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Admissions Requirements

Admissions and Program Requirements

Rudolf Steiner College seeks students who have a strong desire for and ability to benefit from a quality education and welcomes all eligible applicants.  Consideration for acceptance into a program is based on applicants’ potential for success in the program and in their chosen field; this consideration includes examination of past academic or professional achievement, and motivation for educational and personal development.

Application Requirements

RSC's full Admissions Policy is available in the College Course Catalog and on our Polices and Procedures webpage.

Application to Matriculated Programs (not currently accepting applications)

Applying to Rudolf Steiner College for all matriculated programs requires prospective students to submit the following 5 items to the Admissions Office.  These steps are required parts of the process and must be completed before you can be officially accepted into an RSC Program.

  1. College Application: completed and submitted online. 
  2. Application Fee: $50.00 non-refundable fee.
  3. Letters of Recommendation: academic or professional -- References cannot be related to the applicant.  The applicant enters the reference's email address within the College Application.
    • Certificate and Diploma Programs – one Letter of Recommendation is required for all new applicants. 
    • Degree Program: MA in Education Program – a second Letter of Recommendation is required. 
  4. Previous Education – Minimum Admissions and Documentation Requirements
    •  Foundation Studies
      • Admissions Requirements: High School Graduation
      • Documentation Requirements: Proof of graduation from High School can be demonstrated with a copy of your High School Diploma or GED, or a copy of a diploma or official transcript from an accredited post-secondary institution which requires high school graduation. International transcripts may require evaluation by a US educational research service.
    • Certificate Programs: Remedial Education and Waldorf Teacher Education for Subject Teachers (for the Grades), specialization in Handwork (Please note these programs are not eligible for federal financial aid).  
      • Admissions Requirements: High School Graduation. 
      • Documentation Requirements: Proof of graduation from High School can be demonstrated with a copy of your High School Diploma or GED, or a copy of a diploma or official transcript from an accredited post-secondary institution which requires high school graduation. International transcripts may require evaluation by a US educational research service.
    •  Diploma and Degree Program Modalities: Waldorf Teacher Education (Early Childhood and Grades) and MA in Education, Concentration Waldorf
      • Admissions Requirements: all Diploma/Degree program modalities require a minimum of a Bachelor’s or an equivalent four-year college degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.70 or better for all college-level work
      • Documentation Requirements – Official Transcript for highest level of education completed at an accredited school must be sent to the Admissions Office. Photocopies are not acceptable. If a program is eligible for federal financial aid, then students must have a four-year degree to apply for the federal aid. International transcripts: transcripts from non US institutions must be evaluated by a US educational research service for equivalency to US degree. The official evaluation must include GPA.  Approved services include: World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators.
  5. Language Requirements -- English Proficiency for Non-Native Speakers of English.  All classes in the Diploma, Degree and Certificate programs are conducted in English and proficient English skills are necessary for student success.  Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:
    1. Submit English test scores that were taken within the last two years.  The listed language score requirements below are for TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Other English tests may be accepted, but applicants must provide information showing how the scores compare to TOEFL scores.  TOEFL tests and IELTS tests are given throughout the world.  Rudolf Steiner College’s code number for TOEFL is 4646.
      • Required minimum TOEFL scores (minimum of 18 for all sections):
        • Waldorf Teacher Education Diploma:  IBT-78
        • MA Degree in Education, with Waldorf Concentration: IBT-80
        • Remedial: IBT-78
        • Handwork: IBT -78
      • Required minimum IELTS scores
        • Waldorf Teacher Education Diploma: Band 6.5
        • Handwork: Band 6.5  
        • Remedial: Band 6.5
        • MA Degree in Education, with Waldorf Concentration: Band 6.5
    2. Submit an official transcript from an accredited English-speaking university that requires an English test prior to entering.  Minimum of 30 credits required.  Courses on the transcript must be taken within the last four years.   For a diploma in Waldorf Teacher Education and the MA degree, the transcript needs to show a GPA of at least 2.70.  If the GPA is below 2.7, the applicant will need to submit current TOEFL or IELTS scores instead.
    3. Submit proof of employment in an English speaking environment.  Applicants who have been working in a position within the past 5 years that requires them to speak, read, and write English for everyday activity may submit proof of employment. A letter from the employer outlining timeframe and work duties must be included.  Applicants requiring an F-1 student visa may not use this option.

Rudolf Steiner College does not give English courses: if the Program Director or the Academic Dean advises a student to take additional English classes while enrolled as a student, the fees for taking such classes at another institution must be paid for by the student.
 

Degree, Program and Modality Specific Requirements:

Additional items needed as part of the application process and to be eligible for enrollment:

  1. Master of Arts in Education Degree: In the MA application materials, applicants must demonstrate their experience and understanding of meeting the educational needs of learners in a classroom, and describe their commitment, motivation, and potential for graduate work. Applications cannot be fully processed and considered until all of the materials below are received in the Admissions Office by the application due date. 
    • Letter of Recommendation for the MA (See Online Application): 2nd letter of Recommendation is required. Applicants supply an email address of a 2nd reference and a request is sent on applicants’ behalf. In addition, applicants may submit up to three more letters from relevant references. 
    • Writing Samples (see Online Application for more information): 
    1. Essay:  5-7 pages demonstrating writing proficiency and ability to articulate and support an opinion. Applicants who already have an advanced degree may submit a writing sample from their previous academic work.
    2. Statement of Purpose: 2-3 page personal statement. 
    3. Diversity Statement:  One-page statement. 
    4. Resume/Curriculum Vitae, Optional: additional information, not already on the resume submitted as part of your college application. 
  2. Waldorf Teacher Education, Subject Teachers, Handwork: Proficiency in subject area, clarified during phone interview with program coordinator.  
  3. Remedial Education Program: applicants must meet one of the following two entry requirements for previous educational and professional experience (Please see Remedial Education Program Requirements or contact Admissions for further details on these requirements and how to meet them.):  
    • Waldorf Teacher Diploma: (either ‘1’ or ‘2’ must be met) 
      1. Proof is met by a facsimile of official transcript or Diploma, or 
      2. Applicants may be concurrently enrolled in an RSC Waldorf Teacher Education Program for Early Childhood, Grades or High School.  Students must continue with and complete their Teacher Education Program in order to stay enrolled in the Remedial Education Program. 
    • Professional Experience: (both ‘1' and ‘2’ must be met) 
      1. One year or more of professional experience working with children in an educational or therapeutic setting (additional documentation may be requested as verification of work), and 
      2. The following anthroposophical foundation studies must be completed before the beginning of the first summer session (July 2017):
        • Nature of the Human Being (texts include Theosophy*) 
        • Cosmology (texts include An Outline of Esoteric Science*)

Transfer of Credit Request

Applicants must submit a Transfer of Credit Request along with any relevant documentation and official transcripts in order to transfer credit to RSC (See Policy 006 Transfer of Credit.) Tuition and Forms Page.

Admissions Process for all Programs:

Please note: RSC is not accepting applications for any matriculated programs.

Application Review for Prospective Students: once the application is received, Admissions conducts an evaluation of all the application materials to ensure applicants meet the eligibility requirements of the Program for which they are applying.  Application materials are then reviewed by the relevant Modality Director and/or other faculty to determine prospective students’ potential for success in the program and in their chosen field, based upon past academic or professional achievement, and motivation for educational and personal development.  Directors will conduct applicant interviews as needed. These steps are required parts of the process and must be completed before an applicant can be officially accepted into an RSC Program.  Admissions notifies applicants via email of their status in the program. 

Please note:

  • Meeting eligibility requirements for a program does not guarantee acceptance into the program or eligibility for federal financial aid.
  • All application materials must be received by Admissions before a student can be officially accepted into a program and start classes, including transcripts and Letters of Recommendation.

Financial Assistance: processing begins after your acceptance into a program, but you may begin your paperwork beforehand. For more information, please contact FinancialAid@steinercollege.edu.  Please note that not all programs or modalities offer federal financial aid.

Tuition and Fees Payment: all students must contact the Financial Aid Office to make arrangements to pay tuition and fees (FinancialAid@steinercollege.edu or 916-963-1163). Program specific information on tuition, fees and estimated expenses is posted on Tuition and Admissions Forms.