Steiner Education High School Teaching – Foundation Course

In response to a growing call from schools around Australia, Sydney Rudolf Steiner College has been working closely with High School leadership to refine our High School Foundation (HTF) course to ensure comprehensive Steiner training for high school teaching staff, and in particular, for new teachers that are transitioning to Steiner education.

The one-year course will be delivered part-time, online via weekly webinars, with two in-person seminars over three days in Spring and Autumn.

International Students are welcome!


Course Overview

No prior learning or teaching qualification is required for enrolment in this course however, a relevant Australian tertiary qualification is required for teaching at any level in education in Australia.

International students welcome!

This one year, part-time course aims to equip High School teachers with solid foundational knowledge of Steiner education, an understanding of child developmental phases from an anthroposophical perspective and how these inform the high school curriculum, covering all the central topics required for teaching in the Steiner High School. It explores theoretical, practical, and creative modules, providing a rigorous and comprehensive experience of Rudolf Steiner Education with the adolescent at the centre of the curriculum.

The course will be led by a staff of highly experienced tutors to guide students through a series of modules that include essential topics such as child development and transitions, the self-development of the teacher, the Main Lesson and Integrated Curriculum, with attention given to the teaching methodology of maths, science and language.

In consideration of the pressures and time constraints placed on high school teachers, the course has been developed to ensure that students are able to cope with the course workload while maintaining a full-time teaching position. Students can enrol in individual modules to complete the course progressively.


Course Program

The content will be presented and explored through online webinars and interactive discussion time with the tutors.

Time: Thursday evenings during term from 7pm – 8.30pm (AET)


Overview for 2nd Semester, 2023



Module 1: Essentials of Rudolf Steiner Education – Towards Adolescence

Delivered across 3 webinar sessions

27 July, 3 August and 10 August

Topics Include:

  • Introduction to Child Development and Transitions from 14 -21.
  • The relevance of Steiner’s picture of the human being to teaching the adolescent and how this understanding can inform teaching in the high-school.
  • The Importance of the Self Development of the teacher and the integration of the Arts in the High School curriculum.


Module 2: The Main Lesson and the Integrated Curriculum in the High School

Delivered across 4 webinar sessions

18 August (in-person session, Sydney, live-streamed), 24 August, 31 August and 7 September

Topics Include:

  • Presentation of a lesson
  • Introduction to the Mathematics Main Lesson; preparing and delivering a meaningful, artistic, multi-disciplinary and developmentally appropriate mathematics main lesson in the high school years.
  • Introduction to the Science Main Lesson; preparing an integrated, meaningful and multi-disciplinary main lesson for the high school years
  • Overview of Rudolf Steiner’s indications for the high school curriculum


Spring Seminar – 24 – 27 September

In-person practical and creative Seminar for High School Teaching Foundation

Venue: Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School, Castlecrag NSW

Topics Include:

  • Eurythmy as an Art of Movement
  • The Art of Blackboard Drawing
  • The Main Lesson in High School
  • Introduction to the Story of Parzival and its relevance for High School
  • Projective Geometry

See Seminar Timetable



Module 3: The Role of the Teacher

Delivered across 3 webinar sessions

26 Oct, 2 Nov, 10 Nov (in-person session, Sydney, live-streamed)

Topics Include:

  • The role of the teacher as class guardian and mentor.
  • Supporting individual and group well-being.
  • Meeting the diverse needs of the High school students
  • understanding milestones in relation to behaviour.
  • Leadership workshop for class guardians


Module 4: Child Observation and Child Study

Delivered across 2 webinar sessions (includes 3-day observation in class)

16 Nov and 23 Nov

Topics Include:

  • Observation and Child Study and its application for the high school child
  • Individual feedback and group discussion from Observation and experience in class


Module 5: The Main Lesson Project

Delivered across 2 webinar sessions

30 Nov and 7 Dec

Topics Include:

  • Main Lesson Guidelines and Expectations (integrating an understanding of the layered curriculum, the Arts, Steiner’s picture of the human being, the higher senses and the Temperaments
  • Brief overview presentations for each student, and discussion.


Overview for 1st Semester, 2024 




Tutors for this course include:

Bernadette White, Lisa Devine, Elena Rowan, Katherine Arconati, Sophia Montefiore, Raphaela Mazzone and Norman Sievers


What our Students Say

“Outstanding. In every respect. Exceeded my expectations. The standard of lecturing was extremely high.” – HSF Student 2022

“Wonderful – An excellent selection of tutors and the background of Steiner Pedagogy.” – HSF Student 2022

“The course content was wonderfully enriching and the delivery was on point.” – HSF Student 2022

“The course is very well paced and brings a wonderful balance of theoretical Anthroposophy, and practical deepening artistic experiences.” – HSF Student 2022

“This course has opened my perspective and transformed so much in me in one year. I’m so grateful.” HSF Student 2022



Career Path and Employment

There is an ever-increasing demand for qualified Steiner/Waldorf teachers as Steiner Education continues to expand in Australia and throughout the world. In particular, there are excellent employment prospects for Steiner-trained teachers who have completed our High School Teaching Foundation course.

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

All our courses are endorsed be Steiner Education Australia (SEA).



Course Duration:

One year (part-time).



Course delivery

One online evening lecture (webinar) delivered weekly during the term (7 webinars per term), with a total of 28 webinars over the course of 2 Semesters.

In addition, two 3-day seminars are held in Sydney (or a local Teacher Training Hub if available) in Spring and Autumn.


Fee Payment Options


  • Full Semester 2 (half of the annual Course): $1,625

(Includes all 5 modules and Spring Seminar)

5% Early Bird Discount for full fee payment is available till the end of June.


  • Modules Only, Semester 2: $1050

Includes all 5 modules only, (14 webinars)


  • Spring Seminar (due 2 Sept): $575

Includes 3-day in-person Seminar only


  • Individual Modules:
  • Module 1: $225
  • Module 2: $300
  • Module 3: $225
  • Module 4: $150
  • Module 5: $150






Course Coordinator:
Robyn Davis

Tel: 02 9261 4001
Mobile: +61 467 953 881


Sydney Rudolf Steiner College – 307 Sussex Street Sydney 2000

Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School – 121 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag 2068



2023 Course Dates

Term 3

Webinars: July 27 – Sept 7 (Thursdays) 7pm – 8.30pm (AET).

Spring Seminar: Sunday Sept 24 – Thursday Sept 28

Sunday 1 October – Daylight Saving begins

Term 4

Webinars: Oct 26 – Dec 7 (Thursdays) 7pm – 8.30pm (AET).

Friday 22 December – College closes for the year.

2024 Course Dates


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