The Course delivers Steiner/Waldorf Initial Teacher Education and is designed for those wishing to teach in Steiner Schools, as well those more generally interested in discovering the Philosophy and Practice behind the Pedagogy, either from the view of self-development, informed and supportive parenting, or CPD for mainstream teachers and those in the social care sector.
The main strands of the course are delivered primarily through lectures, guided study, artistic practice and independent work. They include:
- Philosophy and Anthroposophy – the focus of this strand is the self-development of the individual and generating knowledge of the background ideas which are fundamental to Steiner/Waldorf Education.
- The Teacher as Artist – through Creative Speech, Eurythmy (artistic movement), Music and the Visual Arts, these modules enable acquisition of the fundamental skills essential for teaching in a Steiner School.
- Pedagogical Principles and Practice – an integrated study including comparison with Mainstream Education, this will include Curriculum Studies and Child Development as well as themes relating to classroom practice.
- School Experience – This strand is essential for those wishing to become a Teacher, who must complete a minimum of 18 weeks classroom contact time over the Course, ranging from Observation to full Teaching Practice. This is arranged with each student on an individual basis according to their circumstances.
Successful completion of each year is required in order to graduate to the subsequent one. This includes achieving minimum grades in all relevant assessments.
Who is it for?
The lively and varied programme has wide appeal. Current and past students include:
- Prospective Class Teachers
- Parents looking for new inspiration or greater understanding of Steiner schools and Steiner education
- Those dissatisfied with their current careers
- Those keen to explore a new perspective on the human being and the world
- Teachers wanting to learn new approaches to take back to their own schools
- Those in the caring professions/those interested in working in caring professions
The course is recognised by many Steiner/Waldorf schools throughout the UK and Northern Ireland.
Deirdre Hill is a coordinator of the Foundation Course and director of the Teacher Training Course, where she gives courses in the study of Steiner’s work. She graduated with an MA in English Literature from Edinburgh University and a Diploma in Waldorf Education from the Edinburgh Teacher Training Institute. She works as an upper school English teacher at the Edinburgh Steiner School, but also has experience in the Learning Support Department and teaches Religion in the lower school. A mother of three grown up children, she is inspired by her own education at a Steiner School in England.
A graduate of Glasgow School of Art and Edinburgh Steiner Teacher Training Course, she has been a Class Teacher for the past twenty years, working with classes 1-8. She loves working with the Steiner curriculum in all its aspects, but has special interest in the Lower classes, working with festivals and the Art syllabus.
Emily Maclean holds a Master of Education (with Steiner concentration) from Antioch University (USA), Master of Arts in Museum, Archival and Editing Studies from Duquesne University (USA), Diplomas in Speech and Drama (Goetheanum, Switzerland and Trinity College, London), a Post-Graduate Diploma in Anthroposophic Therapeutic Speech and a CELTA qualification (Cambridge).
She has always been moved by the beauty of language and has taught French and Speech, primary and secondary, both in the USA and the UK for over 30 years. She currently teaches both Speech and English as an Additional Language at the Edinburgh Steiner School. She is passionate about helping people to find their voice, whether it is through the lens of another language or by developing greater confidence and having the courage to speak effectively.