Waldorf education ...
... places the child at the centre of all educative efforts. It enquires into the gifts and potential available in each child, and tries to nurture and develop these. It tries to help the child unfold his or her full potential, to care for children in the community context in which they grow up, and to prepare them for the tasks facing them in the modern age.
Waldorf is among the fastest growing educational movements in the world. Worldwide there are more than 900 Waldorf schools. Consequently, there is constant demand for qualified Waldorf teachers.
Today’s teacher education centers offer full-time and part-time programs. Most programs lead to a Certificate in Waldorf Education while others offer the option of earning a Master’s degree (M.S. Ed.). All programs offer an integrated curriculum that provides a sound philosophical, artistic and practical foundation for Waldorf teaching.
The art of being a Waldorf teacher
In the heart of a Waldorf teacher lives the commitment to help each student reach for 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 childhood—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 needed to inspire your students.
Waldorf teaching is, above all, an art. Waldorf teacher preparation builds the capacities needed to create lively, memorable lessons in which your students are engaged and self-motivated.
What Does It Take To Become A Waldorf Teacher?
Rudolf Steiner gave four answers to this question as he prepared the original circle of 12 teachers – six women and six men – to inaugurate the first Waldorf school in Stuttgart following the end of World War I. He said:
- A Waldorf teacher is a person of initiative
- A Waldorf teacher needs to be interested in every facet of life
- A Waldorf teacher can make no compromise with untruth
- A Waldorf teacher must be fresh, never sour
Some of these qualities can only indwell; they cannot be taught, though surely they can be enhanced by a lifetime of practice. Others, however, can be educated – literally “drawn forth”.
Teacher Training Centers
The Waldorf World List contains not only addresses of all Waldorf- and Steiner Schools (1.092 in 64 countries), Waldorfkindergartens (1.857 in more than 70 countries) and Waldorf associations, but also Teacher-Training Centres for Waldorf educators and Waldorf teachers around the world.