Early Childhood

In-Service Program

This is an In-service Program designed for students already working as assistant teachers, afternoon teachers or lead teachers in a Waldorf early childhood classroom. The program is comprised of 6 summer intensive weeks and 8 long weekend (4 day, Friday through Monday) seminars. The program combines foundation studies, artistic work, child and human development, the inner life of the teacher and practical aspects of Waldorf early childhood education.


Length of Program Six summer intensive weeks in Seattle (6 x 37.5 hours = 225 hours), four long weekends on Whidbey Island in each of the two intervening school years (28.5 hours per weekend x 8 = 227 hours). This represents a total of 452 contact hours. The probable new minimum for a WECAN recognized training is 450 contact hours. Additional time for interviews, orientation, and conference time with mentors represent additional contact hours that are not included in this total.

Half Program Option Students may choose to enroll only in the first half of the program. This option will be an excellent introduction to Waldorf Early Childhood Education and will cost $5000. Students who complete the full program will receive a WECAN recognized EC Certificate.

Cost $10,000. The tuition covers the cost of the six summer intensive weeks and the 8 long weekend 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 mentor visits. Additional costs will include books and may include travel or housing for out-of-town students.

Program Director Holly Koteen-Soule is the EC In-Service Program Director and will be the primary instructor for the weekend seminars, although the weekends will feature additional instructors for artistic work and areas of specialization. Summer Intensives in Seattle will introduce students to a rich and varied faculty.

Please contact Holly Koteen-Soulé at hollyksgarden@gmail.com for more information.