Curriculum

The Waldorf Teacher Training Program consists of three academic years of part-time coursework - Foundation Studies, Teacher Training A and Teacher Training B.

Foundation Studies

The first of the three years of the Waldorf Teacher Training Program is called Foundation Studies.  Foundation Studies is a creative gateway into the work of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) and the profound world-view of Anthroposophy. It is a year of discovery, self-transformation, personal growth and practical activity.  For additional information about Foundation Studies, please refer to our Foundation Studies Page.

Teacher Training A

I received a very solid training at SCC and am so impressed by the hard work and integrity of the people who make up the faculty.  Thank you! - Jenny B, Class of 2013

Teacher Training A is dedicated to the understanding of child development that forms the basis of Waldorf education. The focus will be on early childhood and elementary (grades 1-3) education. The anthroposophical picture of child development will be the foundation for exploring the “why” of Waldorf curriculum: why certain subjects are brought to the children at various stages of their development and why we bring those experiences to the children in a certain mood and manner. In having a strong sense of the developing child, we can be truly creative in working and developing Waldorf curriculum.

The Teacher Training A begins in late June with a two week-long summer intensive.

Teacher Training A includes:

  1. Immersion in the life of Early Childhood and the Primary Grades
  2. Curriculum studies
  3. Study of Rudolf Steiner’s pedagogical texts
  4. Continued development in Fine Arts and Practical Arts (eurythmy, visual arts, speech, form drawing, woodwork, handwork, Spacial Dynamics, music, storytelling, creative writing, and sculpting)
  5. Faculty meetings
  6. Continued anthroposophical inner, meditative work
  7. A biography project and presentation
  8. A six-week full-day practicum in a Waldorf classroom in the winter
  9. Presentations by faculty and guests on selected themes concerning the teacher’s work beyond the classroom: life and structure of a Waldorf school, administrative and financial issues, gender/racial bias in a multicultural society

It is of utmost importance to us that all teachers receive an understanding of the developing child in its entirety, regardless of whether the teacher later chooses to work in early childhood or grades. The choice to focus on either early childhood or the grades is made in the fall.


Teacher Training B

Teacher Training B focuses on how to work with the children, parents, and colleagues in a Waldorf school. The transformative path of a Waldorf teacher calls upon inner and outer skills.

Teacher Training B begins in late June with a two week-long summer intensive focusing on grades 4 and 5.

Teacher Training B includes:

  1. Continued study of curriculum, with a focus on early childhood or grades 6, 7 and 8
  2. A six-week practicum at a Waldorf school
  3. Continued study of Rudolf Steiner’s pedagogical texts
  4. Continued development in the Fine Arts and Practical Arts for the grades (eurythmy, visual arts, speech, form drawing, woodwork, handwork, Spacial Dynamics, music, storytelling, creative writing, sculpting, seasonal crafts, blackboard drawing, drama, classroom games and dancing)
  5. Continued development of early childhood themes
  6. Presentations by faculty and guests on selected themes concerning the teacher’s work beyond the classroom: life and structure of a Waldorf school, administrative and financial issues, gender/racial bias in a multicultural society
  7. A research project and presentation
  8. An observation in a non-Waldorf educational setting