CMT-M Standards

Teacher Training
Competency Area
Examples Minimum Contact Hours
Required Contact (Classroom) Hours
Mindfulness Studies Overview of the mindfulness field
History of mindfulness
Science of Mindfulness
Secularization of mindfulness
Complementary practices (eg. cultivation of positive emotions, relational mindfulness, inquiry, working with trauma etc.)
Personal Practice Maturation and Development Ongoing mindfulness practice in group setting with instruction and community support
Personal exploration work of relevant issues to mindfulness facilitators such as presence and embodiment, cultivation of confidence
Teaching Methodology, Training and Supervision Extensive Supervision, feedback and mentor interaction (including throrough review and assessment of in-class teaching experiences)
Community building practices
Feedback and peer support for facilitation practice
Group facilitation skills
Working with conflict in groups
Working with individuals
Contemporary Mindfulness Applications Exploration of practical applications of mindfulness in any of the following areas or related others:
Education and youth
Workplace/business settings
Psychology/Clinical Applications
Cultural Competency Diversity issues in the mindfulness field
Working with diverse populations, cross-cultural issues
Professional Ethics for Teachers
Accessibility of language, and presentation, removing barriers
Professional Development Bringing mindfulness into institutions
Financial issues in mindfulness facilitation as a career path
Creating livelihood
Required Non-Contact (Non-Classroom) Hours
Practicum / Field Work This component requires students to actively facilitate mindfulness in their work or volunteer setting 60
Recommended Additional Non-Contact (Non-Classroom) Hours
Personal Practice Maturation and Development Personal daily practice
5-day or longer mindfulness meditation retreat with a qualified instructor
Attendance in related mindfulness classes
Study Related reading, writing and academic work connected to the program 100
Other Required Components
Requirement Criteria
Prerequisites for Program-entry Accepted students should have:
A minimum 4 years of regular mindfulness meditation practice
Attended at least 2 mindfulness meditation retreats of a minimum of 5 days with a qualified instructor.
Attended a mindfulness course like Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) or equivalent.
Supervising Teachers Supervising teachers must have a minimum of 10 years of advanced mindfulness experience and personal practice, and 5 years of teaching experience as evidenced by verifiable personal statement on application.
Supervising teachers must be an IMTA CMT-P or above credential holder.
Observation and Feedback Mechanisms Students teaching skills should be observed live or on video for at least 2×30 minutes and provided feedback in written and verbal form a minimum of two times. (Mid-program and final)
Personal Interaction between student and supervising teacher Opportunities for personal contact between students and supervising teachers must be available in the form of individual or group teaching or mentoring sessions as demonstrated by program curricula.