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  • 9200 Fair Oaks Blvd, Fair Oaks, CA 95628
  • 916.963.4000

Part-Time Matriculated

Modeled after the full-time, Residential Modality, the Summer Modality of the Waldorf Teacher Education Program provides an opportunity to gain a Waldorf Diploma for early childhood, grades and high school teachers already in the classroom, and for those who are unable to participate in our full-time residential program. Here you will work side-by-side with active teachers under the guidance of our experienced faculty in order to enrich and deepen your understanding of Waldorf Education.

Our summer modality happens during the most vibrant period of activity at Rudolf Steiner College. Because of the multiplicity of programs and professional development workshops offered in the summer, you will mingle with educators in many different fields and find an opportunity to have lunch conversations with colleagues and faculty from around the globe. Summer students can live in our beautiful dorms and eat healthful and delicious organic and biodynamic meals. Additionally, campus life is punctuated with evening entertainment and concerts.

This modality emphasizes the practical approach to the pedagogy introduced by Rudolf Steiner and is focused on giving the practicing teacher the tools necessary to his or her craft. Through an integrated program of Foundation Studies, human and self-development, the arts, and curriculum studies, the teacher will be well prepared to become an independent practitioner of the principles of Waldorf Education.

Course Prerequisites

  • Foundation Studies: These courses are designed into most programs and are taken concurrently in the summer modality.  A certain percentage of foundation coursework may be accepted as transfer credit if it is completed at an eligible institution. This requires an assessment, transcripts, and documentation of equivalency. Please see RSC's Transfer of Credit Policy or contact Admissions for more information.
  • Early Childhood, Elementary Grades, and High School Specializations
    • B.A. or B.S from an accredited college or university.
    • Current, passing CBEST Scores: These must be completed prior to entry into the second year. (Those with an M.A. or Ph.D., or with passing GRE or CSET scores, are exempt).
    • Please see Admissions Requirements for further details.

Program Overview

This three-year, part-time program modality includes a summer session at our Fair Oaks, CA campus each year for three years, as well as observation,  practice teaching, and a curriculum project completed during the fall and spring of the first and second years. Summer sessions are 4.5 weeks in length if the Summer Foundation Courses are taken concurrently, and 3 weeks if the Foundation Courses have been previously completed. Summer session classes are from 8 AM until as late as 9 PM, Monday through Friday and some weekends, with adequate time for breaks throughout the day.

This program begins with the Summer Foundation Courses on Thursday morning, June 18, 2015 (mandatory final registration and orientation are on Wednesday, June 17). The opening session for the Teacher Education curriculum weeks will be on Sunday evening, June 28, 2015 - registration and orientation will begin that Sunday morning.

Summer Foundation Courses

♦ The Path of Self Knowledge  ♦  The Evolution of Consciousness and Culture  ♦  An Introduction to Waldorf Education  ♦  Epistemology and Phenomenology  ♦  Self-Transformation through the Arts  ♦  Topics in Anthroposophy ♦

Summer Teacher Education for Early Childhood or Elementary Grades (1-8)

♦ The Philosophical Foundations of Waldorf Education  ♦  Time and Visual Arts  ♦   Waldorf Pedagogy  ♦  Human Growth and Development  ♦  The Artistic Approach in the Practice of Teaching  ♦  Curriculum: Development, Differentiation, and Delivery  ♦  Field Experience*  ♦  Applied Research  ♦

Early Childhood courses will include: storytelling, singing, circle and craft activities; carving and kinderharp; the fundamentals of establishing kindergartens, preschools, parent-child programs, childcare programs, and working with licensing agencies and the community at large; and much, much more!

Elementary (grades 1-8) courses will include: The fundamentals of teaching reading, writing and arithmetic; phonics, whole language, and composition techniques; methodologies for teaching history, geography and science; and much, much more!

Summer High School Teacher Training Program Learn More.


Successful completion of our Waldorf Teacher Education Program culminates in a Waldorf Teaching Diploma (with a specialization in Early Childhood, Grades, or High School Education). An MA Degree in Education with Waldorf Concentration option is available*.

How to Apply

For further information use these links: Admissions Process, Admissions Requirements, Program Tuition and Fees, and Financial Aid, or contact us with any questions you may have.

Please visit the BPPE Report and School Performance Fact Sheets webpage for information such as enrollment, graduation and employment of graduates for these programs. 


Astrid Schmitt-Stegmann, MA, directs the Summer Foundation Courses and the Summer Modality for Grades Teacher Education at Rudolf Steiner College. Recognized internationally as a leading Waldorf educator, she lectures and mentors teachers in Waldorf schools in the United States, as well as in Germany, Russia, Thailand, and the Philippines.

Lauren R. Hickman, MA, directs the Waldorf Early Childhood Education at RSC. Lauren is a passionate advocate for young children and their families. She holds a M.A. in Education from Touro University, an Early Childhood Teaching Diploma from Rudolf Steiner College, a B.A. in International Relations from U.C. Davis and an A.A .in Chemistry from American River College. An alumna of the Sacramento Waldorf School, she has been a Waldorf Educator for over nineteen years, as a Parent-Infant, Parent-Child, Nursery and Kindergarten Teacher. She is a former Waldorf school administrator and has served on several non-profit boards. Lauren is an early childhood mentor and a Licensed Preschool Director. One of Lauren's particular interests is bringing Waldorf education into everyday life, by teaching parenting classes to homeless mothers, working with at risk families and by bringing festivals, puppetry and storytelling to the greater community.

Betty Staley, MA, directs the Waldorf High School Teacher Education at RSC. A Waldorf educator for over thirty years at the kindergarten, elementary, high school and teacher training levels, she is a founder of the Sacramento Waldorf High School where she taught history and literature for nineteen years. She is an international lecturer and consultant, and is one of the founders of Rudolf Steiner College. Betty has also authored six books, including, "Between Form and Freedom: A Practical Guide to the Teenage Years;" "Hear the Voice of the Griot!: A Guide to the History, Geography and Culture of Africa;" "Tapestries: Weaving Life's Journey;" and, "Adolescence: The Sacred Passage, Inspired by the Legend of Parzival."

*M.A. 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 and click on Admissions, College Catalogue. See section four of the Catalogue 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