The teacher certification program prepares teachers for certification in various areas of needlework for EGA, setting standards for excellence in design, technique, and knowledge of the field. Throughout the process, candidates are evaluated on their abilities to communicate information and promote creativity. Each step of the certification process will enhance the candidates’ skill in teaching embroidery and benefit their career via the development of several teachable courses.
The application includes a resume, answers to a questionnaire, examples of the technique in which they seek certification and letters of reference
Technique areas for certification are beading, canvas embroidery, contemporary embroidery, counted thread embroidery, quilt making, silk and metal thread embroidery, smocking including heirloom sewing, and surface embroidery including crewel and raised and padded embroidery.
Candidates may apply for the Susan and Judith Richardson scholarship upon completion of the Individual Correspondences Courses listed below.
- Teacher Training and Color and Design
• Completion of the EGA Individual Correspondence Course The Art of Teaching Embroidery.
• Completion of the EGA Individual Correspondence Course Design for Needlework.
Candidates may substitute 3 to 6 credit hours of college level color and design for the ICC Design for Needlework by providing a transcript or other appropriate documentation.
- Research and Writing
• Candidates prepare an annotated bibliography containing references on color, design, history of embroidery, stitches, and technique of certification.
• Time line of the history of needlework with particular attention to the candidate’s technique area, noting changes in the technique over time and regionally.
• Compose an essay of 1,000 words in response to a provided question.
• Observe and critique an embroidery course that involves a presentation of six hours or more, noting positive, neutral, and negative aspects of the presentation.
- Course Planning
• Candidates will create two classes in their chosen technique that exemplify what they have learned through Teacher Certification study. The classes may be six-hours or twelve-hours each and must be different from what was submitted for the ICC The Art of Teaching Embroidery.
- Observation in a teaching situation
• Candidate will be observed in a teaching situation in the technique of certification by a certified embroidery teacher who will provide appropriate feedback. This can be scheduled at the time of a region or national seminar if other arrangements cannot be made.
Fee: Costs associated with the three-year teacher certification program are 1) a $10 application fee, 2) $105 program fee, payable upon acceptance into the program, 3) the cost of enrollment in the two required Individual Correspondence Courses – The Art of Teaching Embroidery ($175) and Design for Needlework ($273 – $295). Certification in subsequent techniques ($100). Fees are nonrefundable. Candidates may only enroll in one EGA certification program at a time.