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

Join us for this live streaming part-time online course in Rudolf Steiner Education Primary Class Teacher 1-6 starting February 2022

This two year part-time online course offers teachers in all educational settings an inspiring professional development opportunity to develop new skills and deepen their understanding of Rudolf Steiner education. It is also very suitable for anyone interested in education, personal development and the arts who loves lifelong learning – everyone is welcome.

Subjects you will study in this course:

Each term we explore key human development in relation to Steiner/Waldorf pedagogy, asking the question “how does the curriculum meet the child’s inner most needs, at this particular stage of development?”

Each evening combines a presentation, with class discussion (subject to cohort size), and artistic work. Study areas include:

Artistic work is woven throughout the course including painting, drawing, modelling, handcraft. 

Our part-time courses are non-accredited and do not lead to a qualification within the Australian Qualifications Framework but rather offer  a Certificate of Professional Development upon completion referencing the Australian Teacher Professional Standards.

Thank you to Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School for giving permission to use this photo.

Timetable 2022-2023

Tutors in this course

Tania Hungerford has been a teacher in Adult Education working with Anthroposophy for 25 years, drawing on a background in sculpture, social science, form drawing, biography work, counselling and art therapy. 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 Phys 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.  

Gregorio Noakes has been involved in Steiner Education for almost 40 years, having completed a number of Primary teacher cycles. He was trained at Lorien Novalis School where he took a primary class from 1-7 before moving to the Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School where he taught for over twenty years.

For the past five years, Gregorio has been deeply involved in teacher development in NSW, Victoria and Queensland as well as mentoring teachers in Vietnam and India.


Gregorio is passionate about deepening the understanding and study of child development in relation to Steiner curriculum as the basis for our pedagogical task. He also has presented many Professional Development programs on Mathematics and Classroom Management. At the Seminar Gregorio  is involved in a range of units including Mathematics and Geometry, Program Design/Assessment, English, Classroom Management and more.

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

Local and International students

This course is open to local and international students. You will need sufficient proficiency in English to be able to participate. 

Duration: 2 years part-time, over four terms per year.

Every Tuesday evening from 7.00-9.15 pm during school term dates. 

 Cost: $445 per term

Information: For enrolment questions, please contact Robin in the office on +03 9876 5199 or email:

Term dates 2022

Term 1 (7 weeks):
Tuesday 15th February – Tuesday 29th  March

Term 2 (7 weeks):
Tuesday 3rd May – Tuesday 14th June

Term 3 (7 weeks):
Tuesday 19th July – Tuesday 30th  August

Term 4 (7 weeks):
Tuesday 4th October- Tuesday 15th November



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 hope this will be an enlivened experience for you. We require your attendance at 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.

How to apply

Applying online is very quick and easy! Click the button below to go to our rapid registration form, to confirm your place in this course.

Materials you will need

Teaching through the arts, and teaching artistically is a key aspect of Steiner education. Developing artistic skills and nourishing your own inner life is an important part of teacher development. All our courses weave classes in clay modelling, painting, drawing, hand craft as well as artistic movement, singing and drama throughout the week.

You will need to have access to or purchase some art materials. The absolutely essential items are:

  • the ‘wet on wet’ painting paper and paints such as Stockmar (or other equivalent)  which can be purchased from some dedicated art supply shops or 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.