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San Francisco Waldorf Teacher Education

Rudolf Steiner College

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. This three-year program begins in the Fall, meets Friday evenings and Saturday mornings in San Francisco during the Fall and Spring semesters, and three weeks each summer on the main campus in Fair Oaks, CA.  There will be some Monday through Friday requirements in the Fall and Spring semesters: Year One - seven days of classroom observation; Year Two - three weeks of practice teaching; Year Three - four weeks of practice teaching.  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

Joan Caldarera, Ed.D., is excited to be joining the RSC staff this fall as the new Program Director at RSC, SF Campus. She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of California, Davis, in 2013 with a dissertation entitled "Through the Lives of the Teachers: How Waldorf Class Teachers Think about Morality, Waldorf Education, and the Arts in the 21st Century." Dr. Caldarera has been part of San Francisco Waldorf School for 35 years, teaching  at all levels, from Nursery through High School, where she continues to teach Humanities main lessons. She also has administrative experience, having served as High School Chair for 5 years and Head of Administration for 4, as well as being a member of the first Leadership Council of the reformed Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) for 6 years.


Please see the Admissions Requirements page of this website for details on the prerequisites for this program and each of the concentrations.


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