Join like minded individuals who value the creative potential of children. Learn to awaken the inner faculties necessary to practice Waldorf Education. Through this program, you can actively pursue a career as a Waldorf Teacher under the tutelage of master teachers at Rudolf Steiner College. Here you will learn an approach to teaching that is at the cutting edge of education, and will join a community of students and teachers who pursue new and meaningful ways of guiding young people to learn mathematics, language arts, science, geography, music, handcrafts, art, drama, and much more.
During the instruction portion of the course, you will learn to grasp child development and the nature of the human being necessary to the task of teaching. You will be introduced to the methods and curriculum of each subject in such a way that engages head, heart and hands at all levels. Each Waldorf teacher is trained to differentiate modalities and styles of learning in their students, as well as to create environments wherein academic, artistic, and experiential learning can take place. During your practice teaching you will apprentice with experienced Waldorf teachers and share in the subtleties of their craft. You will transform yourself through artistic endeavor and learn the practice of self-development through our classes in inner work.
If you are interested in Early Childhood Education, you will learn to become a teacher who develops the magical learning environment of a Waldorf kindergarten or preschool, an environment that, through protecting children’s right to imaginative play, forms the foundation for later academic excellence. If you feel more drawn to the elementary years (grades 1-8), our program will not only give you the skills necessary to meet the developmental and academic needs of children in all eight grades, but also the understanding to grasp and manage the great transitions that take place throughout this time. When you graduate, you will be enabled to join one of the 1000+ Waldorf schools worldwide. Waldorf trained teachers are in high demand, and there are more positions open each year than there are graduates.
Elementary Grades Concentration
B.A. or B.S from an accredited college or university
Current, passing CBEST Scores (must be completed prior to entry into the second year) → Not required for those wishing to take the Foundation Program only
Early Childhood Concentration
An A.A. / A.S. degree, or 60 credits from an accredited college or university
This is a two-year, full-time residential program that follows a nine-month, 30-week schedule from September through May. Classes take place Monday through Thursday from 8:15 AM till 3:20 PM. Additionally, elective classes are offered in evening and weekend sessions.
This program begins September 3, 2013
Year One - Foundation Program
1. Foundations in Anthroposophy: The Nature of the Human Being • Human Development • The Evolution of Consciousness • Rudolf Steiner’s Life and Work • Personal Biography and Life Cycles • Visual and Performing Arts • Nature Study • Cosmology
2. Introduction to Waldorf Education: The Theory and Practice of Waldorf Education • Waldorf Curriculum and Methods • Child Development and Observation
3. Other areas of study: The Arts • Threefold Social Sustainability • American Studies
Year Two - Teacher Education, Curriculum, Pedagogy and Field Experience
1. The Philosophical Foundations of Waldorf Education: • Knowledge of the Human Being • Inner Development of the Teacher • School, Community and the Individual • The mindfulness practice of Waldorf methodology
2. The Artistic Approach in the Practice of Teaching includes the following: • The Time Arts (speech, drama, music, movement) • The Visual Arts (painting, drawing, clay, etc.)
3. Curriculum Work • Development, Differentiation and Delivery • Waldorf Pedagogy
4. Field Experience: Apprentice in the classroom with Master Waldorf teachers and share in the subtleties of their craft (8 weeks total, 4 weeks in both the first and second semesters)
· Early Childhood courses will include: Storytelling, singing, circle and craft activities; fundamentals of establishing kindergartens, preschools, parent-child and child care programs; working with licensing agencies and the community at large; and much, much more!
· Elementary (grades 1-8) courses will include: The fundamentals of teaching reading, writing, arithmetic, phonics, whole language, and composition techniques; the early years, the golden years and the middle school years; methodologies for teaching Science, Geography, Language Arts, History, and Mathematics; and much, much more!
Successful completion of this program culminates in a Waldorf Teaching Diploma. An M.A. option is available*.
How to Apply
Astrid Schmitt-Stegmann, MA, directs the Summer Foundation Courses, the Summer Teacher Training Program for the grades, and the residential Waldorf Teacher Training Program for the grades at Rudolf Steiner College. Recognized internationally as a leading Waldorf educator, she lectures and mentors teachers in Waldorf schools in the United States as well as in Germany, Russia, Thailand, and the Philippines.
Lauren R. Hickman, MA, directs the Waldorf Teacher Education Program for Early Childhood, and she is the Early Childhood Department Chair. Lauren is a passionate advocate for young children and their families. She holds a M.A. in Education from Touro University, an Early Childhood Teaching Diploma from Rudolf Steiner College, a B.A. in International Relations from U.C. Davis and an A.A .in Chemistry from American River College. An alumna of the Sacramento Waldorf School, she has been a Waldorf Educator for over nineteen years, as a Parent-Infant, Parent-Child, Nursery and Kindergarten Teacher. She is a former Waldorf school administrator and has served on several non-profit boards. Lauren is an early childhood mentor and a Licensed Preschool Director. One of Lauren's particular interests is bringing Waldorf education into everyday life, by teaching parenting classes to homeless mothers, working with at risk families and by bringing festivals, puppetry and storytelling to the greater community.
*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.