Upon completion of teacher training, you may be eligible for apprentice teaching.
The OMC cannot guarantee apprentice teaching opportunities but will aim to provide support and assistance in finding an apprenticeship for trainees who have:
- Completed Teacher Training, including all required taught days and any required additional training for trainees without a professional mental health background
- Reached Advanced Beginner level, as defined by the MBI-TAC, based on informal assessment of the teaching to peers that occurs in the final stages of our training programme
It is important to seek an apprenticeship with someone teaching the same curricula you wish to teach e.g MBCT-L, Finding Peace in a Frantic World etc. Additional training for these curricula and settings may be required before entering your apprenticeship. The OMC regularly offers specialise curricula training and information is available in the Find a Course section of this website.
An apprenticeship involves co-teaching a minimum of two courses with a teacher who is experienced with the relevant curriculum and setting. Your apprenticeship co-teacher will provide pre-session planning and post-session debriefing for each session. Your apprenticeship co-teacher may also be your formal supervisor, if he or she is willing and qualified to do so. Otherwise, you will need to find a separate supervisor. The OMC may be able to suggest potential supervisors. The Mindfulness Network has a listing of supervisors who meet high quality standards. Either your co-teacher or your supervisor should be familiar with the MBI-TAC, both as a framework for discussing your skill development and for advising you on your readiness for teacher certification.
You and your apprenticeship co-teacher will decide collaboratively how to structure your apprenticeship experience, depending on your levels of skill and confidence. This may include being a participant-observer, leading selected practices, leading portions of sessions, or leading whole sessions.
In many cases, it will be productive and convenient for an apprentice to complete an entire apprenticeship (co-teaching a minimum of two MBCT courses and reaching readiness for teacher certification) with the same apprenticeship co-teacher. However, either party could decide not to continue the arrangement before reaching this point. You would then seek another opportunity for continuing your apprenticeship.
Your apprenticeship co-teacher and supervisor will help you determine when you are ready for teacher certification. To be eligible to apply, you must have taught at least two courses (standard MBCT or an alternate curriculum) as an apprentice and your apprenticeship supervisor must agree that you are ready. Formal competency assessment requires teaching or co-teaching an entire course and submitting recordings of all sessions to the OMC’s competency assessment service. This is described in more detail here.