Meeting the needs of our students today requires new tools, insights and perspectives. Yet often teachers spend so many waking hours attending to the needs of their students, there is little time left for more than the daily preparation that is absolutely necessary in the moment. Many end up asking: How can I find the inner and outer resources to continue? How can I become a better teacher, especially a Waldorf teacher?
Often the process of professional development begins with questions such as:
- What are the best strategies in working with parents?
- How can I improve my ability to communicate and work with conflict when it arises?
- How can I expand my tools in classroom management and discipline?
- What are some of the ways I can work with the differentiated learning needs of my students?
- How can the Waldorf curriculum enhance my ability to work with diversity and multiculturalism?
- How can I better prepare and develop imagination, inspiration and living thinking?
- How does my view of the world/philosophy of education inform my lesson planning and curriculum choices?
With these questions as signposts, we are pleased to offer a series of workshops to support practicing teachers. They are designed to introduce the foundations of Waldorf education found in Anthroposophy through study, group discussion and the practice of the arts. Continuity of themes will carry across the sessions. Philosophical and curricular content will often be complemented by artistic practice.
The content of these courses will supplement foundational course work in preparation for formal Waldorf teacher training at Antioch, as well as content that may lead to advance standing in the Antioch teacher education program, thus possibly reducing the number of summer semesters required in residency in New Hampshire.
Sample Weekend Schedule: Friday 4:00 – 8:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 8:30am -4:30pm
These three-day workshops are designed to accommodate practicing teachers who may only be able to take occasional professional days. Those intending to apply for the full Waldorf teacher education program at Antioch University New England (AUNE) will need to do so by the following May.
Some workshops will require 2-3 hours of reading ahead of time, others may require a short project or reflective paper afterwards.
Books: Guided Self Study and School as a Journey, both by Torin Finser
Kingdom of Childhood by Rudolf Steiner. All available from SteinerBooks.org
Other readings at the discretion of instructors.
Requirements for Completion of a Waldorf Teaching Certificate and an M.Ed.
Building Bridges participants completing Parts I and II below will earn a Waldorf certificate recognized by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America. Those seeking an M.Ed recognized by the HLC will also need to complete Part III.
Part I: Building Bridges sponsored by the Center for Anthroposophy – tuition $3,800
Upon completing Part I with CfA you may apply to Antioch University to continue either in the Certificate or also the M.Ed. track described below:
Part II: Waldorf Teacher Certification – At Antioch University with the total of 28 Credits @ $802 per credit (2019-20 rate)
- Application to Antioch Waldorf teacher education program can include application for advanced standing for 7 credits
- Acceptance to Antioch Waldorf teacher education program
- Attendance at two, three-week sessions in Wilton, NH in July (7 and 6 credits respectively, for a total of 13 credits)
- Completion of a practicum and independent study semester during the two intervening spring semesters (4 credits each course for a total of 8 credits)
Part III Completion of a M.Ed. – At Antioch University with the total of 32 Credits @ $802 per credit (2019-20 rate)
- Completion of the Waldorf Teacher Certification outlined above (28 credits)
- Write and defend a thesis (4 credits)
As of 2019 the Antioch tuition is $802 per credit plus applicable fees. Antioch University is fully accredited by HLC.
PLEASE NOTE: A minimum of 15 applications is needed in order to run the course at a particular location. We reserve the right to cancel the program, should the number of applications fall below the required minimum. In such a case all registration fees will be fully refunded.
CANCELLATIONS: An enrolled student may withdraw from the program upon written request to firstname.lastname@example.org . Such request must be received at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the program in order to receive a refund for the Registration fee (less $75 cancellation fee). No refunds can be granted if cancellation is received within 30 days of the program start-date.