Waldorf Early Childhood Educator Training
1. Study of the Philosophical Foundations of Waldorf Education
Books by Rudolf Steiner
- An Outline of Esoteric Science
- Education of the Child in the Light of Anthroposophy (Included in the Child Development study)
- Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path
- The Foundations of Human Experience
- in addition Parzival by Wolfram von Eschenbach
- and Anthroposophy and Waldorf Education
2. Waldorf Early Childhood Pedagogical and Psychological Studies
- Learning and development of the young child
- Care and development of the twelve senses
- Child study
- Children’s illnesses
- Compassionate Communication
- Discipline in the early years
- Festivals of the year
- First grade readiness & the older child in the Kindergarten
- Movement and the development of the will
- Polarities: the constitution of the child
- Developmental Hindrances
- Rhythm in the life of the child
- Understanding children’s drawings
- Care of the Environment with Consciousness
- Birth to Three
- The Child in the Modern World
3. Artistic and Personal Development
- Path of inner development of the teacher
- Foundations of Meditation
- Spacial dynamics
- Water colour painting
- Biographies – Rhythms of Destiny
- Ethics in Teaching
4. Artistic, Craft and General Activities of the Waldorf Kindergarten
- Handwork, nature dyeing and crafts
- Creating an appropriate environment for the young child
- Fairytales, puppetry and doll making
- Wilma Ellersiek hand gesture games
- Music for the young child
- Painting with young children
- Parent and toddler programmes
- Rhythmical circle games
- The earth as a living environment, gardening and the elementals.
- Working with colleagues and parents
- Working with the school
- Woodwork for the young child
5. Additional Sessions
- Guest lecturers, questions and discussion,
- Student oral and artistic presentations
Mentoring and Evaluation
Each student is assigned a Supervising Mentor who is available to communicate with the student on a regular basis and assist with the arrangement of practicums and observations.
- In-service students (those working at least three days per week in a Waldorf early childhood classroom) must have a minimum of four weeks of practicum** and two days of observation during the course of their training (of which one week can be in their own classroom). They will also receive two days of mentoring per year in their own classroom.
- Pre-service students (those not working at least three days per week in a Waldorf early childhood setting) must have a minimum of two weeks of observation and six weeks of practicum** with experienced Waldorf EC teachers and will be visited during a practicum by an Institute-approved advisor at least once during their training. **Five day weeks or the equivalent are expected
Written reports are required from the Practicum Supervisor and from the student after practicum completion. The student submits reports after the observation visit as well.
All mentor, practicum, and observation reports are kept on file by both the Supervising Mentor and the Program Director.
Students are given the opportunity to complete their practicums and observations after the classroom studies are complete during the course of a third year. The Supervising Mentor continues to accompany them during this time. All assignments must be complete at the end of the two-year course work.
The West Coast Institute reserves the right to make changes to this curriculum whenever necessary.
Early Childhood Educator