RSCT student teaching during a practicum in a grade-school class at the Toronto Waldorf School. The program includes ten weeks of practice teaching.
Professional Development for Waldorf Teachers
Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto offers one of the few remaining full-time Waldorf Teacher Education programs in North America. This Professional Development for Waldorf Teachers program runs from September through May, and has been offered continuously since the early 1990s.
Components of the Full-Time Program
Typically the program consists of in-person classes that include not only the conceptual basis of Waldorf education but also provides an introduction to the many arts and crafts, from music to painting to drama, eurythmy, and handwork, that are an integral part of the Waldorf curriculum and part of a transformative experience. Another important facet of the program is the opportunity to practice presenting stories and lessons in real-life Waldorf-school classrooms with mentoring from experienced Waldorf teachers over the course of ten weeks of teaching practice.
Grade School and Early Childhood Streams
Within the full-time Professional Development for Waldorf Teachers program at RSCT, there are two streams in which teachers may specialize. The grades stream focuses on preparation for teaching in the grades, for both class teachers and special subject teachers. The early childhood stream is focused on the needs of children up to age seven, and prepares student teachers for teaching in early childhood settings such as nursery school and kindergarten.
Online Learning Backup Plan
In the spring of 2020, with the Covid lockdown in effect, it was necessary to shift the presentation part of the program to online Zoom seminars. We will be ready to do this again as necessary at any time over the course of the 2020-2021 school year, should circumstance require it. That said, our hope is that we will be able to present as much of the program as possible in the form of in-person classes.
If Borders are Closed in September
For students who are accepted into the full-time program but are unable to join us in September due to borders being closed or travel not allowed, we will provide a live stream from the in-person classes to help them follow along while they are waiting to be able to join the class in person.
Testimonials from the Class of 2020
Renate Freibergova: "There are huge awakening advantages of attending the full-time Waldorf teacher program – the depth of all courses and lectures made me to become more present on a daily basis and to be able to dive into a deep understanding of what this training can offer. It was a transformative way of becoming a conscious teacher. Experiencing the philosophy and pedagogy of Waldorf education is a healing journey through the each day consistency and rhythm. This was one of my best decision in my life. I am truly grateful for this incredibly rich teacher training at Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto."
Bronwen McCann: "The benefit [of the full-time program] was both to really focus on the ideas and to come to our own conclusions about those ideas. The combination of practical experience with close study of the principles of Waldorf education was especially valuable. It led to leaving the program with a good grasp of Waldorf teaching and the confidence to make decisions in the classroom that reflect this understanding."
Don’t Let Money Stand in Your Way
This year we will be able to offer a range of scholarships and interest-free loan arrangements to help students with the financial hurdles of taking a year off to further their development as Waldorf teachers. Talk to James Brian or Jan Patterson at RSCT to explore the possibilities of your situation.
James Brian, firstname.lastname@example.org, 905-764-7570, re: Grade School
Jan Patterson, email@example.com re: Early Childhood
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Until One is Committed
Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred…Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now. -- believed to be from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1832)
Early Childhood student teachers work together to present a marionette show.
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