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 human development and the Steiner/Waldorf pedagogy, asking the question “how does the curriculum meet the child’s innermost 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 offer a Certificate of Professional Development upon completion referencing the Australian Teacher Professional Standards.  

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 and taught at Lorien Novalis School and taught at the Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School for over 20 years.

He has been deeply involved in teacher development in NSW, Victoria and Queensland and mentoring teachers in Vietnam and India.


He has presented many Professional Development programs on Mathematics and Classroom Management. 

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.

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.

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 term dates. 

 Cost: $445 per term

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

Term dates 2023

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

Term 2 (7 weeks):
Tuesday 10th May – Tuesday 21st June

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

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


Withdrawing and refunds

Please notify us by email if you will be withdrawing from a course. 

·         If you withdraw prior to course beginning we will refund any fees paid less a $100 enrolment processing fee.

·         If you withdraw  after the first session of the course, we will refund any fees paid, less $155 administration fee.


·         If you withdraw after the second week, no refunds can be given.



Certificate of Professional Development

Subject to meeting the course requirements, you will receive  a certificate of Professional Development hours, referencing the national Australian Teacher Professional Standards.

Course requirements

  1. Each evening will be live streamed and recorded.  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. 

Our part-time courses are non-accredited and offer a Certificate of Professional Development upon completion referencing the Australian Teacher Professional Standards.

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.