Waldorf World Language Teacher Education
Sunbridge’s certificate program in Waldorf World Language Teacher Education is designed for current or aspiring Waldorf world language teachers.
Director/lead faculty: Yolanda Navarro
This offering is under the auspices of the Sunbridge Waldorf Elementary Teacher Education program: Jana Hawley, MSEd, director.
This offering is designed to provide Waldorf world language teachers with an informed understanding of the Waldorf curriculum and the anthroposophical view of child development, enabling these individuals to be more fully integrated members of their school community and to meet their students through the lens of a Waldorf educator.
This is an every-other-year offering and will next enroll summer 2019. We are now accepting applications for the 2019 cohort (intensive dates: July 8-26, 2019). See below for applications and details on the admissions process.
The Academic Experience
During their three-week campus study, Sunbridge world language students focus on the theoretical considerations and practical aspects of world language teaching through the grades. There is additional daily coursework in child development, inner development, Waldorf pedagogy, and the arts. While the thrust of the practical activities will be on grades 1-8 teaching, high school world language teachers will also benefit from attending this program. Reading fundamental texts by Rudolf Steiner and instruction in developing a meditative practice is included in the experience, as is a one-week observation of an experienced Waldorf world language teacher that takes place during the following school year.
Through this experience, you will discover:
- How to teach world languages in accordance with Waldorf Education. In addition to large group instruction in teaching world languages in general, you will be given opportunities to work in small groups with same-language colleagues, developing and sharing ideas concerning curricular themes, celebrating festivals and practical activities.
- The anthroposophical basis for learning new languages and why learning and acquiring a new language is so important to child development
- How to address the challenge world language teachers face in the classroom, including time management, classroom management, curriculum development, and lesson planning
As a student in the Sunbridge World Language Teacher Education certificate program, you will study alongside students from Sunbridge’s three-year Elementary Teacher Education diploma program, many of whom are practicing Waldorf teachers. This academic environment will provide you with the benefit of developing colleagueship among fellow Waldorf educators. Through your studies, you will gain a Waldorf pedagogical understanding of the child and a knowledge of how that understanding relates to world language study. This will lead to a deepening of the curriculum for both you as a world language teacher and the Waldorf class and other subject teachers with whom you work, allowing for a more informed partnership.
“It is hard to say what was most significant. I have pages and pages of notes and many many essential and enlightening lessons. I particularly appreciated the wonderful collaboration with my classmates.”
“I (now) understand the development of the child and how it should affect our teaching. I feel much better prepared for the school year and am very happy that I came!”
~ Sunbridge World Language Teacher Education students
The world language program is comprised of a three-week on-campus summer study, plus a one-week observation of an experienced Waldorf world language teacher.
The required one-week observation of an experienced Waldorf world language teacher will be arranged for a mutually-convenient time and setting during the academic year that follows. Observations must be completed by June of that academic year.
Teaching World Languages I
Teaching World Languages II
Inner Development (weeks 1-2)
Elective (week 3)
Chorus and Recorder
You will be asked to bring with you curriculum ideas (verses, songs, games) to share and discuss.
Director / Faculty
This certificate program is designed for those currently teaching world languages in Waldorf schools or those who aspire to become Waldorf world language teachers. Applicants must complete an application form and submit all required application materials, including a letter of reference from someone qualified to speak to your suitability for the vocation of Waldorf world language teacher and your ability to be successful in this program. Applicants must possess a high school diploma; a bachelor’s degree is not required. Financial aid is available.
- Applications may be completed online or accessed via a pdf download. Or you may request to have a paper version sent to you by filling out an inquiry form or by contacting us at 845-425-0055 x20.
- A completed application includes:
- Application form – completed, signed and dated
- Non-refundable $50 application fee. Applications received without this fee will not be processed.
- Current resumé
- Personal statement
- One letter of recommendation. Your letter should be sent from your recommender directly to the Sunbridge Institute Admissions Office
- If applicable, a transcript from your degree-granting institution, or any college attended. Otherwise, a high school transcript or diploma.
- If applying for Financial Aid, all appropriate paperwork
- Send all materials to:
Sunbridge Institute Office of Admissions
285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977
Once your application is received, we review it for completeness and contact you to arrange a phone interview with the program director. Admissions decisions are sent out soon thereafter, on a rolling basis.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible, especially those applying for financial aid. Applications submitted less than five weeks before the start of the program are considered on a space-available basis and must contain a $50 late application fee.
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.
Read about Financial Aid.
Combine with Elementary Program
Sunbridge world language students may now elect to combine their specialized world language studies with matriculation in our Elementary Teacher Education program and receive a Waldorf teacher education diploma with concentration in world language teaching. Matriculation in our elementary program entails meeting certain admission requirements, such as having earned 60 credits from an accredited college or university, and paying full program tuition. If you would like to learn more about this option, please contact Admissions, Alumni, and Summer Coordinator Penelope-Myles Voss (firstname.lastname@example.org / 845-425-0055 x20).
Contact Penelope-Myles Voss
Admissions, Alumni, and Summer Coordinator
email@example.com / 845-425-0055 x20.
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