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POHI/Conductor Teacher Training at Aquinas College

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In 2001, Aquinas College (AQ) launched the first and only conductive education teacher training program in North America offering internationally recognized conductive education teacher certification concurrent with nationally accredited and Michigan Department of Education recognized special education teacher preparation. 

This program remains the only program in North America approved by the Semmelweis University András Petö Faculty in Budapest Hungary to prepare conductor- teachers. Candidates in this program accrue over 2,000 hours of hands-on experience at the Conductive Learning Center of North America (CLC) laboratory school. Graduates from this program are in high demand in the United States and internationally. 

Three program options are available: 

Michigan Teacher Certification Option 

Candidates interested in earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with teacher certification in special education, focused on Physically and Otherwise Health-Impaired (POHI) students, can pursue a 63 credit major in Elementary Education along with the 59 credit POHI major. Candidates in this five-year program complete over 2,500 hours of clinical fieldwork beginning in their first semester at AQ. 

International and Out-of-State Candidate Option 

Candidates from abroad or from out-of-state who are not interested in Michigan teacher certification may choose to complete a Bachelor of Arts program with the 59 credit POHI major. Candidates in this program qualify for international conductor certification from the Semmelweis University András Petö Faculty.

Degree-holding Candidate Option 

Candidates who already hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, may complete just the 59 credit POHI major leading toward international conductor certification from the Semmelweis University András Petö Faculty. 

Admission Requirements

Prior to full admission into this program, candidates must successfully complete course work in anatomy and physiology, hold a minimum college-level 3.0 grade point average, and complete a 40 hour observation/experience at the Conductive Learning Center of North America or an approved alternate site.

Career Paths for POHI/Conductor Teachers Conductive education is a growing field in the profession in the United States and throughout the world. A holistic approach to learning, conductive education addresses all aspects of an individual with motor disorders: motor, social, and cognitive development. Trained POHI/conductor teachers may work in a traditional school setting or with a specialized services program. Embracing an integrated program of educational and rehabilitative services, POHI/Conductor teachers work closely with other medical and educational professionals to ensure continuity of programming that will lead to self-confidence and functional independence. 

View the Physically and Otherwise Health Impaired Education Major

Contact Us

For more information, contact Aquinas College Admissions or reach out to the staff at the Conductive Learning Center of North America. An exciting and fulfilling future awaits! 

Andrea Benyovsky
POHI Program Director, AQ Liaison to the CLC

Lindsey Hansen
AQ Admissions or (616) 632-2878

Elizabeth Filkins
CLC Senior Conductor-Teacher, Assistant Program Director or (616) 575-0575