Advanced Diploma in Rudolf Steiner Education

About the Advanced Diploma
in Rudolf Steiner Education

(Course code 10825NAT, CRICOS course code 107755A, RTO 3948).

For more information: 

  • Download the 2022 Course Guide here.
  • Watch the recording of our recent August Information Evening here.
  • Campus tour by appointment– come and visit the campus, meet staff and view our facilities. Tel  +03 9876 5199 or email Robin at office@steinerseminar.edu.au

This full-time two-year accredited course equips students with a comprehensive grounding in anthroposophy and in the theory and practice of Steiner Education.

It provides an essential and critical pre-requisite pathway to a university Bachelor of Education, which qualifies graduates to teach in both Steiner schools and mainstream Australian schools.  Steiner schools around Australia have an urgent need for professionally trained Steiner teachers and highly regard this qualification as the basis for employment. See our Careers/Graduate Outcomes and Pathways page for further information about becoming a Steiner Teacher.

The course also provides a rich experience for students seeking to develop themselves in accordance with their deepest nature and to find their true path in life.

In 2023 we will offer both our on-campus Advanced Diploma course in Warranwood and a new online Advanced Diploma. (Scroll below to see more details.)

Over the two years the students are involved in a broad range of studies which are theoretical, practical and artistic.  Students will study a series of foundation modules in child development, humanities, sciences, the arts and anthroposophy.  They will develop knowledge and experience in teaching by studying the Steiner curriculum and undertaking  three practical placements in Steiner schools or mainstream schools with a Steiner stream.

In a Steiner curriculum, the arts (painting, drawing and modelling, music, drama and movement) are not only stand-alone subjects, but are fully integrated across almost every area of the curriculum, for example, numeracy, literacy, geography, history etc

Course fees

For information on Course fees please go to our Fees page.

Obtaining a qualification

To obtain a qualification you successfully complete all the prescribed units of competency over the two years.  The assessment is based upon a competency model; that is, you don’t receive a mark (eg, A, B, C) for your assignments but rather a ‘satisfactory’ or ‘not yet satisfactory’ on the basis of your performance.  To successfully complete a unit of competency, you must be assessed as satisfactory for every element.

The Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar meets the requirements of the Standards for Registered Training Organisation 2015 across all its scope of registration and meets the requirements of the Standards for all AQF certification documentation it has issued in the previous 12 months.

The Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar has training and assessment strategies and practices in place that ensure that all current and prospective learners will be trained and assessed in accordance with the requirements of the Standards.

On-campus Advanced Diploma

We offer our flagship Advanced Diploma course here on-campus in Warranwood, Victoria.

  • full-time course over two years, 687 contact hours.  We recommend allowing double that time for homework, assessments and exercises
  • 14 Feb – 16 Nov 2023 and 13 Feb – 14 Nov 2024.  See On-campus Term Dates.
  • Terms average 8 weeks in length
  • attendance Tues – Thurs from 9.00 – 4.00.
  • Three mandatory professional placements in Steiner schools or Steiner-stream schools
    • 1st placement in Year 1
      • 4 days of school visits in Terms 2 & 3
      • an observation round (no teaching), 23 Oct – 3 Nov (2023).
      • 8 days minimum
      • Seminar and student choose appropriate/desired placement.
      • Seminar to organise all administration
    • 2nd placement in Year 2
      • 22 April – 10 May
      • Minimum 12 days
    • 3rd placement in Year 2
      • 19 Aug – 13 September
      • Minimum 16 days
  • Assessments will be in varied forms:  written work, role plays, performances and other topics, portfolios of art and craft, quizzes, diagrams.

New ONLINE Advanced Diploma

Preliminary information about our Online Advanced Diploma.  As this is a new course, all information is subject to updates.

In 2023 we will offer an online Advanced Diploma subject to sufficient enrolments. 

  • Full-time course over two years, 687 hours.  We recommend allowing double that time for homework, assessments and exercises.
  • 20 Feb – 17 Nov 2023, 19 Feb – 15 Nov 2024. See Online Term Dates.
  • 6 weeks per term x 8 terms, over two years.
  • The number of days per week vary depending on the course material delivered that term.  In other words, some terms we will deliver 2-3 days per week, some terms 4 days per week.   Also depending on class material, the day may vary from between 2 – 3.5 hours of content delivery.  A draft timetable will be available soon.
  • There will be two academic subjects and one artistic subject each class day.
  • Three mandatory 10-day intensives at our campus in Warranwood.  Intensives will cover vital aspects of delivering a Steiner education to students such as Bothmer gym, developing festivals, drama, music, craft, storytelling, folk dancing and artistic movement.
    • 19 – 30 June 2023
    • 29 April – 10 May 2024
    • 9 – 20 September 2024
    • If there are sufficient enrolments from Asia, we will offer intensives in a major Asian city on the following dates.
      • 18 – 27 Nov 2023
      • 23 June – 3 July 2024
      • 1 – 10 Dec 2024
  • Three mandatory professional placements in Steiner schools or Steiner-stream schools
    • 1st placement
      • an observation round (no teaching), to be completed in Term 3 or Term 4 of first study year (2023).
      • 8 days minimum
      • Student to organise placement and dates with school and Seminar.
      • Seminar to organise all administration
    • 2nd placement
      • To be completed in terms 5 or 6
      • Minimum 16 days
    • 3rd placement
      • To be completed in terms 7 or 8
      • Minimum 16 days
  • Assessments will be in varied forms:  written work, short videos of role plays, performances and other topics, portfolios of art and craft, quizzes, diagrams.
  • All sessions will be recorded.