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When does the teacher training start for new students?
June 22nd, 2018 in Holladay, Utah. Waldorf Teacher Training
Training really beings 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 training during the Spring semester.
How long is the Teacher Training for Independent and Public Waldorf School Candidate-Teachers – Early Childhood Education Training, Elementary Grades 1 – 8, and Working with Special Needs?
26 months. Two school years and three summers. The training is divided into 7 Semester Units.
- 2 day orientation for teachers new to Waldorf 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 training
When can I get into a training?
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 Training in the Summer – for Early Childhood Education Training, Elementary Grades 1 – 8, and Working with Special Needs
Summer training has been at Wasatch Charter School in Salt Lake City, Utah, however, the training may move to Denver or Colorado Springs, Colorado in the summer of 2019.
What can I expect in each semester of the teacher training program?
- The Summer Intensives include: Arts (eurythmy and movement, painting and drawing, singing and instruments), biography, Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy, 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 held from early Friday through late Saturday evening.
- 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, Waldorf standards, assessment and remedial approaches in Waldorf schools.
- Internship/Externship is allowed in your own classroom, as Gradalis students are generally working teachers in Waldorf public and private schools. Homework and reflections on classroom practice are integral to this part of the training.
- A Field Mentor will visit you in your classroom once each semester during the school year to observe and provide insight in Waldorf 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 training?
This type of training allows teachers to stay in the classroom while completing their training. Experienced 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 Waldorf pedagogy through three main avenues:
- lectures by experienced Waldorf teachers
- 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.
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.
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?
Friends of Gradalis is our non-profit organization designed to obtain grants and funding for program development and student scholarships. 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 and Waldorf training. Ask your school’s education director and board if your school offers any type of financial support for your training. 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 tuition of Teacher Training?
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.