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Pilates Teacher (SOC CODE: 25-3021.00)

Job Description Overview

Teach or instruct courses other than those that normally lead to an occupational objective or degree. Courses may include self-improvement, nonvocational, and nonacademic subjects. Teaching may or may not take place in a traditional educational institution.

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  • Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
  • Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School
  • Special Education Teachers, Secondary School
  • Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School

Sample Job Duties

  • Monitor students' performance to make suggestions for improvement and to ensure that they satisfy course standards, training requirements, and objectives.
  • Instruct students individually and in groups, using various teaching methods, such as lectures, discussions, and demonstrations.
  • Enforce policies and rules governing students.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by administrative policy.
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injury and damage.
  • Observe students to determine qualifications, limitations, abilities, interests, and other individual characteristics.
  • Conduct classes, workshops, and demonstrations, and provide individual instruction to teach topics and skills, such as cooking, dancing, writing, physical fitness, photography, personal finance, and flying.
  • Schedule class times to ensure maximum attendance.
  • Assign and grade class work and homework.
  • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Pilates Teacher: Cadillac, Chair, Auxiliary

      Certificate E0399
      The certificate prepares students for careers as Pilates instructors/trainers in professional Pilates studios, dance studios, corporate fitness facilities, wellness centers, public/private health clubs and private training in a home studio. The curriculum meets the industry standards for a comprehensive Pilates teacher training technique course. The program covers Pilates theory, anatomy , pedagogy and the exercise repertoire for the Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Barrels, Ped-a-Pul and accessory equipment. The certificate includes lecture, self-study and practice teaching hours and after completing the certificate, students will be qualified to teach all levels of the Pilates exercise repertoire in Mat and apparatus, including special populations and remedial programs.

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      DNCE 39AAlignment and Correctives I0.5
      DN-T 27Theory and Principles of Pilates3
      DN-T 28Functional Anatomy for Pilates2
      DN-T 29Teaching Pilates Mat Repertoire1.5
      DN-T 30Teaching Pilates Reformer Repertoire1.5
      DN-T 32Teaching Pilates Cadillac and Wunda Chair Repertoire1.5
      DN-T 33Teaching Pilates Ped-a-Pul, Barrels and Auxiliary Equipment Repertoire1.5
      DN-T 34Pilates Teaching-Cadillac, Wunda Chair & Auxiliary Equipment3
      Choose two courses. Must take 1 unit from each course selected2
      DNCE 41
      Pilates I
      DNCE 42
      Pilates II
      DNCE 43
      Pilates III
      Total Units16.5

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      Guided Pathway of Study

    • Pilates Teacher: Mat & Reformer

      Certificate E0315
      The Pilates Professional Teacher Training Certificate prepares students for careers as Pilates instructors/trainers in professional Pilates studios, dance studios, corporate fitness facilities, wellness centers, public/private health clubs and private training in a home studio. The certificate meets the industry standards for a Pilates Teacher Training technique course in Mat and Reformer, and includes lecture, self-study, and teaching hours. The program includes Pilates theory, anatomy, the Mat and Reformer repertoire of exercises and after completing the certificate, students will be qualified to teach all levels of the Pilates exercises in Mat and Reformer, including special populations and remedial programs.   

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      DN-T 27Theory and Principles of Pilates3
      DN-T 28Functional Anatomy for Pilates2
      DN-T 29Teaching Pilates Mat Repertoire1.5
      DN-T 30Teaching Pilates Reformer Repertoire1.5
      DN-T 31Pilates Teaching-Mat and Reformer3
      KIN 24Applied Kinesiology2
      DNCE 39AAlignment and Correctives I0.5
      DNCE 41Pilates I1
      Choose two courses. Must take 1 unit from each course selected2
      DNCE 40
      Conditioning Through Dance
      DNCE 42
      Pilates II
      DNCE 43
      Pilates III
      Total Units16.5

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      Guided Pathway of Study

    • Kinesiology & Wellness Emphasis, AA Liberal Arts & Sciences

      Degree A8986
      An emphasis in Kinesiology and Wellness provides the student with an understanding of kinesiology, health promotion, and the mechanics of human bodily movement. In addition to the foundational physical education and movement courses, students select courses from a scientific and nutrition and behavioral development and diversity cluster.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Cluster 1: Kinesiology, Movement, and Health Promotion
      Choose a minimum of 6 units from the following:6
      DN-T 18
      Introduction to Dance
      DN-T 20
      History and Appreciation of Dance
      KIN 3
      First Aid and CPR
      or KIN 5
      Advanced First Aid/CPR/Emergency Response
      KIN 13
      Sports Officiating
      KIN 17
      Introduction to Kinesiology
      KIN 19
      Introduction to Care/Prevention of Activity/Sports -Related Injuries
      KIN 34
      Fitness for Living
      KIN 39
      Techniques of Fitness Testing
      KIN 44
      Theory of Coaching
      Cluster 2: Scientific and Nutrition Background
      Choose a minimum of 3 units from the following:3
      ANAT 10A
      Introductory Human Anatomy
      or ANAT 35
      Human Anatomy
      ANAT 10B
      Introductory Human Physiology
      or ANAT 36
      Human Physiology
      ANAT 35
      Human Anatomy
      ANAT 36
      Human Physiology
      BIOL 1
      General Biology
      BIOL 4
      Biology for Majors
      or BIOL 4H
      Biology for Majors - Honors
      BIOL 5
      Contemporary Health Issues
      BIOL 13
      Human Reproduction, Development and Aging
      CHEM 10
      Chemistry for Allied Health Majors
      CHEM 40
      Introduction to General Chemistry
      CHEM 50
      General Chemistry I
      or CHEM 50H
      General Chemistry I - Honors
      MICR 1
      Principles of Microbiology
      MICR 22
      Microbiology
      NF 10
      Nutrition for Health and Wellness
      or NF 12
      Sports Nutrition
      NF 25
      Introduction to Nutrition Science
      or NF 25H
      Introduction to Nutrition Science - Honors
      PHYS 1
      Physics
      PHYS 2AG
      General Physics
      PSYC 1B
      Biological Psychology
      Cluster 3: Behavioral Development and Diversity
      Choose a minimum of 3 units from the following:3
      ANTH 5
      Cultural Anthropology
      ANTH 22
      General Cultural Anthropology
      CHLD 1
      Child, Family, School and Community
      CHLD 10
      Child Growth and Lifespan Development
      or CHLD 10H
      Child Growth and Lifespan Development- Honors
      CHLD 11
      Child and Adolescent Development
      COUN 2
      College Success Strategies
      COUN 5
      Career and Life Planning
      PSYC 1A
      Introduction to Psychology
      or PSYC 1AH
      Introduction to Psychology - Honors
      PSYC 3
      Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
      PSYC 14
      Developmental Psychology
      PSYC 15
      Introduction to Child Psychology
      PSYC 17
      Introduction to Human Services
      PSYC 26
      Psychology of Sexuality
      PSYC 33
      Psychology for Effective Living
      SOC 1
      Introduction to Sociology
      or SOC 1H
      Introduction to Sociology - Honors
      SOC 2
      Contemporary Social Problems
      or SOC 2H
      Contemporary Social Problems - Honors
      SOC 15
      Child Development
      SOC 20
      Sociology of Ethnic Relations
      or SOC 20H
      Sociology of Ethnic Relations - Honors
      Required Electives
      Activity Courses
      Choose a minimum of two courses from the following: (these units count towards the 18 required for the degree 1 - 5.5 units)
      DNCE 1
      Ballet Fundamentals
      DNCE 10
      Modern Fundamentals
      DNCE 17
      Jazz Fundamentals
      DNCE 28
      Theater Dance I
      DNCE 41
      Pilates I
      KINA 8A
      Swimming - Beginning
      KINF 10A
      Weight Training - Beginning
      KINF 34A
      Cardiorespiratory Training Beginning
      KINF 36A
      Circuit Training Beginning
      KINF 38A
      Aerobics-Beginning
      KINI 4A
      Badminton - Beginning
      KINI 18A
      Golf - Beginning
      KINI 29
      Self Defense and Martial Arts
      KINI 33A
      Kickboxing Beginning
      KINI 50A
      Yoga
      KINS 2A
      Basketball Beginning
      KINS 10A
      Beginning Soccer
      KINS 24A
      Volleyball - Beginning
      KINX 88
      Pre-Season Athletics
      KINX 99
      Off-Season Athletics
      KINL 2
      Physical Fitness for the Physically Limited
      KINL 18
      Weight Training for the Physically Limited
      Must complete at least 18 units from clusters 1 – 3 including activity courses.
      For Area of Emphasis
      Total Units 18

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