Professional Development for Waldorf Early Childhood Teachers
New cycle begins Summer 2018 (call for details)
Our two-year, part-time certificate program in early childhood teacher education covers the essentials of Waldorf early childhood from birth to seven years. It prepares currently practising teachers and assistants for the challenges of working in a Waldorf kindergarten, nursery, playgroup, parent and child, or home-care setting. Each year is made up of a three-week intensive session in the summer, together with a one-week session each fall and spring.
Course of Study
• Anthroposophical understanding of the development of the human being from birth to adulthood, based on the research of Rudolf Steiner and other contemporary sources
• Essentials of Waldorf Early Childhood Education as outlined by the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN) from birth to seven years
• Emphasis on the developmental needs of the child from pre-birth to three, the nursery child, and the kindergarten-age child, including remedial needs
• Development of the inner life of the teacher through biography work, artistic activities, singing, movement, and meditative practice
• Creating a nurturing environment for the child’s life forces to offset the impact of the modern milieu in such areas as nutrition, life style, and media exposure
• Domestic, artistic, and practical activities in the classroom
• Festivals and the cycle of the year
• Building a strong community life, working with parents and colleagues
• Classroom management and creative discipline
• Guided independent study: child observation, assigned reading, and individual research
Mentoring and Evaluation
Each student will have an experienced teacher as a mentor. The mentor will be available for six phone sessions, one a month, plus one in-person meeting per term. In addition, a yearly mentor/evaluation visit at the school where the student teaches will provide consultation and support. Where observation at the student’s school is not possible, other teaching practice needs to be arranged by the student.
June 17 - July 6, 2018
October 20 - November 2, 2018
March 10 - 15, 2019
Prerequisites for Admission
• Currently a practising teacher in a Waldorf early childhood setting (letter cfrom employer required)
• Foundations in Anthroposophy Certificate course
• Completion of the preparatory reading list
On completion of all course requirements, Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto will issue a Certificate of Course Completion in Waldorf Early Childhood Education. This course has been recognized by WECAN as fulfilling the expectations for Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Education.
1. Click here for an online application form. Complete the form and submit it with online payment of $100 CDN.
2. Once your application has been received, we will contact you to schedule an interview
3. Upon acceptance student teachers must obtain a police clearance letter from their local police department and a student visa (if coming from a foreign country).
Applications are due by the end of April. (Applications received after this date may be considered if places are still available.)
For more information and to discuss individual circumstances please contact the director
Jan Patterson, Director of Early Childhood Teacher Education, completed her Foundation Studies at Emerson College and her early childhood training with Margret Meyerkort at Wynstones, England. She has taught for over 17 years in England, the USA, and Canada. She has served on the WECAN Board and is an active mentor and consultant in Waldorf schools in Ontario. She is also a co-director of the full-time teacher education program at the Rudolf Steiner Centre.
Mentors: Ilse Black,Tammy Caldwell, Beth Currie, Natashia Hanna, Sue Martin, Carol Nasr, Jan Patterson and others. Each student is assigned one of these trained and experenced mentors to support them through this two year program.
Anna Gruda Painting, drawing
Fiona Hughes MD Anthroposophical medical perspective
Mary Mitchell Singing, lyre
Warren Lee Cohen Breadbaking
Carol Nasr Griset Birth to three
Jonathan Snow Spatial dynamics, eurythmy
Annette Wintjes Handwork, festival crafts, puppetry
Other teachers to be confirmed
This program has been pre-screened with the Ontario Ministry of Trainings, Colleges and Universities and does not require approval under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.