The Pilates Instructor Certificate of Achievement prepares the student to teach in a privately owned dance, fitness or Pilates studio, recreational facility, or health club. The student takes theory and technique courses on Pilates apparatus taught by Pilates certified specialists and learns methods to determine appropriate conditioning programs for people of all ages and physical conditions.

To prepare the student for employment, instruction uses both classroom work with a variety of instructional methods (lecture, lab/demonstration, independent and group projects), and internship experiences in dance and fitness facilities.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this certificate the student will be able to:

  1. Successfully teach a Pilates mat and apparatus class.
  2. Communicate effectively through clear demonstration and verbal cueing using appropriate terminology and safety measures.

Checklist of Required Courses (2023-2024)

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Recommended Prior to Internship 2

  • Current First Aid/CPR certification

Core Courses

Fall Semester

  • Pilates Mat Work
  • Kinesiology for Dance
  • Pilates Methodology 1
  • Pilates Apparatus 1
  • Pilates Internship I

Spring Semester

  • Pilates as a Profession
  • Pilates Apparatus 2
  • Pilates Methodology 2
  • Pilates Internship II

Select two units of the following

  • Strength and Stretch (Fall only)
  • Conditioning for Dance (Spring only)
  • Ballet Floor Barre and Correctives
  • Either Yoga for Dancers OR Yoga for Dancers 2
  • Movement for Longevity (Spring only)
  • Gyrokinesis 
  • Pilates 3-4

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