Frequently Asked Questions
Many students have questions regarding the teacher training certificate course, ranging from what the requirements are to how the logistics of weekend courses might be handled, and on to what a graduate can expect to be able to do after having completed Waldorf teacher training. The most common issues are assembled below. We are also happy to answer your specific questions.
What will I get by taking this program?
A certificate in Waldorf Education. In the process of completing the training, students work on their self-development and self-knowledge; they also gain a thorough understanding of Waldorf Education.
How do I know it is a good Waldorf training?
We are a full member institute of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America and of its Teacher Education Network. Membership is only granted after a thorough examination of our curriculum and practices.
Are there any prerequisites?
A high school diploma or equivalent is required. In addition, a completed application and a conversation with the Director are required.
Do you accept international students?
No. As a part-time program, we are unable to sponsor visas or accept international students into our teacher training. However, international students are able to participate in our public summer enrichment courses.
When can I join the training?
The school year begins each September, which is the only time we are able to admit new training students. Transfer students may be able to join us once the program has started, at the discretion of the Director.
Do I already need to know whether I want to teach kindergarten, elementary or high school?
No. You can decide this during the second or third year of the training.
Can I take the training even if I am not sure I can/want to become a teacher?
How much is tuition?
Full tuition for students starting the program during the 2023-2024 school year is $9600 per year of the three-year program, and payment is broken down into 12 monthly installments. Full tuition for students starting the Foundation Studies program in 2023 is $2500, and payment is broken down into 4 monthly installments.
Is there financial aid?
Yes, various payment plans and limited tuition assistance are available. The Financial Aid application will be provided upon the completion of the applicant’s New Student Enrollment application and in-person interview with the Director.
Is there a deadline to apply for the training?
There is not a deadline to apply per say; however, we are only able to accommodate 30 students per class. If we surpass that number in applicants, we may then initiate a waitlist. We highly recommend that you begin the application process as early as possible in order to reserve your space, and especially if you intend on applying for financial aid.
I live too far away to drive home after class on Friday night and get back in time on Saturday morning. Is there an overnight possibility in El Sobrante?
Yes, our training students are welcome to stay overnight on campus.
Are the credits that I will earn at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training transferable towards a bachelor’s degree?
In general, no; however, we do have an agreement with the Union Institute of California which allows students to transfer up to 32 credits.
Do I need anything beside the Certificate in Waldorf Education to teach in a Waldorf school?
A Bachelor of Arts is an asset when applying for a Waldorf teaching position. High school teaching requires specialized knowledge, and a baccalaureate major or an advanced degree can be proof of this. Some states require state teaching credentials. Some states require early childhood credentials for kindergarten work.
Is the Certificate in Waldorf Education recognized outside of the Waldorf schools?
Will I get a job once I have completed the training?
The training is not a guarantee; however, there is a shortage of trained Waldorf teachers, and the teacher training is required for most positions in most Waldorf schools.
Is there a demand for trained teachers?
Yes, very much so!
What is the age range of the students?
21-61. Average is late 30’s, early 40’s. The minimum age is 21.
What sorts of previous professions do students have?
All sorts, including: carpenter, photographer, secretary, school teacher, computer programmer, physician, homemaker, editor, chemist, musician, child care provider, artist, ballet dancer, fire fighter.
Can you recommend any introductory reading?
On Waldorf Education
Unesco Catalogue of Waldorf Education
The Recovery of Man in Childhood by Cecil Harwood
Creativity in Education: the Waldorf Approach by René Querido
Rudolf Steiner Education by Francis Edmunds
You Are Your Child’s First Teacher by Rahima Baldwin
Waldorf Education by Clouder and Rawson
Rhythms of Learning: What Waldorf Education Offers Children, Parents and Teachers — Selected Lectures by Rudolf Steiner, edited by Roberto Trostli
Knowledge of Higher Worlds and its Attainment by Rudolf Steiner