Early Childhood Program

"What matters in a kindergarten is that children should have a harmonious relation to those who are in charge of them and that these people should behave quite naturally, so that the children are naturally led to imitate them." R. Steiner (from notes by Albert Steffen)

The Task of the Waldorf Early Childhood Educator

Young children before the age of seven live strongly in their surroundings, not only in the outer world, but also in the inner world of the human beings who are a part of their lives. What this requires of Waldorf Early Childhood educators is to become as worthy as possible of imitation and to develop the understanding and sensitivity needed to accompany each child in the journey of coming into the physical body, in achieving the significant developmental milestones of the first seven years, and building a strong foundation for further stages of development.

Our tasks include creating a safe, life-enhancing space in which the child can learn the joy of creative, transformative play, and a warm supportive space for their parents and families. We are building a bridge for the child between home and school.

Rudolf Steiner spoke to the teachers of the first Waldorf school about the importance of goodness, beauty and truth belonging to the first three stages of life, with the feeling that the “world is good” being the most important for the young child. In these times, it is increasingly important that the early childhood educator feels a deep trust in the goodness of life that allows the child to feel affirmed in his or her spiritual intentions and feel invited into the fullness of life on earth.

Early Childhood Waldorf Teacher Training Program

Sound Circle Center now offers two tracks in our Early Childhood Program, one for in-service teachers (those who are already working in an early childhood classroom as a lead teacher, assistant teacher or afternoon teacher) and one for pre-service teachers. Students in both tracks will attend classes together, there will be additional practicum requirements for pre-service students. Ours is a robust program which more than meets the minimum requirements of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN).

Students in both tracks will also join with the students in the SCC Grades Program for classes in Anthroposophical studies, self-development, and the arts. The SCC Early Childhood Program combines foundation studies, child and human development, the inner life of the teacher, and practical aspects of Waldorf Early Childhood education.

Program Structure:

YEAR A

  • Summer Intensive- 3 weeks on Whidbey or in Seattle.

Summer 2022 will take place on Whidbey Island June 27- July 15 (Summer 2022 will be held on Whidbey Island at the South Whidbey Community Center, 723 Camano Ave, Langley, WA 98260.

YEAR B

  • October and February Retreats (5 days each on Whidbey)

  • Regular online conferences,

  • Observations and practicum (1.5 weeks ECIS) (3 weeks for ECPS)

  • Summer Retreat (3 wks. on Whidbey and in Seattle),

YEAR C

  • October and February Retreats (5 days each on Whidbey)

  • Regular online conferences,

  • Observations and practicum (1.5 weeks ECIS) (3 weeks for ECPS)

  • COMPLETION SESSION (includes graduation)

  • Summer Retreat (3 wks. on Whidbey and in Seattle)


COVID-19 Information

In-service Option:

The EC In-service Option is for students already working as assistant teachers, afternoon teachers or lead teachers in a classroom. The program is designed for those working in a Waldorf early childhood classroom. We do work with and accept teachers who are interested and who are working in other types of early childhood classrooms as well. The program is comprised of 9 summer intensive weeks over 3 summers and in the intervening two years, two five-day seminars in October and February. This course represents more than 500 contact hours, with additional hours for interviews, orientation and conference time with mentor teachers. In addition to the course content, the In-service Option requires a minimum of three weeks of observation and practicum during the course of the training (of which at least two weeks must be in classrooms other than the student’s own classroom), and two days of mentoring per year in their own classrooms.

Cost of the Total Tuition (3 year) In-service Option is $13,600.00

The Course cost for Year A is $680.00, Year B is $6,460.00 and Year C is $6,460.00. The total course cost, over the period of 27 months, is $13,600.00 payable in various payment plans. Tuition assistance loans and grants are available through AWSNA.

The tuition covers the cost of the six summer intensive weeks and the 6 seminars, including 2 days of mentoring during each school year for a total of 4 days. The student is required to host and pay for the travel expenses of the mentor. SCC provides stipends to both in-house and outside mentors. Additional costs will include books and may include travel or housing for out-of-town students.

Pre-service Option:

The Pre-service Option is designed for students who are not yet working (for at least three days a week) in an early childhood classroom. The structure and course work is the same as for the In-service Program, with additional hours for conference time with supervising teachers and institute advisers. The main difference between the In-service and Pre-service Programs is that students enrolled in the Preservice Program are required to complete a minimum of six weeks of observation and practicum with experienced Waldorf early childhood teachers and each student will be visited at least once during the practicum by an institute approved adviser.

Cost of the Total Tuition (3 year) Pre-service Option is $14,850.

The Course cost for Year A is $742.50, Year B is $7,053.75 and Year C is $7,053.75. The total course cost, over the period of 27 months, is $14,850.00 payable in various payment plans. Tuition assistance loans and grants are available through AWSNA.

The tuition covers the cost of tuition for the 6 summer intensives and 6 seminars, stipends for practicum supervisors and the institute approved adviser visit. Additional costs include books and may include travel and housing for out-of-town students.

Program Faculty

Holly Koteen-Soule is the EC Program Director. Somer Serpe is the EC Faculty Assistant. Holly and Somer are the primary instructors for early childhood course work, although most sessions also include guest instructors for artistic work or specific areas of specialization. During the February sessions, EC students will attend some classes with SCC students and Grades Program faculty. During the Summer Intensives students will experience a rich and varied faculty, comprised of SCC adjunct faculty members and guest instructors. Please contact information@soundcirclecenter.org for more information.

Faculty

Holly Koteen-Soulé, Somer Serpe, Franny Kenny, Bonnie Freundlich, My Huynh, Nancy Blanning, Laurie Clark, Magdalena Toran, Jana Hawley, Robin Laskowski, Tommi Morgan, Liz Hall, Robyn Jones, Michael Soule, Daniel Stokes.

Now taking applications for EC 2021-2022 school year