Steiner Education Primary Teaching – Foundation PTF

Enrolments Closed for 2024

For Teachers, aspiring Teachers, Homeschool Providers and Parents of Primary School-aged Children

This part-time course provides the fundamentals of Anthroposophical principles. It explores theoretical, practical and artistic modules, delivering a comprehensive experience of Rudolf Steiner Education, with the child at the centre of the curriculum.

Led by highly regarded and experienced local and international tutors, this first-year annual course covers the essential topics required for Primary Teaching to equip teachers with the skills and knowledge to enter into teaching in a Steiner/Waldorf school, and to support the transition from mainstream into Steiner education.

The course has been developed to ensure that students are able to complete the course while maintaining a full-time teaching position.

With the completion of all webinars, seminars and tasks in this first-year Foundation Course (PTFT) and the second-year Certificate Course (PTC) the student will have a Steiner qualification that is recognised in Australia by SEA (Steiner Education Australia).

Non-teaching participants may opt to enrol in the Lecture-only program (PTFW) which is delivered online through the Webinars.


PTFT – Total Course Fee $3,400, Or

PTFW – Total Course Fee $1,080

Download the 2024 Prospectus

Course Overview



14 Feb – 19 June 2024 

Exploring Anthroposophy

A comprehensive introduction to the principles of anthroposophy and its applications in Steiner Education. Delivered over 14 webinars in Terms 1 and 2.

Topics Include:

  • Steiner’s picture of the whole Human Being (3-fold and 4-fold)
  • Steiner’s indications on The 12 Senses as organs of perception
  • Recognising and working with The Four Temperaments in children and adults
  • The Soul faculties of the Human Being
  • Anthroposophy in our Time

Tutors: Sven Saar, Ben Cherry, Lisa Devine, and James Deefholts

Webinar Times: Wednesdays 7pm – 8.30pm (AET).


24 July – 27 Nov 2024

In the second semester, we cover the essentials of the Steiner classroom, with in-depth lectures on the curriculum and its presentation, the role of the teacher, and understanding transitions and developmental phases. Delivered over 12 webinars in Terms 3 and 4. Term 4 is a self-paced program with recordings and mentoring available.

Topics Include:

  • Understanding and working with transitions in childhood
  • Working with a Main Lesson
  • Maths Primary curriculum workshop
  • Rhythm, Main Lesson and Morning Circle
  • The role of the Arts through the Primary years
  • The Importance of Creative Speech
  • Festivals and school life.

Tutors: James Deefholts, Michael Caterer, Lou Harvey-Zahra, Jamie York, Jude Samson

Mentors: Michael Caterer, Lou Harvey-Zahra

Wednesdays 7pm – 8.30pm (AET).



Central to our program are the two Seminars that draw all students together in artistic, practical, and engaging classes that are held live* during the school holidays. These are vital to truly experience what we mean by Steiner education. (Catering is included in fees)

*For groups of 12 or more students a regional training hub can be arranged. Please contact a coordinator to discuss this option.

Autumn Seminar: 20 – 24 April 2024
Spring Seminar: 1 – 5 Oct 2024

Topics Include:

  • Positive relationships and classroom management
  • Understanding children’s temperaments
  • Artistic workshops in form drawing, clay modelling, painting and handwork
  • Eurythmy, Creative Speech and Bothmer Gymnastics
  • Singing and Music in the Primary School
  • Nutrition and biodynamics
  • The Art of Blackboard Drawing

Seminar Timetables will be made available closer to the event date.

Please note that programs and tutors are subject to change

Download the 2024 Prospectus

Course Participants

This is the foundation course and entry-level for those who wish to become a Rudolf Steiner Primary Teacher, as well as for non-teaching individuals such as Parents, Carers, or homeschool providers who wish to learn more about Steiner Education to inform their own parenting or home-education environment. A previous teaching qualification is not required for enrolment in the course, but an Australian tertiary qualification is required for teaching professionally at any level of education in Australia.


Why study at Sydney Rudolf Steiner College?

Sydney Rudolf Steiner College has been preparing Teachers for careers in Steiner education since 1980.

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.

The PTF program has been developed to ensure that students are able to complete the course while maintaining a full-time teaching position, and supports the transition from mainstream into Steiner education.

Our courses are recognised both in Australia (SEA and SECA) and internationally (IASWECE).


What our students say


“I found the course content and delivery to be incredibly well structured, relevant and simply beautiful! My expectations were far exceeded and I am even more glad to have started this journey of bringing Steiner education to the world through my own values and passion.” – PTF Student, 2023

“The course content and delivery brought Rudolf Steiner’s work and Steiner education so beautifully alive for me. Every lecture felt nourishing and met with me on every level so as to enrich me, grow me, inspire me and fill me with love.”  – PTF Student, 2023


The seminar has been an overwhelmingly positive experience for me. Over and above the content and lectures it has been a joy to connect with the other students doing the course. The connections we have made will carry us forward feeling so much more supported and enriched. – PTF Student, 2023


“The content was rich, inspiring and practical. There was so much deep wisdom, experience and passion expressed to us by our incredible teachers. The delivery was honest and engaging, making it a joy to listen to, understand and integrate.” – PTF Student, 2023


“The course content was extensive and very beautifully articulated by all the lecturers. There was much passion in creating the curriculum, as it really covered everything a new Waldorf teacher would require. Delivery was executed in a way a Waldorf child would be taught. This allowed me to see how it should be brought about to a child.” – PTF Student, 2023


“I am deeply grateful for all the efforts, energy and love that was behind the organisation of the course.” – PTF Student, 2022


“The lecturers were warm and provided so much wisdom. They and the content they were delivering was engaging and able to be applied to work and personal life.
I feel I grew both as a person as well as building on my anthroposophy knowledge within the PTF course.” – PTF Student, 2022


“I was honestly impressed with the calibre of the teachers. These courses were very much hands-on and I came away with many new and exciting resources to take back to the classroom. I feel enriched and inspired. I learnt techniques that were fresh and exciting along with a new delivery approach for my students. Thank you for your dedication to give us such an enlivened experience.” – PTF Student, 2021



Career Path and Employment

There are excellent employment prospects for Steiner-trained teachers who have completed our Primary Teaching Foundation and Certificate Courses.

There is an ever-increasing demand for qualified Steiner/ Waldorf teachers as Steiner Education continues to expand in Australia and throughout the world.

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 by Steiner Education Australia (SEA).




To complete the Foundation Course (PTFT) and receive a Statement of Completion, students will need to have successfully completed all webinars, module study, tasks and seminars.

Alternatively, students can elect to complete the Webinar option (PTFW) to receive a Statement of Attendance, however this will not result in achieving credit for completing the course.

Seminars can also be attended as stand-alone elements as these provide the opportunity to engage in artistic work, craft, singing and workshop discussions in person.




Fee Payment Options

There are two pathways available to complete the Primary Teaching Foundation program, PTFT or PTFW.

PTFT is the full Foundation course for educators, aspiring teachers and professionals and includes all webinars, seminars module study and tasks toward a Statement of Completion, which is the pre-requisite for the Certificate course.

PTFW is suitable for individuals who do not require a Statement of Completion and includes the online webinars only, for a Statement of Attendance.


Payments can be made in full or by term.

Termly payments do not include the two Seminars, and PTFT students will need to pay for these separately

Term payments are due on the following dates: Feb 2, May 2, August 2, Oct 2

 Please Consult your tax advisor about tax deductibility.




Course Code: PTF

Course Coordinator:
Doris Antivilo
Mobile: +61 414 596 685


Sydney Rudolf Steiner College – 307 Sussex Street Sydney 2000

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2024 Course Timetable



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PTF Fee Options

PTFT – Payment in Full (2024), PTFT – Payment by Term (2024), PTFT – Payment by Term (2023), Autumn Seminar (due 2 Apr), Spring Seminar (due 2 Sept), PTFW – Payment in Full (2024), PTFW – Payment by Term (2024), PTFW – Payment by Term (2023)

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