Steiner Education Primary Teaching – Foundation PTF

Enrolments and Fees

Course Fee: $3400 (GST exempt)

Annual Fee with 5% discount $3230  (GST exempt) (Due 5 Feb 2021)

Fees for students attending the full course and paying in whole or stage by stage are GST exempt.

4 x payments of $450 (total $1800.00) at the beginning of each term (2nd February, 2nd May, 2nd July, 2nd October)

2 x payments of $800 (total $1600) for the Seminars, due at the beginning of April and September.

Fee for students attending part of the course (GST included):

$420 per Term and $850 per Seminar

Enquire / Enrol for 2021




Course Overview

Are you a qualified teacher who wishes to gain qualifications to teach in a Steiner school? Do you wish to deepen your knowledge of Anthroposophy?

The Steiner Education Primary Teaching – Foundation (PTF) and the second year course, Steiner Education Primary Teaching – Certificate (PTC), explore theoretical, practical and artistic modules that will give you a comprehensive experience of Rudolf Steiner Education. Our courses are unique in that they engage you with three learning modalities. Course assignments will deepen your engagement and are assessed by our tutors and supported by extensive on-line readers. Our weekly webinars provide for interactive learning with fellow students and our tutors. Our four days intensive seminars provide experiential learning, so important in the arts, and community engagement with other students.

This course is the first-year program. For receipt of our formal certificate the second year of study (Steiner Education Primary Teaching – Certificate, PTC) must be undertaken.

These two courses are delivered as separate part- time courses over one year each.  (Statements of Attainment are awarded for individual modules on completion).

For those wishing to teach in high school we recommend completing this course as it provides an introduction to the underlying principles of Steiner Education, introduces the curriculum for classes 7 and 8 and allows you to experience and develop your artistic sensibilities.


This course is recognised by Steiner schools in Australia for those seeking employment as teachers in Steiner schools. A very high majority of our graduates’ secure work in a Steiner school. However, for all Australian schools, teachers need the requisite government qualifications (Bachelor of Education, Graduate Diploma in Ed or/and Master of Teaching).

NESA: Professional Development courses (previously NESA accredited) have been temporarily discontinued. We are undergoing a reaccreditation process to fulfil the new criteria provided by the NSW Government. We anticipate successful reaccreditation for our courses and will strive to develop new courses to support the PD of all teachers from preschool to High School. For further details and updated information please see the PD link on our website.

To secure your place in this course please pay for the first 2021 term fee. If you have any queries contact the College Coordinator, Robyn Davis on

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

Course Fees & Payment Options

Full Annual Payment with Discount
Total Course Fee $3230.00 including the 5% discount (GST exempt), if the total annual fee is paid upfront before 5 Feb 2021.


Full Annual Payment
Total Course Fee $3400 (GST exempt) if paid throughout the four terms of the year.

Term Payments 

Fees for students attending the full course and paying in whole or stage by stage are GST exempt.

4 x payments of $450 (total $1800.00) at the beginning of each term (1st February, 1st May, 1st July, 1st October)

2 x payments of $800 (total $1600) for the Seminars, due at the beginning of April and September.

Fee for students attending part of the course (GST included):

$420 per Term

$850 per Seminar

Enquire / Enrol for 2021

Consult your tax advisor about tax deductibility.

Fee includes all tuition, materials, two x 4-day training seminars, catering (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea).

Students in need of special financial consideration should contact the college coordinator.

To enrol in this course please pay the annual course fees in full or fill in the Enquiry Form. Sydney Rudolf Steiner College will then activate your enrolment and email you enrolment confirmation, login and course details.

For students who enrol in individual modules will be provided with required reading materials and book list.

What our students say

Testimonial from student, Susan Ansell:

“I recently attended the April teaching seminar at the Sydney Rudolf Steiner College and completed both the Music and Artistic Development courses. I was honestly impressed with the caliber 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”.

Course Timeline & Key Dates

Steiner Education Primary Teacher – Foundation (PTF) 2021

Term 1

17 Feb—24 Mar, 
Webinars on Wednesday over 6 weeks,
7.30—9pm (Sydney time)

Autumn Seminar

4 days spread over 5
11—15 Apr (in person)

Term 2

12 May—16 Jun, 
Webinars on Wednesday over 6 weeks,
7.30–9pm (Sydney time)

  Introducing Anthroposophy Performing Arts and Personal Transformation
 Child Development and Life Phases – The Growing Child
Course introduction and overview

Introduction to Rudolf Steiner, his biography and the first Waldorf school

Introduction to Anthroposophy. Human being (Anthropos) Wisdom (Sophia)

Understanding the 3-fold and 4-fold Human Being as a basis for child development

Reviewing the term together

 Introduction to Artistic practice

The importance of The Arts in education

The importance of the Arts for self -development

Experiencing water colour painting, drawing and the nature of colour

Music in a Steiner school


Bothmer Gymnastic

Introduction to the 4 Temperaments-

Generally and as adults (teaching styles and colleagues for a cohesive staff)

Introduction to the 4 Temperaments – the temperament stages of childhood

Introduction to the 12 Senses (foundation/physical; middle/soul; Higher/spiritual)

The 3 phases of child development

The Role of the Teacher



Term 3

28 Jul—1 Sept, 
Webinars on Wednesday over 6 weeks,
9pm (Sydney time)

Spring Seminar

4 days spread over 5
26—30 Sep (in person)

Term 4

13 Oct—17 Nov, 
Webinars on Wednesday over 6 weeks,
7.30—9pm (Sydney time)

The Main Lesson Teaching with Visual Arts  Child Development and Life Phases and Social Development
The philosophy of the main lessonThe curriculum overview

Introduction to the Evolution of human consciousness and its relationship to the curriculum

Main lesson overview of Classes 1 to 4 (including fairy tales, fables, grammar and literacy)

Child development and the 7 and 9 year Rubicon

Introduction to Steiner Education

Rudolf Steiner: Holding the class with Loving authority (NESA)

The Essentials of Steiner education (NESA)

Speech, Drama and Voice


 Main lesson overview of class 5 to 8 (including Greeks, Romans and Medieval)Life phases of the 7-14 year old and adolescence

Teaching in the high school – an anthroposophical perspective

Introducing Rudolf Steiner’s Threefold Social Order

Course Delivery: Online & In-Person

Online Zoom weekly Wednesday night lectures from 7.30-9pm (Sydney time) during 4 x 6 week terms per year.

There are also two compulsory seminars which will be held in Sydney in Autumn and Spring. If, due to Covid19, participants are unable to travel to Sydney, we will run the Seminars online. Attendance is vital.

This course runs part time over 1 year and is the foundation for the subsequent year of study, the Steiner Primary Teaching – Certificate (PTC). When you complete the two years of study you will receive our formal certificate which is endorsed by our peak body, Steiner Education Australia.

Steiner Education Primary Teaching – Foundation (PTF), requires attendance at the weekly online Zoom webinars and the two 4-day Seminars. Students access reading materials via our online learning management portal and assessments are uploaded here too. There are no formal pre-requisites required to undertake this course but it is important that students can self manage and dedicate a few hours each week to study the readings, be online for the weekly webinars and attend the Seminars. Some assignments are required for the 3 theoretical courses (Introduction to Anthroposophy, Introduction to Steiner Education, The Study of Life Phases). No assignments are required for the creative modules.

For those participants wanting NESA credits there will be a short questionnaire to complete if the NESA course is run online.

Training Seminar Venues – Either Online or in Sydney (Venue TBC)

All vegetarian Seminar catering included.

Key Dates:

17 Feb – 24 March 2021


11-15 April 2021

12 May-16 June


28 July-1 Sept


26-30 September


13 Oct – 17 Nov

Course Subjects covered in the online webinars and at the Seminars

Introduction to Anthroposophy: The relationship between Anthroposophy and Steiner Education; The 3-fold human being; The 4 lower senses; The Temperaments; The 4-fold human being.

Life Phases: Phases of development of child and adult, soul types and life crises as a pathway towards growth.

Introduction to Steiner Education: The Introduction to Steiner Education module is a very practical course and participants will study, explore and apply the Steiner curriculum, with an emphasis on the 7 – 14-year student age group.

Course Subjects

Art Making Foundations in Rudolf Steiner Education

Group Music Classes Sydney Rudolf Steiner College

Visual and Performing Arts Modules

Painting and Drawing: Goethe and Steiner’s colour theories; shaded drawing; form polarities arising from elements and ethers; working with darkness and light; principles of line, dynamic and transition. Resources provided to support the work of the class teacher.

Music: Elements of music: melody, harmony, rhythm, beat. Writing, reading, singing, listening and playing recorder throughout the lower and upper primary years. Resources provided to support the class teacher.

Speech and Drama: Working with language as a creative and formative forceUsing drama and verse resources to deepen the child’s learning. Resources provided to support the class teacher.

Experience of the visual and performing arts is an essential component of the course and occurs at the Training Seminars. No previous experience is necessary.

Images credit: Watercolours 2020 student Emily Perkin, Blackboard Chalk Drawing Raphaela Mazzone, Colour Drawing Emilia Salgado, Photo from the Steiner Ubud Initiative.

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