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The documents requested by IAYT are based on good business practices. Sample documents are found at the end of this page. The goal is to support the integrity and transparency of the school offering the program, protecting both students and the school. The list of requested documents includes the following:
· Student Application Form
· Teacher CV/Resume
· Enrollment Form
· Code of Conduct/Ethics Statement
· Student Information Materials, including, but not exclusive to, catalog, student handbook
The syllabi are the outlines of the courses, modules or semesters in a program. The Accreditation Committee’s goal is to get a sense of the subject matter and the flow of material presented in the program. It can be presented in a sequential outline or as a time schedule.
Within the syllabi material, please develop the materials so we may see the following:
· The name of each course;
· Objectives or learning outcomes for each course;
· Prerequisites, if applicable (this may be specific to the sequencing of modules);
· Faculty for each course;
· List of subject matter presented for each course;
· The flow of the class presentations for each course;
· Homework assignments and how they will be assessed; and
· Learning resources and texts.
The same course information is required for transfer hours, specialty programs, and distance learning courses. We want to see where they come in the flow of the educational process.
Based on their unique presentation, schools will require different information in an application form. The IAYT Training Requirements include completion of a foundational yoga program of at least 200 hours, one year of teaching, and one year of personal practice. The student application should include documentation of these three requirements. It is advisable to have students include a copy of their teacher training certificate with their application.
You may also choose to require references and conduct personal interviews.
Enrollment Forms See Policy #12 in the Policy and Procedure Manual
An enrollment form is a legal document/contract, signed by the student and an authorized representative from the school that protects both the student and the school. It details, among other things, the program, tuition and fees, payment schedule, and refund policy. A school offering a yoga therapy program must have an enrollment form for students containing, at a minimum, the following:
· School name and contact information;
· Program name;
· Time period covered by the agreement;
· Disclosure of all tuition, fees, books and supply costs, and any other additional expenses;
· Disclosure statement of finance charges, if applicable;
· Schedule of payments;
· Refund policy;
· Legal signature of the student, including the date signed; and
· Legal signature of the school representative, including the date signed.
The enrollment form and payment schedule may be separate documents. Both must be submitted with your application.
Some state vocational school laws will have required components for enrollment forms and refund policies. You may choose to visit your state’s vocational school law website to learn the requirements within your state. Although IAYT does not require your program to be registered with the state, using its well-designed materials is worth considering.
Code of Conduct See Policy #10 in the Policy and Procedure Manual
A school offering a yoga therapy program must have a code of conduct or similar policy statement that defines acceptable action and behavior on the part of board members, staff, faculty, students, and anyone else who may be involved in the operations and activities of the school and the program.
There are many types of code of conduct statements. Please submit your statement, which, according to Policy #10 in the Policy and Procedures Manual, is to be based on what ”defines acceptable action and behavior on the part of board members, staff, faculty, students, and anyone else who may be involved in the operations and activities of the school and the program.” As a yoga-based program, you are encouraged to use the foundation of yama and niyama in your code of conduct statement.
Student Informational Materials, including catalog, student handbook, and/or other relevant materials See Policy #13 in the Policy and Procedure Manual.
A school offering a yoga therapy program must provide to applicants and students a catalog, student handbook, and/or other materials that contain the information required under the IAYT Policy on Student Information. Note that this information can be provided electronically or on the school’s website. If the Student Information Materials are provided to students electronically, please upload the materials in PDF format as part of your application.
The goal of a business, and providing yoga therapy is a business, is to model, even within the training program, good business practices. The key is transparency. Documenting school policies and pertinent information in writing clarifies the expectations and obligations on the part of both the administration and the student. It is a way of fostering trust and decreasing the likelihood of misunderstandings. It clarifies and documents basic guidelines for the classroom.
You are required to have the following components in your handbook:
· Admissions requirements and procedures;
· Transfer credit and advanced standing policies, including the criteria for accepting transfer
· Tuition, fees, and refund policies;
· Opportunities and requirements for financial aid, if applicable;
· Academic performance requirements;
· Rules for student conduct;
· Student disciplinary procedures;
· Student grievance procedures;
· Grading and attendance policies;
· Program completion requirements;
· Members of the administration, including their positions;
· Professional education and qualifications of full- and part-time faculty;
· Members of the governing board, if applicable;
· Non-discrimination policy – See Policy #11 in the Policy and Procedure Manual;
· Academic calendar;
· Program sequence or outline;
· Description of each major component of the yoga therapy program;
· Description of the learning and other physical resources; and
· Leave of absence policy, if applicable.
Other information you may want to consider include the following:
· Faculty bios;
· Basic school information (e.g., location, services);
· Safety policy (e.g., nut-free, no smoking, no alcohol, no drugs, no guns);
· Placement policy;
· Transferability of your courses;
· School’s policy on transferring from other schools;
· Credit for previous training; and
· Postponement of classes.
Some state vocational school laws will have required components for grievance policies, refund policies and other school hand book forms. You may choose to visit your state’s vocational school law website to learn the requirements within your state. Although IAYT does not require your program to be registered with the state, using its well-designed materials is worth considering.
A transcript is the documentation of completed course work and the grade/assessment for each course in list format.
A certificate should be signed by the Program Director and the Senior Teacher. If these positions are held by the same person, then only one signature is suggested. A certificate could include other information, such as the following:
· Hours in the program;
· Signature of teacher(s) other than the Senior Teacher;
· Congratulatory statement (optional).
Advertising See Policy #15 in the Policy and Procedure Manual
IAYT requires all advertisements and other promotional materials to be truthful and accurate and not include any misleading statements. IAYT may request samples of advertising/promotional materials at any time.
Different interpretations of language used in school/program advertising and informational materials is a frequent issue students and schools/programs. Therefore, clarity in advertising language is essential. We will compare the language and the syllabi to ensure there is continuity in language in the school’s/program’s presentation to students.
For the purpose of the application, we will also review the school/program website information and its social media sites.
Sample Supporting Documents for IAYT Accreditation Application