Many young people today are urgently seeking to make sense of a turbulent world and to find meaningful direction to their future. High School teachers can make a critical difference in individual lives and in society as a whole as they help students to discover their gifts and realize their often enormous potentials. The Waldorf high school curriculum is arts-integrated, rigorous, broad, and practical. It brings to adolescents the gift of world-wide perspectives and also gives them the opportunity to develop capacities they will need to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
gives students appreciation for past cultural and individual contributions, encourages them to grapple with issues of the day;
helps them to develop clear, flexible thinking, compassion for others, and a will to work;
provides an integration of practical experience, academics and the arts;
stimulates wonder and imagination;
helps students to develop and balance physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual capacities; and,
strengthens a sense of community and responsibility for the earth and society.
B.A. or B.S from an accredited college or university.
Current, passing CBEST Scores. These must be completed prior to entry into the second year. (Those with an M.A. or Ph.D., or with passing GRE or CSET scores, are exempt).
A strong background in one's specific subject area.
Foundation Studies: This prerequisite is designed to be taken concurrently through the Summer Foundation Courses, which is Segment One of the High School Program. In some cases, equivalency will be granted for foundation coursework done at another institution. This requires an assessment, transcripts, and documentation of equivalency. Please contact Admissions for more information.
This is a three-year, part-time program that consists of three intensive summer sessions at our Fair Oaks, CA campus with four segments each summer. Additionally, there is online coursework, independent research, observations, mentoring, and field service during the fall and spring of the first and second year. The program ends at the culmination of the third summer. Summer sessions are 4.5 weeks long, with classes from 8 AM until as late as 9 PM, Monday through Friday and some weekends. For those who have already completed the Summer Foundation Courses, the High School program summer session is only three-weeks long.
The next session begins with the Summer Foundation Courses (included in the 4.5 weeks) on June 20, 2013, or with the curriculum weeks on June 30, 2013 (Sunday evening).
There are four segments each year as follows:
Segment One: Foundation courses - 1.5 weeks
Segment Two: Curriculum Courses - 2 weeks
Segment Three: Adolescent Development - 1 week
Fall & Spring Semesters, Year 1 and 2:
Segment Four: Research, Observation, Mentoring, and Field Experience
Summer sessions include subject specialty areas such as physics, chemistry, life science, mathematics, history, literature, Spanish language, and arts taught by master teachers.
Arts include courses such as singing, speech, drama, painting, drawing, eurythmy, sculpture, form drawing, bookbinding, woodcarving, experiential education, crafts, mathematical models, and spatial dynamics.
For Summer 2013 course descriptions and schedules, please see the Summer High School Teacher Training Program:
Successful completion of our Summer Teacher Training Programs culminates in a Waldorf Teaching Diploma, with concentration in Secondary High School education. An M.A. option is available*.
Learn more about auditor options for the Waldorf High School Teacher Training Program .
Betty Staley, MA, directs the Waldorf High School Teacher Training Program. A Waldorf educator for over thirty years at the kindergarten, elementary, high school and teacher training levels, she is a founder of the Sacramento Waldorf High School where she taught history and literature for nineteen years. She is an international lecturer and consultant, and is one of the founders of Rudolf Steiner College. Betty has also authored six books, including, Between Form and Freedom: A Practical Guide to the Teenage Years; Hear the Voice of the Griot!: A Guide to the History, Geography and Culture of Africa; Tapestries: Weaving Life's Journey; and, Adolescence: The Sacred Passage, Inspired by the Legend of Parzival.
*M.A. in Waldorf Education: The Master of Arts in Education with a Concentration in Waldorf Education from Rudolf Steiner College has been reviewed and found acceptable by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), by which Rudolf Steiner College was awarded Candidacy for Accreditation as of 3/08/12. RSC has institutional approval. For further information, please visit www.steinercollege.edu and click on Admissions, College Catalogue. See section four of the Catalogue for requirements and course descriptions. If you would like one of our faculty or staff to contact you about our MA options, please e-mail email@example.com.