Grades Teacher Training Program

"Through study we cannot become teachers. We cannot drill others into being teachers, because each one of us is already a teacher. Every human being is a teacher but he is sleeping and must be awakened, and art is the awakener. Nevertheless he will still be a good teacher because it does not depend on the giving out of knowledge but on activating the individuality of the soul upon the pre-earthly existence. Then it is really the child who educates himself through us. And that is the truth. In reality we do not educate at all. We only disturb the process of education when we intervene too energetically. We only educate when we behave in such a way that through our own behavior the child can educate himself. " - Rudolf Steiner

Help shape the second 100 years of Waldorf Education

In the heart of a Waldorf teacher lives the commitment to help each student reach 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 to inspire your students. The course integrates foundations studies and teacher training into one program.

SCC has developed a Grades Teacher Training program incorporating the wisdom of our 20 year history in teacher training and based on a new intensive model that is more affordable and more accessible.

Grade School Waldorf Teacher Training Program

New Cohort Starting June 26, 2022 - Langley WA campus, June 27-July 15, 2022 (In person)

Grades Teacher Training Principles

The path/course for our teacher development program is based on three principles

    1. Artistic, experiential practice is the foundation of developing the new capacities we need as adults. Education at every level is an artistic, experience-based schooling of the soul.

    2. Our development as individuals is a collaborative journey including students and faculty alike. We are all learning, growing and gaining insight together on a continuous path of development – we are never finished.

    3. The proving ground of learning is in the classroom, where we can observe, interact and practice with mentors and peers where we can make mistakes and learn from them. We become teachers by teaching! We start with experience, reflect on it and gain insight, and try again.

Program Structure

The program is completed over 27 months and includes 3 summer intensives (3 wks. each), and week-long retreats in fall and midwinter, during the intervening school years, practical classroom internships, regular online conferencing, ongoing advising and mentoring and independent study/research. This program will be integrated with our current EC program. The program looks like this:

2021-22 calendar

Monthly Friday classes (4-6 pacific time) and Saturdays (9-1 pacific time) (Online)

9/17-18, 10/8-9, 11/12-13, 12/10-11, 1/7-8, 3/11-12, 4/8-9, 5/13-14 (No distance learning class in February) (Online)

February intensive, Langley WA campus, Feb 20-24, 2022 (In person)

Summer intensive, Langley WA campus, June 27-July 15, 2022 (In person)


COVID - 19 Information

YEAR A

  • Summer Retreat (3 wks. on Whidbey and in Seattle, Summer 2022 will be held on Whidbey Island only)

  • Summer 2022 will take place on Whidbey Island June 27 - July 15 (South Whidbey Community Center - 723 Camano Ave, Langley, WA 98260)

YEAR B

  • Fall - Spring (online) and February Retreat (5 days each on Whidbey)

  • Regular online conferences,

  • Observations and practicum (6 weeks)

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

YEAR C

  • Fall - Spring (online) and February Retreats (5 days each on Whidbey)

  • Regular online conferences,

  • Observations and practicum (6 weeks)

  • COMPLETION SESSION (includes graduation)

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

Tuition

The Course cost for Year A is $962.50, Year B is $9,143.75 and Year C is $9,143.75. The total course cost, over the period of 27 months, is $19,250.00 payable in various payment plans. Tuition assistance loans and grants are available through AWSNA.

Please contact information@soundcirclecenter.org for more information.

Faculty

Tommi Morgan, Nancy Pfeiffer, Bonnie Freundlich, Daniel Stokes, Holly Koteen Soule, Robyn Jones, Michael Soule

We are a group of colleagues who have been working together in Waldorf schools and in adult education in various ways over the past 25 years.