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 childhood—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.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A WALDORF TEACHER?
Rudolf Steiner gave four answers to this question as he prepared the original circle of 12 teachers – six women and six men – to inaugurate the first Waldorf school in Stuttgart following the end of World War I. He said:
- A Waldorf teacher is a person of initiative
- A Waldorf teacher needs to be interested in every facet of life
- A Waldorf teacher can make no compromise with untruth
- A Waldorf teacher must be fresh, never sour
INTERESTED IN WALDORF TEACHING?
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.
If you are interested in pursuing a career as a Waldorf Teacher, more information about training and certification can be found through Antioch University, Sunbridge Institute, and locally, through Kentahten Teacher Traning.
The Waldorf School of Louisville has been delivering a Waldorf education to children of the Louisville community since 1992. We welcome serious inquiries and applications at any time. Waldorf teacher training or entry into a Waldorf Training Program is required for any lead teaching position at WSL. Join us, in our journey to bring Waldorf Education to the children of Louisville.
Please submit the following: a letter of interest, a one-page biography and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.