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San Francisco Waldorf Teacher Education

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This weekend / summer program combines both foundation courses and teacher education coursework and is ideal for those living in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Students may choose a focus of early childhood, elementary (grades 1-8), or high school education through this program. Seven days of classroom observation are included in the first year of studies.  Then three weeks of practice teaching in Year Two, followed by four weeks of practice teaching in Year Three.  This program emphasizes the awakening of the faculties of the teacher and the progressive development of his/her creativity in preparation for becoming a Waldorf teacher. Qualified graduates have the opportunity to apply to Waldorf schools worldwide.

By becoming a Waldorf Teacher you will bring deeper meaning and perspective to your life...

  • Learn to renew the art of education and carry this wisdom with you in everything you explore, as parents or as teachers
  • Enhance your artistic creativity
  • Deepen your understanding of the human being and his destiny
  • Learn to renew the art of education and carry this wisdom with you in everything you explore
  • Work with master teachers who share their expertise and insights while helping you develop classroom capacities and skills
  • Learn to fully integrate practical experience, academics, and the arts while exploring social and group dynamics with your classmates
  • Prepare to become a Waldorf teacher in early childhood, elementary grades, or secondary high school

Program Director

Irène François, PhD, has been the Program Director at RSC SF Campus since 2007. She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Laval & Sherbrooke University and wrote a dissertation titled, "Knowledge & Freedom in Steiner's Philosophy of Education." She also holds an MA degree in Comparative East/West Philosophy from Paris-Sorbonne University. She has taught internationally since 1975 as a lecturer and as a Waldorf teacher at the elementary, high school, and teacher training levels. She was the director of the Rudolf Steiner Institute in Quebec, Canada for fourteen years before coming to Rudolf Steiner College in 2004.


Early Childhood Concentration
An A.A. / A.S. degree or 60 credits from an accredited college or university

Elementary Grades Concentration
B.A. or B.S from an accredited college or university
Current, passing CBEST Scores (must be completed prior to entry into the second year)

High School Concentration
Four-year college degree.

Grade Point Average (for all concentrations)
Submit your latest college transcript showing completion of your course or degree work with a GPA of 3.0 or better from an accredited college. If your GPA is between 2.5 and 2.99, you may be accepted on probation and must achieve a GPA of 3.00 during your first semester.


Successful completion of this program culminates in a Waldorf Teaching Diploma. An M.A. option is available*.

How to Apply

For information about the Admissions process, Tuition and Fees, and Financial Aid, go to our Admissions page or contact us. For information about this San Francisco program, please email

Rudolf Steiner College San Francisco Campus is committed to upholding the high quality of education of its parent-campus and thus unites a faculty of master-teachers with classes designed to progressively build-up the student’s knowledge of pedagogy, anthroposophy, didactics, and all of the arts that comprise the art of Waldorf teaching.

*MA in Waldorf Education: The Master of Arts in Education with a Concentration in Waldorf Education from Rudolf Steiner College has been reviewed and found acceptable by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), by which Rudolf Steiner College was awarded Candidacy for Accreditation as of 3/08/12. RSC has institutional approval. For further information, please visit See section seven of the Catalog for requirements and course descriptions. If you would like one of our faculty or staff to contact you about our MA options, please e-mail