Steiner Education Primary Teaching – Foundation PTF

Enrolments and Fees

Course Fee: $3400


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), in Rudolf Steiner Education explore theoretical, practical and artistic modules that will give you a comprehensive experience of Rudolf Steiner Education.

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

These two courses are delivered as separate part- time courses over one year each. When both are completed, a Certificate in Rudolf Steiner Education is awarded. (Statements of Attainment are awarded for individual modules on completion).


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: For NSW proficient level teachers undertaking the Steiner Education Primary Teaching – Foundation, we can provide 32 hours of NESA accreditation. There is an additional $120 cost for the administration of your NESA accreditation. Please note you must be a NESA proficient level teacher to receive NESA credit for your training with us.

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,, +61 467 953 881

Course Fees & Payment Options

Full Annual Payment with Discount
Total Course Fee $3230.00 including the 5% discount, if the total annual fee is paid upfront before 15 Jan 2021.


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

Term Payments
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 October.

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).

Payment Plan

Setting up a payment plan can be organised with the College without an additional administrative fee.

Please contact Sydney Rudolf Steiner College to discuss the 2021 payment plan options.

To enrol in this course please pay the annual course fees in full or the first term fee, as a minimum. Sydney Rudolf Steiner College will then activate your enrolment and send you an emailed enrolment confirmation, login and course details.

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 6 Week Webinar
on Wednesday, 7.30—9pm (Sydney time)

Autumn Seminar

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

Term 2

12 May—16 Jun 6 Week Webinar
on Wednesday, 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 Steiner Education

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

The Essentials of Steiner education (NESA)

Introduction to Artistic practice

Music in a Steiner school


Speech, Drama and Voice

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, 6 Week Webinar
on Wednesday, 7.30
9pm (Sydney time)

Spring Seminar

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

Term 4

13 Oct—17 Nov, 6 Week Webinar
on Wednesday, 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

Morning talks on 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

Learning about Craft in the Classroom

The Art of Blackboard Drawing


 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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