Waldorf High School Teacher Education

Be the teacher your students need most!

Earn a graduate-level certificate to teach in a Waldorf High School.

For 26 years, practicing and aspiring Waldorf high school teachers have turned to our Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program (WHiSTEP) to deepen their understanding and mastery of this vocation.

Over 200 high school teachers across North America and beyond have successfully completed our program, earning their Waldorf Teacher Credentials.

This certification is recognized by ASWNA and Waldorf high schools across the globe. Participants focus on specialized subject areas, as well as techniques to help ready adolescents for life as mature adults. Our graduates teach in Waldorf schools across North America as well as in Central and South America, the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Our team of seasoned high school faculty draws upon the proven track record of Waldorf pedagogy and practices. At the same time, they adapt their courses each year to meet today’s changing societal environment and the needs of today’s teenagers.

Low-Residency and Online Format

As a part-time, graduate-level, low-residency program, WHiSTEP is held over three consecutive Julys. In addition to three summer intensives, trainees undertake two years of independent studies including a research project and internship in a Waldorf high school.

The 2022 Schedule
Week 1 (online):
Sunday 26 June – Friday 1 July
Weeks 2-4 (in person):
Sunday 3 July – Sunday 24 July
Week 5 (online):
Monday 25 July – Friday 29 July
2022 Schedule for the Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program (online)

Week 1: Sunday 26 June – Friday 1 July

  • Year I: Adolescent development & high school curriculum (with Douglas Gerwin)
  • Years II/III: First Teachers’ Course, Research Seminar (with Paul Gierlach)
  • All Years: Specialized Subject Seminars in sciences, math, humanities, fine arts
  • All Years: Artistic ateliers

Week 2: Sunday 3 July – Friday 8 July

  • Year I: Living Thinking (with Michael D’Aleo)
  • Years II: Renewal Courses (various)

Weeks 3 & 4: Saturday 9 July – Saturday 23 July

  • Year I: Living Thinking (with Michael D’Aleo)
  • Years II: First Teachers’ Course, Research Seminar (with Paul Gierlach)
  • All Years: Specialized Subject Seminars
  • All Years: Artistic ateliers

Week 5: Monday 25 July – Friday 29 July

  • Year I: Living Thinking (with Michael D’Aleo)
  • Years II: First Teachers’ Course, Research Seminar (with Paul Gierlach)
  • All Years: Specialized Subject Seminars
  • All Years: Artistic ateliers

Special Introductory Offer for Summer 2022 Only.

portrait of Douglas Gerwin

Douglas Gerwin, Ph.D.

Founder of WHiSTEP, Executive Director of CfA

Have Questions? Contact Douglas Gerwin!

Curriculum Overview

As a WHiSTEP student, you will deepen your understanding of teaching adolescents in one or more of six specialized academic subjects in the sciences, mathematics, humanities, and the arts.

As a WHiSTEP student, you will deepen your understanding of teaching adolescents in one or more of six specialized academic subjects in the sciences, mathematics, humanities, and the arts.

Choice of high school subject specializations:
  • Arts & Art History (with Patrick Stolfo)
  • English Language & Literature (with David Sloan)
  • History & Social Studies (with Paul Gierlach)
  • Life & Earth Sciences (with Michael Holdrege)
  • Mathematics (with Jamie York)
  • Physics & Chemistry (with Michael D’Aleo)
As a student, you’ll explore:
  • Fundamental ideas of the threefold social organism that underlie Waldorf education
  • Physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of the unfolding human being
  • Development of “living thinking” in yourself and in those you teach
  • Rudolf Steiner’s foundational work Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path: A Philosophy of Freedom and its practical applications to teaching in high school
  • A phenomenological approach to planning and carrying out your lessons
  • How to help each human being live more deeply into the world
portrait of Douglas Gerwin

Douglas Gerwin, Ph.D.

Founder of WHiSTEP
Executive Director of CfA

Special Introductory Offer for Summer 2022 Only.

Contact Douglas directly with questions about the program.

Credentials and Career Outlook

Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll receive a Certificate in Waldorf High School Teacher Education recognized at any Waldorf school around the world. 

Since its founding, CfA (including its high school program) has been a full member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).

With more than 150 Waldorf schools in North America—40 with their own high school—the need for qualified Waldorf high school teachers has never been greater. You can view a list of Waldorf high schools here.

Who Should Apply

  • High school teachers wishing to enrich their Waldorf preparation
  • Professionals seeking a career change
  • Practicing educators
Image of High school teacher training in a Waldorf classroom

Before you attend, you’ll need:

  • A University degree or equivalent diploma
  • Some experience working with adolescents preferred
  • Preparatory foundational studies in anthroposophy and the arts (available by signing up for CfA’s “Explorations” program here)
  • Experience in education and adolescent development

These foundational studies are prerequisite so that applicants come ready to engage in focused study pertaining specifically to the goals, challenges, and responsibilities of high school teachers.

WHiSTEP Faculty

Douglas Gerwin, WHiSTEP Program Director
Meg Chittenden (Music)
Michael D’Aleo (Physics & Chemistry)
Craig Giddens (Creative Speech)
Paul Gierlach (History & Social Studies)
Michael Holdrege (Life & Earth Sciences)
Jan Lyndes (Spacial Dynamics)
Laura Radefeld (Eurythmy)
David Sloan (English & Drama)
Patrick Stolfo (Arts & Art History)
Jamie York (Mathematics)

Program Leadership

portrait of Douglas Gerwin

Douglas Gerwin, Ph.D.

Founder of WHiSTEP, Executive Director of CfA

What our students have said...

I found myself practicing my speech after class each day with my family. My daughter does a great job with the word ‘exploration’!

I found myself practicing my speech after class… Brian Scannell, third year student in the Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program specializing in Humanities

This class and the entire program has been one of the very best experiences that I have ever had as a student, and I value it immensely.

One of the very best experiences… Wendy Braun, First year student in the Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program specializing in English and History

So many eye-openers, aha’s, and transformation I have been looking for, for a long long time.

So many eye-openers… Susan de Jongh, first year student in the Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program specializing in Physics
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