Steiner Education Early Childhood Teaching - Certificate ECC 2023

Enrolments for 2023 are now open.

2nd Year Course for Aspiring Steiner Early Childhood Teachers

This second-year Certificate course strengthens and deepens the Foundation study (ECF) of Steiner Early Childhood education. It explores essential areas of theoretical and artistic practice and supports a deepening of the Inner Development of the teacher.


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Course Overview

This course strengthens and deepens the Foundation study (ECF) of Steiner Early Childhood education. Steiner’s picture of the child, their essential needs and how transitions are evident in child development is given weight in detailed study of the child, the unfolding of the senses and how this translates to work in the classroom. Emphasis is given to developing the skills necessary to bring festivals, morning circle, fairy stories and the integration of music into early childhood programs.


Course Participants

This course is for those who wish to become a Rudolf Steiner Early Childhood Teacher and follows on from the Foundation course in Early Childhood (ECF). Approved study elsewhere with documentation may be sufficient to enter this course.


Why study at Sydney Rudolf Steiner College?

Sydney Rudolf Steiner College has been preparing Teachers for careers in Steiner education for over 30 years as well as integrated and inspiring studies for parents and carers into Rudolf Steiner’s teachings. Our courses are well established and guided by a staff of highly experienced and respected tutors. We offer flexibility in our delivery, the opportunity to engage with the content and receive a thorough grounding in the foundations of Rudolf Steiner education. In addition, our programs support the transition from mainstream into Steiner education and we offer Professional Development within Steiner Education through NESA. Our courses are recognized both in Australia (SEA and SECA) and internationally (IASWECE).

This course covers 200 hours of content and together with ECF is acknowledged by the International Association for Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Education (IASWECE). This means that after completing the two years of study (all 400 hours), students receive an internationally recognised and portable qualification as a Rudolf Steiner Early Childhood Teacher.

What our students say

“I truly appreciated the thoroughness of the content and materials offered. I will be sifting through and digesting over the next few years. I feel so lucky to have been able to complete…” LE


Guided Experience

Practice in developing programs, child study, journaling and professional readiness are tasks that form part of our compulsory Guided Experience (Practicum).
The Guided Experience is made up of 12 – 15 days spent in a Steiner Early childhood classroom.
Tasks in the guided experience include child study, morning circle, music with the children as well as a professional diary.

Career Path and Employment

Our Steiner Early Childhood courses are acknowledged by IASWECE (International Association of Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Education) and endorsed by Steiner Education Australia (SEA).

Employment prospects both here and internationally are excellent for our students.

  • Successful completion of the Foundation course will qualify teachers to work as Assistants in early childhood settings.
  • Successful completion of both the Foundation and Certificate courses qualify the SRSC student to be Lead Teacher in early childhood settings.

At present there are over 40 Steiner Schools (including State schools with Steiner Streams) in Australia requiring on average 2 or more new Steiner Teachers each year.  There are currently over 1,100 Steiner schools worldwide in 64 different countries, and nearly 2,000 Early Years settings in more than 70 countries and the demand for trained Steiner educators is ever increasing.


Course Code: ECC

Course Coordinator:
Linda St Clair
Mobile: +61 422  429 329


Sydney Rudolf Steiner College – 307 Sussex St, Sydney 2000
Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School – 121 Edinburgh Rd, Castlecrag 2068

ECC runs with a minimum of 10 enrolments, usually every second year.
Assignments and required reading are compulsory throughout the course.
Please note an Australian tertiary qualification is required for teaching at any level in education in Australia.


2023 Course Timetable

Term 1

Webinars:  Feb 15 – Mar 22 (Wednesdays)

Autumn Seminar: Thursday April 13 – Monday April 17

Term 2

Webinars: May 10 – June 14 (Wednesdays)

Term 3

Webinars: July 26 – Aug 30 (Wednesdays)

Spring Seminar: Sunday Sept 24 – Thursday Sept 28

Sunday 1 October – Daylight Saving begins

Term 4

Webinars: Oct 25 – Nov 29 (Wednesdays)

Friday 22 December – College concludes for the year.



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