Steiner Education Primary Teaching – Foundation PTF

Enrolments for 2023 are now OPEN

For Teachers and aspiring Teachers of the Primary School Years

This first-year blended course (online and in-person) provides the fundamentals of Anthroposophical principles. It explores theoretical, practical and artistic modules, giving 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 part time annual course covers the essential topics required for Primary Teaching. 

In addition, our programs support the transition from mainstream into Steiner education.

To receive a Statement of Completion, students will need to have successfully completed all webinars, module study, tasks and seminars for this course (option PTFT). This statement of Completion is the prerequisite for study of the Certificate Course (year 2).


PTFT – Total Course Fee $3,400, Or

PTFW – Total Course Fee $1,080



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Course Overview

The course explores theoretical, practical and artistic modules, giving a comprehensive experience of Rudolf Steiner Education, with the child at the centre of the curriculum. In addition to the foundational Anthroposophical content, regular course assignments deepen the students’ engagement and understanding and is a compulsory component of the course. 

The main content includes: Rudolf Steiner’s Threefold and Fourfold picture of the human being as a basis for understanding the developing child. Understanding the 12 Senses and their relationship to the Threefold picture. The four Temperaments – understanding the one’s own as well as working with the different temperaments in the classroom. The Evolution of Human Consciousness to support a deepening of the Steiner curriculum. Understanding the Self, a personal biography module, essential for all Steiner teachers. 


Term One provides students with a good foundation in anthroposophical principles and background to Rudolf Steiner education, including Steiner’s picture of the Threefold and Fourfold human being and child development from an anthroposophical perspective. 

Term Two explores the Twelve Senses and the four Temperaments as indicated by Steiner.

April seminar: Experiencing a deepening of the content through Dramatic Arts, Speech and Movement

Term 3 and 4: Introduction to Rudolf Steiner Education: an overview of the Primary curriculum and the underlying principles upon which this is developed. A Life Phases Personal Biography module accompanies all students on their journey throughout the course.

September seminar: Experiencing a deepening of content through Visual arts and Music


Course Participants

This is the foundation course and entry-level for those who wish to become a Rudolf Steiner Primary Teacher (PTF). A previous teaching qualification is not required for enrolment in the course, but an Australian tertiary qualification is required for teaching at any level in education in Australia.


Why study at Sydney Rudolf Steiner College?

Sydney Rudolf Steiner College has been preparing Teachers for careers in Steiner education for over 30 years.

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 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 

Option 1: PTFT – Total Course Fee $3,400, Or

Option 2: PTFW – Total Course Fee $1,080

*5% Early Bird Discount available till end of June


Option 1: PTFT = Module Study, Webinars and Tasks towards Statement of Completion

PTFT Payment in Full | $3400 – Includes the 2 seminars, all 24 webinars, module study & tasks towards the Statement of Completion, which is the pre-requisite for the Certificate course.

Or PTFT Payment by Term* | $450  – Includes 6 webinars, module study & tasks towards the Statement of Completion, which is the pre-requisite for the Certificate course


  • Autumn Seminar (due 2 Apr) | $800 – Includes all the live tutorials, music, art and craft over the 5 days with catering and associated tasks towards Statement of Completion.
  • Spring Seminar (due 2 Sept) | $800 – Includes all the live tutorials, student presentations music, art and craft over the 5 days with catering and associated tasks towards Statement of Completion.


Option 2: PTFW = Webinars only, towards Statement of Attendance

PTFW Payment in Full | $1,080 – Includes all 24 webinars only

Or PTFW – Payment by Term* | $270 – Includes 6 webinars only


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

Consult your tax advisor about tax deductibility.

If you would like to discuss fee options please contact the course coordinator.



Course Code: PTF

Course Coordinator:
Robyn Davis
Mobile: +61 467 953 881


Sydney Rudolf Steiner College – 307 Sussex Street Sydney 2000

Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School – 121 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag 2068

Participating Teacher Training Hubs (TBA)


Course Delivery: Online and In-Person

One online evening webinar delivered weekly each term over 6 weeks, with a total of 24 webinars over the course of the year.

Hours per week: 2 – 3 extra for Readings and Tasks

Webinars: Wednesdays 7pm – 8.30pm (AET).

Seminars: 1 per Semester in school holidays.

The 2 seminars are held over 5 days in Sydney (or a local Teacher Training Hub if available) in Autumn and Spring .




2023 Course Timetable

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.


2024 Course Timetable



Additional information

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