Being a Waldorf Teacher
Freedom to teach…Freedom to learn
“Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility—these three forces are the very nerve of education.”
The Art of Being a Waldorf Teacher
In the heart of a Waldorf teacher lives the commitment to help each student reach for his or her highest potential. Waldorf teacher preparation gives you a deep understanding of the whole human being as it unfolds through the critical phases of toddler, child, and teenager—so that you can guide students on their life journey.
Equally important is the Waldorf teacher’s commitment to ongoing self-development. Waldorf teacher preparation stretches you in all directions— socially, intellectually, physically, and artistically—to push you beyond your comfort zones and help you develop the capacities needed to inspire your students.
Waldorf teaching is, above all, an art. Waldorf teacher preparation builds the capacities needed to create lively, memorable lessons in which your students are engaged and self-motivated. Your colleagues in teacher preparation—as well as your fellow teachers in a Waldorf school—will help you continue to grow and develop.
Consider becoming a Waldorf Teacher
Waldorf is among the fastest growing educational movements in the world. North America hosts more than 250 Waldorf schools and numbers worldwide have doubled in the last decade to more than 900 schools. Consequently, there is constant demand for qualified Waldorf teachers. Today’s teacher education centers offer full-time and part-time programs. Most programs lead to a Certificate in Waldorf Education while others offer the option of earning a Master’s degree (M.S. Ed.). All programs offer an integrated curriculum that provides a sound philosophical, artistic and practical foundation for Waldorf teaching.
To learn about these programs choose any of the following links:
- Teacher education centers in the United States
- Teacher education centers in Canada and Mexico
- Teacher education centers in the UK & Europe
- Teacher enrichment institutes
Financial assistance for Waldorf teacher education is available through AWSNA's
AWSNA is pleased to be able to offer two channels of financial assistance to people training to be Waldorf teachers in our member institutes.
Applications are available and made through the institute.
1. Teacher Education Loans Program, in which funds that are borrowed from AWSNA can be forgiven if graduates of education programs teach three-quarter to full-time in AWSNA- or WECAN-affiliated Waldorf schools.
2.Currently Practicing Teacher (CPT) Matching Grants Program for people already teaching in AWSNA- or WECAN-affiliated schools as they pursue their training, in which AWSNA provides outright grants that are matched by the school at which the applicant is teaching.