The Subject Teacher Training program focuses on the philosophical foundations of Waldorf education, age-appropriate lessons for the grades curriculum, practical skills, and mentoring with master teachers. Also included are continuing independent study and observation in Waldorf schools during the school year. Other areas may include therapeutic applications, collegial relationships, classroom management, and parent education.
Modified Summer Foundation Courses for Subject Teacher Training (designed to be taken concurrently in the summer).
Handwork: prior experience with the various handcrafts
Spanish: fluency in Spanish
This Program takes place over the course of three years, and each year includes the following elements: A three-week, summer session at our Fair Oaks, CA campus (this includes the modified Foundation Courses for Subject Teachers, which is the first week of each summer session); a five-day session in the spring, also at our Fair Oaks campus; and supplementary coursework in-between sessions. Summer session classes are from 8:30 AM till as late as 9 PM (depending on the year and week). Spring sessions occur over a long weekend (Thursday - Tuesday), with classes from 8 AM till 8:30 PM, except the first and last day which can be shorter.
*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 program begins in late June with the modified Summer Foundation Courses and first two weeks of July with the teacher training curriculum courses, and accepts new students every summer.
Developing the Artistic Capacities of the Teacher: Eurythmy, Painting and Color, Speech, Woodworking, Clay Modeling, Form Drawing, Dark and Light Drawing, Spacial Dynamics.
Conceptual Foundations of Waldorf Education Focusing on the Subject: Inner Nature of Curriculum, Evolution of Consciousness, Physiology of the Human Being.
Curriculum, Methods and Practical Skills: Curriculum through the Grades
Foundations of Human Experience
Special Topic Forums: Therapeutic Applications, Collegial Relationships, Classroom Management, Parent Education.
Practice Teaching, Observation and Mentoring
Successful completion of this program culminates in a Waldorf Teaching Diploma for Subject Teachers.
Alecia Dodge, B.S., is the coordinator for the Handwork Program. B.S. Home Economics, University of California, Davis; Waldorf Applied Arts Certificate in Handwork, Sunbridge College; ten years professional dressmaker; 14 years handwork teacher, Waldorf School of Santa Barbara; handwork workshop leader, Waldorf Institute of Southern California; four years handwork teacher, Waldorf School of the Peninsula, C.A.; and currently a class teacher at Waldorf School of Santa Barbara.
Elena Forrer, MA, is the pedagogical coordinator for the Spanish Program. MA School of Applied Art, Spain; Graduate of Rudolf Steiner College; twenty-eight years teaching; Spanish language mentor and co-author of Senderos: Teaching Spanish in Waldorf Schools.
Ximena Bervejilo is the administrative coordinator for the Spanish Program. Spanish and German teacher from Uruguay; taught for 9 years at Marin Waldorf School; graduate of Rudolf Steiner College Foreign Language Program; accomplished musician and singer.
Patricia Dickson, M.A., is the administrator of the Waldorf Subject Teacher programs, as well as an art faculty member who teaches sculpting; M.A. summa cum laude, Art and Psychology, California State University; B.A., University of Wisconsin; 14 years vocal study, 5 years of which were at the Royal Academy of Music , London, England; certificates in arts of Ikebana, and Tea Ceremony, Japan; Goetheanum Certificate in the Visual Arts and Goetheanum Certificate in part-time studies in Anthroposophy, Dornach, Switzerland.