Waldorf teacher education applicants are expected to be familiar with Waldorf education, and with Anthroposophy, the philosophy of human development that is the basis of the Waldorf way of teaching and learning.
If you are interested in Waldorf Teacher Education, please complete the Foundation Studies Questionnaire.
The Foundations Studies Questionnaire is designed to help us evaluate your knowledge of Rudolf Steiner’s work called Anthroposophy. Once we receive it, we will send you a letter offering various ways you can meet this requirement if you don’t already.
Even if our evaluation recommends further study, please continue with the application process for admission.
Options to fulfill the Foundation Studies prerequisite
- We recommend that you study certain basic works by Steiner with a mentor. Sharing your questions and having discussions with a mentor will deepen your understanding of the anthroposophical basis of Waldorf education. For more information, please contact Barbara Richardson at the Center for Anthroposophy (affiliated with Antioch University New England) by email.
- We also recommend that you finish your mentorship experience with a course entitled “Self-Education through Intuitive Thinking and Artistic Perception.” This Anthroposophical course is held for one week each July in Wilton, New Hampshire, one week prior to the start of our Waldorf Teacher Education Program (also in Wilton). For more information, please contact the Center for Anthroposophy.
- Finally, we advise you to get started by reading the following basic books. All of the books below are available from Steiner Books at
- Rudolf Steiner, Theosophy
- Rudolf Steiner, How to Know the Higher Worlds
- Rudolf Steiner, Anthroposophy in Everyday Life
- Torin Finser, Guided Self Study
N.B. Torin’s book covers much of the content in the three Steiner books listed.
You may choose to read Steiner or to work with Finser’s book.
In addition to this choice, read:
- Torin Finser, School as a Journey
- Rudolf Steiner, Kingdom of Childhood
- Henry Barnes, A Life for the Spirit: Rudolf Steiner in the Crosscurrents of our Time (Vista Series, V. 1)
- Foundation Studies clusters meet in a variety of locations throughout the country.