115 for non-credit training hours). Tuition for out-of-state students: $3,350. Text books not included. Tuition Information
  • All relevant non-tuition related charges (e.g., parking fees, dishonored check fees, etc.) apply

The College reserves the right to change costs, dates and procedures at its discretion.

Summer 2018 Schedule

Children’s Yoga Teacher Certificate Course 2018 Schedule

EDUC 230/Hybrid Course: Eight evenings on campus/four meetings online. Plus two weekends.

Evening Class Schedule

July 9
EDUC 230 (online)
July 16
EDUC 230 (online)
July 23
EDUC 230 (online)
July 30
EDUC 230 (online)
July 10
EDUC 230
July 17
EDUC 230
July 24
EDUC 230
July 12
EDUC 230
July 19
EDUC 230
July 26
EDUC 230
July  13
EDUC 230
July 27
EDUC 230

Weekend Class Schedule

July 14
July 28
July 15
July 29


Ramapo College reserves the right to cancel any course due to limited enrollment, lack of facilities or unanticipated unavailability of faculty. Full tuition will be refunded when a course is cancelled.

Returned Checks

There is a $25 returned check fee.


Ramapo College reserves the right to substitute faculty/instructors if necessary.

Application Confirmation

The status of all applications are confirmed by email. If you apply and do not receive an email confirmation, please email or call (201) 684-7370.

Parking Passes

Parking passes are sent via email prior to the first day of class and must be displayed to avoid a ticket.


Ramapo College follows the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act for those students requesting accommodations. To request disability-related accommodations, please call (201) 684-7370 or email

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How Long will the Children’s Yoga Teacher Class take?
Depending on the summer calendar, the program is complete across a 3-4 week time span.

Q: When and where is the Children’s Yoga Teacher class held?
The program is held in the summer, mainly in July, on the Ramapo College

Q: What are the requirements?
To earn the new Children’s Yoga Teacher Certificate from Ramapo College, enrollees are required to complete: Methods of Contemplative Education for Children and Youth, a 54-hour 4-credit course; Yoga Technique, a 24-hour non-credit course; and Applied Anatomy and Physiology, a 12-hour non-credit course. For program graduates wishing to receive RCYT Certification from the Yoga Alliance you must additionally teach 30 hours of Children’s Yoga classes and have earned the 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) Certification.

Q: When do I arrange to teach 30 hours of Children’s Yoga Classes?
You can arrange to teach after you have completed the program at Ramapo. Suggestions, such as bringing together children in your neighborhood or adding yoga to an existing class you teach, are discussed during the program.    


For Coursework Content Information, contact:
Prof. Carol Bowman,

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