Waldorf school training––whether as an early childhood educator, elementary school class teacher, or high school subjects teacher––usually involves three phases.
In a first phase, a prospective Waldorf educator will usually join a study group on anthroposophy or a cluster of Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy and the Arts. The Center for Anthroposophy, among other organizations, sponsors these clusters in many different places around the United States –– from Maine to Florida on the East Coast to Arizona and California on the West Coast. Most clusters are held on the site of Waldorf schools, which provide local support for these clusters. Each cluster is custom designed to suit the needs of its host community, but typically classes in Foundations Studies meet twice a month for two consecutive school years, either on weekends or during week nights. In parts of the country where clusters are not offered, the Center can arrange one-on-one Foundation Studies with a mentor in its Individual Mentor Foundation Studies program.
Once a prospective Waldorf teacher has completed a course of Foundation Studies, the next phase of Waldorf school training involves taking teacher preparation classes. The Center for Anthroposophy offers a part-time program each summer in Wilton, New Hampshire for high school teachers. This program––the Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program––involves three consecutive summer intensives, each four weeks long, plus two years of independent studies including a research project and a teaching practicum in a Waldorf high school. Those wishing to become a Waldorf teacher at the early childhood or elementary school level can apply to the Waldorf Teacher Education Program at Antioch University New England in Keene NH, an accredited masters program that works in conjunction with the Center’s programs.
The process of becoming a Waldorf teacher does not end with Waldorf training since this process lasts a lifetime. A third phase, then, of Waldorf teacher training involves one-week refresher Waldorf classes, called Renewal Courses, which are also held each year in Wilton, New Hampshire during June and July.
ANNOUNCEMENT: ANTIOCH UNIVERSITY NEW ENGLAND is seeking applications for a NEW WALDORF PROGRAM CORE FACULTY POSITION
Dear Colleagues in the Waldorf Movement:
Please POST this notice at your institution and make people aware of this new faculty position at Antioch University New England. Also forward to individuals you think may be interested. For detailed information please visit Antioch University New England website
Arthur Auer, AUNE Waldorf Program Director Torin Finser, AUNE Education Dept. Chair
Preferred start date: 1 July/August 2015
The Education Department at Antioch University New England invites applications for core faculty to join the Waldorf Teacher Education Program. We particularly invite candidates who will enhance the racial, ethnic, nationality, or cultural diversity of our program community. This is a fulltime, 10-month position that reports to the Chair of the Department.
This position will serve students enrolled in our Waldorf Teacher Education programs, which are delivered at the Campus throughout the academic year and in an advanced summer intensive format. Other teaching assignments may be assigned from time to time. The work program for this position will be distributed over ten months each academic year, from August through May, plus the month of July. All core faculty at AUNE are expected to engage in four areas: teaching and advising (18 credits), scholarship, community service and university citizenship.
Teaching responsibilities will include Waldorf approaches to Curriculum, Math and Language Arts, Science, Human Development, Arts, and anthroposophical studies. This individual will also supervise students, serve as coordinator of a cohort group, read research papers and Master’s projects, and advise and recruit students. This position also assists the Waldorf Teacher Education Program Director in directing and developing the program, and coordinating practica/internships.
Successful candidates will have a deep knowledge of the theoretical basis of Waldorf education and extensive readings in Anthroposophy; and, organizational skills with substantive and successful work experiences in Waldorf schools teaching and administering school programs and staffing.
- Eight years of elementary class teaching in Waldorf schools; carrying a class from grade 1 through 8 preferred.
- Experience hosting interns as a cooperating teacher
- Demonstrated ability to administer and coordinate Waldorf school and /or teacher training programs (scheduling, hiring faculty, and/or curriculum design, etc)
- Demonstrated capacity to network with Waldorf schools and external partners to recruit students and faculty
- Demonstrated ability or capacity to teach courses in Waldorf curriculum, human development, arts, and anthroposophical studies at the graduate education level
Education and other credentials:
- PhD or EdD preferred, MEd or other Master’s degree required
- Waldorf Teacher Education degree or certification
About the University, Campus, and Department
Antioch University is a singularly accredited, multi-campus, coast-to-coast institution of higher learning that provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. Visit the University’s website for more.
Antioch University New England, one of five regional campuses, uses a distinctive graduate education pedagogy that mixes rigor with experiential learning and social engagement. More information about the New England Campus is available elsewhere on this site.
The Education Department offers teacher education programs deeply rooted in progressive teaching pedagogy. With options for teachers and future teachers, our small class sizes, hands-on learning approach, and emphasis on social responsibility underscore each program. The Waldorf Teacher Education programs are the only accredited Waldorf master’s programs in the U.S. Our program is also the only Waldorf Teacher Education program offering an elementary public school teacher certification option. View more about the faculty and the department here.
For more information about the position, contact Arthur Auer, chair of the search committee, at aauer @ antioch.edu or 603-283-2308.
Submit applications to HR.AUNE@antioch.edu with “ED Waldorf Faculty Search” in the subject line.
Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vita, and complete contact list for at least five professional references. Sample publications or other scholarly work are optional. Work authorization sponsorship is not available for this position.
Application review begins 9 March 2015, and will continue until the position is filled.
AUNE is committed to providing a learning and work environment free from discrimination and harassment. Programs, activities, and employment are available with equal opportunity for all and without discrimination on the basis of race, age, color, gender, gender identity, ancestry, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, family status, or disability.