Students are also taught how to manage a center for teaching the Transcendental Meditation technique, covering business topics such as networking, following up on inquiries, and appearing on radio talk shows.
by Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, IA, USA, The Review
1 February 2010
More students are planning to become teachers of the Transcendental Meditation technique thanks to some recent developments.
Becoming a teacher has long been an option in the curriculum, said Fred Travis, chair of the Department of Maharishi Vedic Science, but the teacher training course, which is offered by a separate institution, has been available sporadically.
The course is now being offered on a regular basis, making it easier for students to plan to take it as part of their degree program.
Another impetus has been the increasing demand for teachers of the Transcendental Meditation technique due to the many programs around the world in which students in schools learn to meditate. "This new wave of
interest in the Transcendental Meditation technique now offers graduates a very specific career path," Dr. Travis said.
The teacher training course is integrated into a student's degree program in a variety of ways. For undergraduate students in Maharishi Vedic Science, teacher training can be a part of the major. Students in other majors can use the course to count toward their elective credit.
Graduate students typically take their regular degree program and then take the teacher training course as an additional specialization.
Dr. Travis said that there are currently over 20 graduate students in Maharishi Vedic Science, and most are planning to become teachers of the Transcendental Meditation technique.
To that end, the graduate program in Maharishi Vedic Science has created a new version of their final project course that teaches students how to manage a center for teaching the Transcendental Meditation technique, covering business topics such as networking, following up on inquiries, and appearing on radio talk shows.
Dr. Travis said that in general, the curriculum in Maharishi Vedic Science helps contribute to the success of teachers of the Transcendental Meditation technique, such as enabling them to give advanced lectures and answer a wide range of questions.
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