Message to Prospective Students
Congratulations on embarking on the inspiring path of becoming a Waldorf teacher. As a Waldorf alumna myself, I wholeheartedly applaud your decision to enter this amazing profession.
Deciding to become a Waldorf educator — and then determining which Waldorf teacher education program is right for you — requires careful consideration and sometimes a great deal of research. To help make this process a bit easier for our prospective program students, we’ve put together some resources that we hope will be of use. And if you’d like more personal assistance, I’m here to help.
Just starting to investigate Waldorf teaching?
Here are some recommendations both within our website and elsewhere to help familiarize you with Waldorf Education and what it’s like to be a Waldorf teacher:
- On our website, our Program Overview, Waldorf Education, and FAQ pages
- On the website of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), an FAQ on Waldorf Education and an FAQ on Waldorf teacher education
- On the website of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN), an article on the essentials of Waldorf early childhood education written by Susan Howard, Coordinator and Board Chair of WECAN and also Co-Director of our Early Childhood Teacher Education Program
Once you’ve determined that you’re ready to pursue a career as a Waldorf teacher (or maybe you’re already teaching in a Waldorf setting but are now ready to embark on your formal education and earn your diploma), these links will tell you more about teacher education options at Sunbridge:
- Early Childhood Teacher Education
- Elementary Teacher Education
- Elementary Music Teacher Education
- Grades 1-12 World Language Teacher Education
- Admissions Information
These links may further help you envision the Sunbridge experience:
- A description of our unique setting and community
- Our winter 2015 Sunbridge blog entry about the backgrounds of Sunbridge students
- Our eBrochure
Interested in more hands-on research?
If you’ve done all the reading and would like to learn more first-hand, these Sunbridge courses, workshops, and events have been designed with prospective Waldorf teachers in mind:
- Early Childhood Teacher Education Open Day / Elementary Teacher Education Open Day
Our twice-yearly Open Days enable prospective program students to visit Sunbridge while our programs are in session so you can learn about our teacher education offerings directly from our faculty and students. Check our Events calendar to see when the next Open Day is being held.
- Waldorf Weekend
This popular hands-on workshop, covering all the basics of Waldorf Education for prospective teachers and other Waldorf community members, is offered each summer and winter. Our next upcoming Weekend takes place July 21-23. (Our Waldorf Weekend almost always sells out, so register early!)
- Introduction to Waldorf Early Childhood Education
This Sunbridge Summer Series course covers all the fundamentals. Summer 2017 dates: June 25-30.
- You may also want to contact your local Waldorf school to learn what events they may have to offer fledgling Waldorf educators and other interested in finding out about Waldorf Education.
Still have questions?
If you have any questions about Waldorf teaching or studying at Sunbridge, or if you’d like to set up a phone conversation or an in-person meeting to learn more, I invite you to fill out our Inquiry Form or to email or call me directly. My office hours are generally 10:30-3, Monday-Friday. If you’ve already applied and have a question about the status of your application, you can contact our Administrative Assistant, Jennifer Melendez, at email@example.com or 845-425-0055 x17; Jen generally works from 8-2, Monday-Thursday.
I look forward to helping you on your path to Waldorf teaching, and wish you a wonderful journey.
Admissions and Summer Series Coordinator