Hi there, I think I can share my experience with you. I am currently in a 2-year teacher training here in the UK.
Finding the course: There’re tens or hundreds of TT courses out there from one month intensive up to a few years. Many studios run their own TTs. It might be best if you be able to speak to people who have been in a TT in your city and see what they think.
I picked the studio I normally go to, because I know the teachers, the TT faculty is good, the accreditations and locations.
The length of the course: Like I mentioned above, there’re many choices out there. At first, I thought 2 years are quite long. Since there are plenty different courses out there from a month to even a few years. Now, I finished my first year and I wonder (no offense) if anyone complete their TT in a month will actually be able to teach. After a year in training, we started to teach, community classes, colleagues, friends and family. Lot of us still not ready after a year.
Now the 2 year training seems to make sense, we are still quite overwhelmed by the knowledge and information. We always say, “The more we learn, the more we don’t know.” Sometimes we might have to let go what we thought we know and “relearn” certain things. We need time to absorb, think and grow.
I just want to say, put it in consideration. It’s tempting to apply a one month intensive TT. Because it’s quicker and cheaper (or maybe you can go to an exotic country for a month). But how one can digest everything in just a month. I’m not sure.
The TT teachers and what are they looking for: In our TT, we have asana teachers, anatomy and physiology teacher and philosophy teacher. I also suggest you to go to the teacher(s) who will be the TT teacher(s). Go check out their classes/workshops. See how you feel about them and maybe you can speak to them too.
When I had my interviewed. The TT teachers were quite clear on what kinds of students they’re looking for. And they don’t encourage people who think they want to be a teacher, because they love practicing yoga; Being a yoga teacher sounds cool; They love to go to work in sportswear; They can practicing yoga in different exotic places…etc. But then different TT teachers are different.
The syllabus: I can only say mine one is very comprehensive. We might not have training every single week. But the amount of homework keeps us really busy and keep learning in-between (Working full time plus the study can be challenging). We also have to cover hours of self practice, observing and assisting.
The cost: My TT is probably one of the most expensive in town. I do have concerns financially. We already have to buy many books (some are not on the reading list, but I think they will be helpful). They also recommend certain workshops, first aid training, other membership fees…etc. It can be frustrating at times. Be prepared.
The TT changes my perspective and I learn so much. Hope you will find your path.