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Gradalis is Program Accredited by ACCET, the Accreditation Council of Continuing Education and Trainings, located in Washington D.C.
What does this mean? As an institution accredited by ACCET, the Accreditation Council of Continuing Education & Trainings, Gradalis professional development hours qualify across state lines for required hours to maintain teaching certification etc. Since 1978, ACCET has been officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a “reliable authority” specific to the quality of education and professional development provided by institutions it accredits.
When does the Professional Development Program start for new students?
June 21st, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. Waldorf Teacher Training
The Program really begins for the first semester in the summer. While Gradalis does allow rolling enrollment, beginning during a summer semester is preferred. Now and then, students begin in the fall semester due to life circumstances. Students are generally not allowed to begin the program during the Spring semester.
How long is the Program for Independent and Public School Teachers – Early Childhood Education, Elementary Grades 1 – 8, and Working with Special Needs?
26 months. Two school years and three summers. The program is divided into 7 Semester Units.
- 2 day orientation for teachers new to this type of Education each summer
- three Summer Intensives (two weeks each)
- one practicum weekend each fall and spring semester
- eight grade level webinars per school year
- two philosophical webinars each fall and spring semester
- two pedagogical webinars each fall and spring semester
- one field mentor visit to your classroom each fall and spring semester
- total of 26 months of instruction and professional development coursework
When can I get into the Program?
Each training begins in the Summer. Be sure to apply as soon as possible. Click HERE to go straight to the on line application.
Where is the Program in the Summer – for Early Childhood Education, Elementary Grades 1 – 8, and Working with Special Needs?
Summer Intensive Program was located at Wasatch Charter School in Salt Lake City, Utah from summer 2016 through summer 2018. However, Gradalis moved to Denver, Colorado in the fall of 2018.
What can I expect in each semester of the professional development program?
- The Summer Intensives include: Arts (eurythmy and movement, painting and drawing, singing and instruments), biography, philosophical foundations, and curriculum overview and preparation for the grade you will be entering in the coming school year.
- The fall and spring include one practicum weekend each. These are generally held from early Friday through early Sunday afternoon or may be scheduled on a Saturday through Monday if there is a holiday on Monday.
- There are eight grade-level webinars to support upcoming main lesson blocks.
- Four philosophical webinars per school year that teach Anthroposophical philosophy and inner development, as well as instruction useful to teachers and administrators.
- Four pedagogical webinars per year focused on Child Study, Class Observations, standards, assessment and remedial approaches in schools inspired by Waldorf principles.
- Internship/Externship is allowed in your own classroom, as Gradalis students are generally working teachers in public and private schools inspired by Waldorf principles. Homework and reflections on classroom practice are integral to this part of the program.
- A Field Mentor will visit you in your classroom once each semester during the school year to observe and provide insight into the pedagogy and best practices for your classroom and your growth as a teacher.
- Work with other teachers across the nations and share techniques, songs, stories, art and much more. Many students say that one of the best parts of the training is creating life long friendships and a support network for the journey of teaching.
- Block content per each grade in a variety of forms.
What is the result of this type of program?
This type of program allows teachers to stay in the classroom while completing their learning. Experienced & Certified Waldorf instructors lead students through blocks, artistic work and classroom management. Students will experience the arts and story-telling in a classroom setting to prepare them to be the best teacher they can be. As a result of this multifaceted training, teachers feel more prepared and confident to face the ongoing challenges of running a classroom.
Will I have homework?
Yes, you will have homework. The homework is designed to impart the philosophical understanding of the pedagogy through three main avenues:
- Lectures by experienced Waldorf instructors
- Reading of the basic books by Steiner and other assigned articles & books
- Discussion with mentors and fellow classmates
Other homework includes:
- Journaling and inner work
- Preparation and demonstration of your work in the classroom. This demonstration is meant to focus on your actual classroom work.
Such work includes:
- Sharing pictures of your Main Lesson books, paintings, board drawings, etc. These are shared during Grade Level Webinars.
- Field Mentoring on-site at your school and in your classroom.
- Visiting the classroom of an experienced Waldorf teacher from another school
Instructors are respectful of the daily demands on our students as class teachers when assigning homework. Keep in mind that the homework must be done in order to successfully complete the program. We hope to be able to offer some assistance in the future, however at this time, funding is up to the student and/or the school. Homework is designed to come from the work you will be doing in your classroom and for your personal development.
What are the methods of payment?
Tuition is payable by cash, check, or automatic transfer. Gradalis invoices students as per their personal Tuition Agreement. Monthly and Semester Payments Plans are possible. Tuition must be paid in advance of each semester. Full Tuition must be paid completely prior to the last semester of the program. Automatic reoccurring payments or payment by Gradalis Invoices are preferred.
Does Gradalis offer student loans or tuition assistance?
Our program does not qualify for Federal Student Aid. Loans may be acquired from a bank or private lending institution. We do not provide tuition assistance. Funding is up to the student and/or the school they work in. Schools often subsidize teacher professional development program. Ask your school’s education director and board if your school offers any type of financial support for professional development. We hope to be able to offer some assistance in the future, however at this time, funding is up to the student and/or the school. Waldorf teacher training
Does Gradalis offer college credit?
Gradalis is not a degree granting institution.
Will charter school start-up grants cover Gradalis Professional Development hours?
Depending on your Start up Grant—Yes. Our professional development program does not offer credits or a degree. Tuition payments are generally covered by Start-up grants. Make sure you check on your particular grant to be sure.