Frequently Asked Questions
2014 Application FAQs
1. Q: How do I apply to the 2014 Teacher Certification Program?
A: Click here for application instructions. Please be sure to read all posted content on the 2014 program before applying.
2. Q: When are applications due?
A: Applications will be accepted through July 12, 2013.
3. Q: How many applicants will be accepted to the 2014 program?
A: Approximately 50 applicants will be admitted.
4. Q: What are the prerequisites to apply to the 2014 program?
A: Please review prerequisite information on the Program Overview webpage, found by clicking here.
5. Q: When and how will applicants be notified of the admission committee’s decision?
A: CCARE will notify applicants by email once a decision has been made by the admissions committee. All applicants will be notified in early September 2013.
6. Q: Is financial assistance available for the 2014 program?
A: A limited amount of financial assistance is available to reduce tuition costs for accepted trainees who require assistance in order to participate. The application form will ask you to explain the circumstances leading you to ask for financial assistance, as well as the maximum amount of tuition that you are individually able to pay.
7. Q: I requested financial assistance when applying. When will I find out the results?
A: Applicants who requested financial assistance will be notified of the amount of available funding (if any) when notified of acceptance into the 2014 program. They can then decide whether to accept the offer of admission given the amount of assistance available.
8. Q: How will I know if my complete application was received by CCARE?
A: After you submit your application and pay the application fee, you will see a payment confirmation screen. Please save or print this screen as a record that your complete application was successfully submitted. CCARE does not individually notify applicants that their application was received; however, you will be contacted promptly if any required materials are missing.
9. Q: Will applicants be interviewed? If so, how/when will I be contacted for an interview?
A: Selected applicants will be interviewed via Skype. Therefore, a Skype ID is requested on the application form.
10. Q: If I am contacted for an interview, when/how long will the interview be and what do I need to do to prepare?
A: The interview will last for 15-30 minutes. You will be asked questions based on your responses in your application or a related topic.
11. Q: I’ve been offered admission into the program. When is the deadline to reply and make the initial payment?
A: A down payment will be required within 14 days after notification is sent.
12. Q: I applied to the program and have been waitlisted. What does this mean, and when will I be contacted if there is an opening?
A: If you are waitlisted for the 2014 program, it means the class is at capacity. Every year, there are more qualified applicants than we can admit. Should additional spots become available, you will be notified within a specified time period before the start of the program.
13. Q: I’ve just missed the application deadline for the 2014 program. Can I still apply?
A: The July 12, 2013 application deadline is a hard deadline and applications will not be considered after this date.
14. Q: Who do I contact if I’m having technical difficulties submitting my application online or if I have a question about submitting my application?
A: Please submit an email request to CCTinformation@stanford.edu and put “Application Question” in the subject line. If the request is urgent (due to approaching application deadline) you may call CCARE at (650) 723-8666.
2014 Program FAQs
1. Q: What is the total program cost and when are payments due?
A: Please see the complete program costs and payment schedule, available by clicking here.
2. Q: What is the refund policy for program registration fees?
A: Trainees who have paid the initial program deposit and need to cancel their participation may receive a 50% refund of the deposit, if CCARE is notified in writing by 10/15/13. After 10/15/13, no deposit refunds will be processed for cancellations. Due to the small size of the training program and the investments made for accepted trainees, CCARE is unable to refund registration payments once the 2014 program year has begun.
3. Q: Are travel and lodging costs included in the program registration/tuition?
A: No, travel expenses, retreat lodging, and meals are not included in the program registration fees. Trainees are responsible for arranging their own travel to/from the retreats and the Stanford University summer intensive. Lodging and meals costs at the Asilomar retreat center vary depending on the individual’s housing choice, ranging from $116.73/night – $231.53/night. The costs of on-campus lodging and meals at Stanford are variable.
4. Q: What if I’m not able to attend a retreat, partially or in full?
A: Trainees are required to attend all days of the retreats and the training intensive in order to complete the program. Exceptions cannot be made.
5. Q: How do distance trainees complete the Teacher Certification Program requirements?
A: Distance trainees are required to attend the retreats and training intensive in person. The academic courses may be completed by viewing online videos of each class. Distance trainees will need access to high-speed internet to stream the videos online. Conference calls with small groups of trainees (distance and local) are scheduled each quarter with a supervising Senior Teacher.
6. Q: Can Stanford University host visas for international trainees who wish to complete the program locally?
A: No. Unfortunately Stanford University is not able to host student visas for CCARE’s part-time professional certificate program. Non-US citizens/residents are responsible for obtaining their own travel visas to attend the mandatory in-person retreats and intensive. Contact your local embassy if there are questions regarding travel visas for the US.
7. Q: I’m enrolled as a local teacher trainee. How many classes of the academic course do I have to attend? If I have to miss a class, can I watch it online?
A: Local trainees are required to attend 7 of the 8 class sessions in person in order to pass the course. One excused absence per course is permitted, and instructors must be notified about your absence beforehand. Trainees may view recordings online if they miss a class.
8. Q: What can I do if I experience a personal loss or other emergency during the program?
A: Please notify the Director of Education and your supervisor as soon as possible regarding any personal emergency that may arise. They will do their best to work with you and help you manage your participation in the program.
9. Q: How are the academic courses graded and what are the requirements?
A: Academic courses are graded on a pass/fail basis. Local trainees must attend 7 of the 8 class sessions for each course in person in order to pass. Distance trainees will view online recordings of the live course. Both local and distance trainees are required to complete assigned reading and assignments.
10. Q: What is the best way to have my questions answered and receive information during the program?
A: The Teacher Certification Program encourages self-directed learning. We encourage you to read all available FAQs and to carefully read any and all emails that your instructors send out. Please contact an instructor directly if you have questions that have not been answered in emails or FAQs.
11. Q: Is academic credit available for the Teacher Certification Program?
A: No, the program is a professional certificate program and is not officiated/recorded by the University Registrar’s Office.
12. Q: Are Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available for the Teacher Certification Program?
A: No, CEUs are not available for this program.
13. Q: If accepted into the program, do I have student status at Stanford University?
A: No. Accepted trainees are considered to be trainees enrolled in a professional certificate program that is administered by the Center for Compassion & Altruism Research & Education, a center in the Stanford University School of Medicine. Our center’s trainees do not obtain the same privileges (such as a student ID card and Stanford email) that are issued to students enrolled in a degree program at the University.
14. Q: Will trainees who complete program requirements receive a Stanford University transcript?
A: No. CCARE’s professional certificate program is not recorded by the Stanford University Registrar’s Office and academic credit is not issued.
15. Q: What have trainees who have completed the program gone on to do with their CCT Teacher Certification?
A: The Teacher Certification Program is a newly developed program. The 2014 program will be the second of two larger training cohorts. Trainees from CCARE’s first two smaller cohorts have gone on to teach the CCT course in hospital settings, universities, and corporations. It is anticipated that as the number of certified teachers increases, the contexts and locations where the CCT course is taught will expand.
16. Q: What support will CCARE provide in placing trainees in a setting for teaching?
A: Trainees in the Teacher Certification Program are screened for their access to appropriate teaching settings as one of the criteria for admission. CCARE will give general guidelines, but is not able to directly place participants in teaching settings or to provide consultation.
17. Q: After trainees are certified to teach the CCT course, can they teach the course for CCARE?
A: CCARE-administered CCT courses are taught by Senior CCT Teachers. CCARE is not able to accommodate trainee placement into a teaching setting.