Teacher Training Program

"Through study we cannot become teachers.  We cannot drill others into being teachers, because each one of us is already a teacher. Every human being is a teacher but he is sleeping and must be awakened, and art is the awakener.  Nevertheless he will still be a good teacher because it does not depend on the giving out of knowledge but on activating the individuality of the soul upon the pre-earthly existence.  Then it is really the child who educates himself through us. And that is the truth. In reality we do not educate at all. We only disturb the process of education when we intervene too energetically.  We only educate when we behave in such a way that through our own behavior the child can educate himself. "  - Rudolf Steiner

In the heart of a Waldorf teacher lives the commitment to help each student reach his or her highest potential.  Waldorf teacher preparation gives you a deep understanding of the whole human being as it unfolds through the critical phases of toddler, child and teenager - so that you can guide students on their life journey.  Equally important is the Waldorf teacher's commitment to ongoing self-development.  Waldorf teacher preparation stretches you in all directions - socially, intellectually, physically and artistically - to push you beyond your comfort zones and help you develop the capacities to inspire your students.

The Sound Circle Center Waldorf Teacher Training Program consists of:

  • Three academic years of part-time coursework (Foundation Sudies, Teacher Training A and Teacher Training B)
  • Two summer intensives of two weeks each
  • 12 weeks of required practicum teaching in a Waldorf school (6 weeks in each of the two years of training)

The prerequisite for entering the Sound Circle Center Waldorf Teacher Training Program is successful completion of Foundation Studies.

There are weekly assignments in various classes that serve as preparation and/or practice related to the subject of the particular class.

  • There are 30 weekends of classes on Fridays and Saturdays, September through May.  Friday classes are typically from 4:00pm- 8:30pm and Saturdays from 8:00am - 3:15pm.
  • Two-week summer intensives (typically scheduled in late June and early July, and run from 8am until 5:30pm). 
  • A practicum in the classroom is an essential part of the training: six weeks in each year, full days (7:45am - 3:30pm), at a Waldorf School.
  • Tuition is approximately $7700 for each year of Teacher Training and is subject to change.

There is room in our program for students who have taken the equivalent course work covered in our Foundation Studies from other teacher training institutes. A copy of your transcript must accompany your application. For further information, please contact information@soundcircle.org. Please note: Courses/classes/workshops taken online are not transferrable into the Teacher Training Program.

To apply, please submit your application online. Please mail your completed application, the $125.00 application fee, and applicable transcripts to: Sound Circle Center, PO Box 15279, Seattle, WA 98115. Priority applications are due April 27, 2017.  Applications are accepted after that on a space-available basis.

"What is important is that teachers become capable in the presence of each child and in each moment to newly form and reform the educational task. For the true teacher, pedagogy must be something living, something new at each moment….We could even say that the best pedagogy–stated radically–is one that the teacher continually forgets and that is continually reignited each time the teacher is in the presence of the children and sees in the them living powers of developing human nature."

— Rudolf Steiner, The Spirit of the Waldorf School

CURRICULUM

Foundation Studies

Please see information about the Foundation Studies Year on the Foundation Studies page.

Teacher Training A

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

Teacher Training Program Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Sound Circle located?
Sound Circle Center are held at the Seattle Waldorf School in the Meadowbrook neighborhood of North Seattle.

Are there any prerequisites for admission into Teacher Training?

The prerequisites into the Teacher Training Program are:

  • Successful completion of Foundation Studies  
  • In-person interview with the Pedagogical Coordinator
  • Bachelors degree or equivalent 

What if I took Foundation Studies at a different teacher training institute? Will my credits transfer to Sound Circle?
In most cases, yes; however, a copy of your transcript must be submitted with your application for us to make a proper determination. We do not, however, accept credit from online courses.

Do I have to take Teacher Training A first, then Teacher Training B?
No, you can enter the program either year. You must, however, complete both Teacher Training A and B in order to receive a Waldorf Teacher Training Certificate.

If I am commuting from far away, is there somewhere for me to stay on Friday nights?
Over the years, we have had students commute regularly from Port Townsend, Olympia, Bellingham, Whidbey Island and Bainbridge Island. They have found regular places to stay in the SCC community.

Does Sound Circle offer any distance learning/online classes?

No.  Waldorf education is a holistic approach to educating a child's head, heart and hands.  In this pedagogy, the will to learn, the feeling life in relationship to self and others, the living process of thinking are engaged.  In order to train a teacher to teach a child, the student teacher must engage deeply with the peer students and teachers in study and artistic processes. This learning environment meets the skills required to work work with children in the classroom.  As this learning environment is not met in an online setting, Sound Circle Center does not offer an online Foundation Studies or Teacher Training Program.

What sources would you suggest for me to learn more about Waldorf education?
We recommend Why Waldorf Works, a comprehensive site about Waldorf Education sponsored by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).

Is there a demand for certified Waldorf Teachers?
Absolutely! Waldorf education is the fastest growing independent educational movement in the world. Waldorf Today is a great resource for current job postings.

What is the tuition for Teacher Training?
The cost of tuition for the 2017-2018 Teacher Training Program is $7,700.00. Payment plans are available. Tuition is subject to change without notice.

Is there Tuition Assistance available for Teacher Training?
If funds are available and a student meets the needs-bassed eligibility requirements, Tuition Assistance, in the form of Sound Circle Center scholarships and AWSNA loans and grants - is available for both the second and third year of the Teacher Training Program.  

What are the dates of the 2017-2018 Teacher Training?
Classes begin in September and continue through May. Students meet on Fridays from 4:00pm-8:30pm and Saturdays from 8:00am-3:15pm. To give you an idea of a typical schedule, dates for 2016-2017 can be found in the links below:

Friday Schedule

Saturday Schedule

Who do I contact if I have questions about Teacher Training?

Your questions are welcome anytime at information@soundcircle.org.  SCC hosts Information Sessions throughout the year.  Please sign-up for our mailing list to receive the latest information.