Co-Directors: Jana Hawley, MSEd, and Stephen Sagarin, PhD
Sunbridge’s Waldorf Elementary Teacher Education Completion Track is a unique opportunity for seasoned Waldorf elementary educators to earn a Sunbridge diploma in just 13 months.
This is an every year offering. The next cohort enters summer 2022 (intensive dates: July 4-22). See below for admissions information and application.
The Completion Track is intended to serve Waldorf elementary educators with both significant experience and relevant prior coursework who wish to acquire their full Waldorf teaching credentials.
Candidates for Completion Track admission must:
- Have a minimum of 5 consecutive years of full-time lead teaching experience in a Waldorf elementary (grades 1-8) classroom
- Be actively teaching in a Waldorf elementary classroom both at the time of your application and during your enrollment in our program (with exceptions for sabbaticals).
- Have accrued 300 hours of relevant coursework through a variety of workshops, conferences, courses, guided studies, and/or programs delivered by AWSNA- or WECAN-affiliated institutions either in person or in real-time virtual classrooms, in the following categories:
- Anthroposophical studies and human development
- Child development and Waldorf Education
- Curriculum coursework
- Arts and practical activities for the Waldorf elementary classroom
- Arts and practical activities for the educator
NOTE: Graduates of Waldorf-related but non-WECAN- or AWSNA-affiliated courses or programs should contact our admissions office to see whether their prior coursework qualifies them for consideration of admission. Acceptance and allocation of previous coursework as satisfying the 300-hour requirement is at the discretion of the program directors.
- Have completed a minimum of 60 bachelor’s degree credits at an accredited college or university (or the equivalent for international study) or be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program and on track to complete these minimum 60 credits prior to their Sunbridge graduation.
The low-residency Completion Track involves 8 weeks of coursework—a three-week intensive in the first summer, one-week intensives in both November and March of the following school year, and a three-week intensive in the second summer—plus practical work in the classroom. It is designed to be completed over the course of 13 months. (Note: Unless physical safety restrictions necessitate long-distance instruction via Zoom classrooms, all intensives are held on campus.)
The Completion Track consists of courses in the following areas: basic Waldorf pedagogy and child development, subject curriculum and methods, inner development of the teacher, fundamentals for the teacher, anthroposophy, and artistic development.
Besides 8 weeks of (on-campus) classes, every course has assignments to complete during the intensive or (at home) before the end of the term.
Practical Work in the Classroom
As a Completion Track student, you will be connected to a Sunbridge mentor who is a highly experienced Waldorf elementary teacher. This mentor will observe you in your classroom setting for a two-day visit during the school year bounded by the program. This visit will be accompanied by two hours of telephone conferences as a precursor and/or follow-up to the visit. The mentored teaching course also includes a self-evaluation.
Observations may be required; the need for and length of these will be based on each student’s individual teaching, and teacher education, background.
It is expected that Sunbridge’s Elementary Teacher Education program—including its Completion Track—will prepare students to:
• Design activities or lessons that address the appropriate development of children’s thinking, feeling, and willing (commonly called cognition, affect, and behavior)
• Understand, interpret, and apply the philosophy and contemplative practices of Rudolf Steiner to their own preparation and practice, and demonstrate discernment for what is health-promoting for a child’s environment
• Teach in an aesthetic manner that includes the arts to enliven and support children’s learning experiences, as well as their humanity, in developmentally appropriate ways
• Demonstrate the skills necessary to create healthy learning communities within a classroom, school, and learning environment, including working cooperatively and supportively with colleagues and parents
• Regard teaching as ongoing research, and investigate questions using appropriate methods including observation, contemplative practice, and academic research skills
The Completion Track utilizes our regular Elementary program core and adjunct faculty. Please visit our Faculty page to read bios of our Elementary program directors and faculty.
Summer 2022 Intensive
Monday, July 4 – Friday, July 22
Fall 2022 Intensive
Monday, November 7 – Friday, November 11
Spring 2023 Intensive
Monday, March 6 – Friday, March 10
Successful completion of their Sunbridge studies enables Completion Track graduates who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution to receive 12 credits toward a fully-accredited SUNY master of education or master of arts in liberal studies degree with self-designed concentration in Waldorf Education, through Sunbridge’s partnership with Empire State College of the State University of New York.
A completed application consists of:
- A completed application form
- Current résumé
- Personal statement
- Two letters of recommendation, each accompanied by your signed letter of recommendation form and sent by your recommender directly to the Sunbridge Institute Admissions Office
- Letter/s from employer/s verifying your five consecutive years of Waldorf lead teaching
- Copies of certificate/s of completion or other documentation listing prior relevant coursework
- Either an official transcript from your degree-granting institution indicating your highest degree earned, or official transcript/s from degree-granting institution/s indicating 60 college credits earned
- Non-refundable $50 application fee. Applications submitted after May 1 must include a $50 late fee
If mailing your materials, please send to:
Sunbridge Institute Office of Admissions
285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977
Upon receipt of all materials, the program director will contact you for a phone interview. After the interview takes place, admissions decisions are sent out on a rolling basis. Applicants, especially those applying for financial aid, are encouraged to apply before the May 1 deadline.
Sunbridge is approved by the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to invite the transfer of foreign students into the United States to study at our Institute. We welcome students from all over the world to join our student body and engage in the pursuit of becoming a Waldorf teacher.
Applying for a visa with the support of Sunbridge Institute.
NOTE: All applicants whose first language is not English or who have taken their prior education in a non-English-speaking college or university must demonstrate oral and written proficiency in English during the admissions process (through a hand written personal statement and phone conversation). Taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) may be required.
Please contact our admissions office at [email protected] / 845-425-0055 x20
Please Note: Sunbridge Institute Waldorf Teacher Education programs and intensives are recognized by AWSNA, the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, and are licensed by BPSS, the Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision of the New York State Education Department. These offerings do not lead to New York State teaching certification.
Sunbridge Institute reserves the right to cancel or change any offering at any time and to make faculty or course substitutions when necessary.
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