Primary Rudolf Steiner Education:
the Class Teacher years 1-6

Join us for this live-streamed, part-time online course in Rudolf Steiner Education Primary Class Teacher 1-6 commencing February 2023

Over two-years, teachers and teachers-to-be, in any educational setting, will have an opportunity to develop new skills and deepen their understanding of Steiner/Waldorf education, and gain valuable resources for working with children in their primary years .  The course is also suitable for home schoolers and anyone interested in education, personal development and the arts.

Online learning and optional face-to-face intensives

We will explore human development in relation to Steiner/Waldorf pedagogy, asking the question “how does the curriculum meet the child’s innermost needs at this particular stage of development?”

The evening online classes include a presentation, with class discussion (subject to cohort size), and artistic work woven throughout the course.

The optional face-to-face intensives take place here on our campus in Warranwood Victoria and include essential classroom elements such as Morning Circle, storytelling, Bothmer gymnastics, eurythmy, games, craft, claywork, painting, music, and festivals . 

Professional development

This course will give you a certificate of professional development hours referencing the Australian Teacher Professional Standards. 

Steiner schools view favourably those candidates who have a Bachelor of Education or Masters of Teaching along with our part-time course.

Timetables 2023 - 2024

Tutors in this course

Tania Hungerford has been a teacher in Adult Education working with Anthroposophy for 25 years.  She teaches units including Sculpture, Form Drawing, the Twelve Senses, Human Development, the Four Temperaments, Professional Communication and Conflict Resolution, understanding and working with Trauma and developing inclusive teaching practices for working with Children with Individual Learning Needs. Tania has offered many Professional Development programs to Waldorf Teachers in schools around Australia and in Asia.

Tom Hungerford has taught in Steiner Schools for 25 years, principally as a Bothmer Gymnast and Physical Education Teacher but also extensively in the high school in the Hard Crafts. Most recently Tom was a Class Teacher at Sophia Mundi School in Melbourne. At the Seminar Tom teaches Anthroposphical Studies, Pedagogy, Epochs, Pedagogical Drama, Hard Crafts, Festivals, Physical Education and is also a Second Year Student Co-ordinator and Professional Experience Co-ordinator.

Terri McMillan is a teacher of 35 years experience in a Steiner School and 5 years in the State system. She co-founded the Maindample Steiner School (now Mansfield); took two classes through the Primary Class Teacher period, and has been a senior geography teacher for past 10 years. Terri co authored the Steiner Geography Curriculum for the Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework.  

Bernadette White is an experienced curative education teacher, class teacher and teacher trainer.  Bernadette has had a lifelong interest in the narrative curriculum, history, oral language and the evolution of consciousness as experienced through the literature of each age. The transformative power of story has been a mainstay of her work with her classes over many years.

Rod is the former Head of school at Tarremah Steiner School and has been involved in a number of Australian Steiner schools over the past thirty-five years as a Class Teacher and as a High School Guardian and English and Literature teacher, as well as giving talks for parents and conducting Professional Learning for teachers. He contributes to a program of talks to support teacher development brought to schools by the Pedagogical Section, Australia and participates in the National Teacher Educators’ Forum.

Practical information

Information for students

This course is conducted in English and is open to local and international students. 

Duration: 2 years part-time,  four seven-week terms per year, 2 hours per week.

Every Tuesday evening from 7.00-9.00pm.

 Cost: $445 per term for the online course.  $850 for the optional intensive.

Information: For enrolment questions, please contact Carmen in the office on +03 9876 5199 or email: c.kwong@steinerseminar.edu.au

Term dates 2023

Term 1 (7 weeks):
Tuesday 14 February – Tuesday 28  March

Term 2 (7 weeks):
Tuesday 2 May – Tuesday 13 June

Term 3 (7 weeks):
Tuesday 25 July – Tuesday 5 September

Term 4 (7 weeks):
Tuesday 10 October- Tuesday 21 November

Optional intensive:

1 – 4 September 2023

30 Aug – 2 Sept 2024

 

Certificate of Professional Development

Our part-time courses come with a certificate of Professional Development hours, subject to meeting the course requirements:

  1. Each evening will be live streamed and recorded.  We require your attendance of 80% of sessions in order to gain the acknowledgement of PD hours completed AND
  2. a simple but meaningful assessment task at the end of each term which will be based on some general questions about what you have gained from all sessions completed to date. This is a required step as part of meeting PD standards in Australia.

Register for online course

Optional intensive

Cost: $850

2023 Intensive:  1 – 4 September 2023

2024 Intensive:  30 Aug – 2 Sept 2024

Materials you will need

Teaching through the arts is a key aspect of Steiner education. Developing artistic skills and nourishing your own inner life is an important part of teacher development.

You will need to have access to or purchase some art materials. Essential items are:

  • the ‘wet on wet’ painting paper and paints such as Stockmar (or other equivalent)  which can be purchased from art supply shops or Mercurius online. You could buy one each of red, yellow and blue or if you feel expansive, there is also the set of six which contains two tones of each colour. If you have any questions about this please call our office.
  • Flat 18 mm brush for painting
  • smooth hand building clay
  • large format paper (A2)- suggest a cartridge spiral bound which becomes your portfolio. Otherwise, newsprint or cartridge loose large sheets is fine also.
  • Coloured pencils
  • Crayons in blue, red and yellow.
  • A piece of beeswax for modelling