Certificate in Rudolf Steiner Education

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Over the past three decades, Taruna has played a significant role in providing courses for would-be teachers and others wishing to explore a new educational environment that honours and addresses what it means to be human at all levels of experience. Students are given the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the special character of Steiner Education as it has been developed by generations of dedicated educators all over the world over the past century.


As of 2016, there are 11 Steiner schools in New Zealand, eight of these are integrated, three are private and one caters for children with special needs. Independent of the schools are several early childhood kindergartens and centres as well as state schools where inspired teachers strive to incorporate Waldorf pedagogy into their practice.  New Zealand Steiner Waldorf schools are part of a global education movement. There are currently over 1000 Steiner/Waldorf schools and several thousand kindergartens in over 60 countries worldwide. The principles that are fundamental to Steiner/Waldorf education are accessible to and are able to be adapted to, the needs of different ethnicities, cultures and religions. Curriculum content allows for the exploration of a wide variety of cultural traditions and world views.

Each school is autonomous and reflects the unique qualities of the culture and place in which it has developed. Steiner Waldorf schools in Aotearoa New Zealand strive to imbue their curricula with the unique spirit and history of this land and its peoples.


The first school was opened in 1919 by a German industrialist, Emil Molt, who recognised that education was the key to finding a way out of the social chaos of post-World War 1 Germany and to growing a new generation of young people who would not want to go to war. He invited Rudolf Steiner, founder of a science of the spirit and path of knowledge known as Anthroposophy, to direct a new school, the Waldorf School in Stuttgart, for the children of workers in his factory.

Steiner’s clear views on child development, the constitution of the human being and the purpose of existence, were like a shaft of light to those educationalists who heard and worked with him. Steiner/Waldorf education has the healthy development of the individual child at its central impulse and fundamental to this is the cultivation of human values. The curriculum supports and enhances the healthiest possible development of the child.



Overview of Programme

The part-time Certificate in Rudolf Steiner Education programme with on-site seminars during school holidays, offers a unique introduction to the impulse, philosophy and methodology of Rudolf Steiner Waldorf Education. Participants develop skills through artistic activities and practical assignments and, through processes of self-discovery and artistic response, develop knowledge and a capacity to promote children’s education, health and well-being. Also, seen as a pre-service pathway to becoming a Rudolf Steiner teacher, it combines theory, art and science with practical skills. The programme takes place at Taruna’s Homestead Campus in a peaceful setting of gardens and trees on the rural edge of the lower slopes of Te Mata Peak, in Havelock North. There is hostel accommodation available onsite.

In this programme, participants will:

  • be introduced to the Waldorf curriculum from early childhood to high school;
  • explore and understand human biography and the stages of child development as a process of incarnation;
  • develop observational skills;
  • develop curriculum resources and references;
  • explore the qualities and techniques from a range of arts and crafts, such as:crse-5
      • Painting
      • Modelling
      • Music
      • Eurythmy
      • Handwork
      • Drawing
      • Creative writing
      • Storytelling and Creative Speech
      • Spatial Dynamics/Movement
  • learn to bring creativity into teaching;
  • support their learning through reflection.

Programme Outline

A foundation will be given on the following themes:

Curriculum: How and when various subjects are taught; how they meet the developmental needs of children and affect their disposition towards health. This includes:

  • Practical Arts – painting, modelling, drawing;
  • Speech and Language, our most human attribute – includes the art of creating and telling stories in the classroom; exploring imaginative, descriptive and instructional written and oral language; grammar as the backbone of language;
  • Mathematics – supporting understanding through a holistic and creative approach;
  • Science – from phenomena to concept, through observation to thinking;
  • History – and mythology, the development of human consciousness.

Rhythms of Life: Daily including Morning Circle, weekly and seasonaly.

Anthropology and Physiology: the human as physical embodiment of soul and spirit, and our relationship to the mineral, plant and animal kingdoms. The organisation of the human being, children’s constitutions, temperaments, and the twelve senses.

Foundations of Waldorf Education: Rudolf Steiner’s indications and practical advice for teachers including the development of the inner life of the teacher.

Education as an Art: the teacher as the ‘artist’ conducting the ‘orchestra’ of the class – celebrating the difference and harmony of children in the class. The ‘breathing’ dynamic of a lesson, including artistic and craft activities for personal development, as well as to develop skills and resources for the classroom.

Programme Structure

This programme includes 3 full-time seminars of 5 days’ duration, beginning at 1pm on the Sunday and finishing at 12.30pm the following Friday. Each of the full days requires 9.00am to 5.00pm attendance. All other directed study is home based.

As a guide, participants need to allow a minimum of 3-5 hours per week of self-directed study outside of the seminar weeks.

On-site seminar learning will include:

  • Workshops, small group processes, lectures and discussions, artistic experience through a variety of media, and exploration through movement.
  • Self-directed home-based study will need a minimum commitment of 3-5 hours per week.

Home-based study will include:

  • Artistic exercises, recording observations and processes and  short research projects.

Record of Studies

At the end of the programme each participant will be issued with a Record of Studies listing the modules and their participation.

At the successful completion of the year and its requirements participants will be issued with the Certificate in Rudolf Steiner Education.

Certificate in Rudolf Steiner Education 2017

Seminar 1 – April 23rd – 28thcrse-2

Seminar 2 – July 16th – 21st

Seminar 3 – October 8th – 13th


Certificate in Rudolf Steiner Education 2017

All students: $2,700 (incl GST)

Early Bird:$2,400 (inc. GST) – If fees paid prior to 1st April 2017

Taruna will provide morning and afternoon tea and lunches while you are studying on site.

  • Participants will need to purchase:
  • Personal stationery and writing materials;
  • Art materials to be used for practice at home;
  • A list of any further requirements will be provided in the Programme Handbook.

The Certificate in Rudolf Steiner Education programme is very popular. Applicants are accepted according to the above criteria on a ‘first come – first served’ basis. Early application is encouraged to ensure a place on the programme.

Student Support

Taruna is a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. Please read the ‘Student Guide’ for more information about support for domestic and international students.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for this programme should have:

  • good academic ability;
  • some experience teaching or working with or parenting children;
  • maturity gained through some years of adult life and work experience, or study;
  • the energy, health and enthusiasm to complete a part-time yet intense year of study.
  • a good standard of written and conversational English.

Those applicants for whom English is not a first language must provide an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) results card and have achieved an overall band score of not less than 6.0. Where IELTS is not available, an equivalent test of English must be provided. For further clarification of this please contact Taruna. [Those wishing to teach in New Zealand will be required by the NZ Teachers’ Council to achieve level 7.0]