• Date Jan 14 2017 - Dec 15 2019
  • Venue Taruna College NZ
  • Website

New Zealand Steiner Teacher Diploma

(Early Childhood) (NZSTD-EC)

Taruna is very pleased to announce that the first intake of the three year part time IASWECE/New Zealand Steiner Teacher Diploma (EC) will start in January 2017.

The NZSTD(EC) is a co-initiative with the Federation of Waldorf/Steiner Schools and endorsed by the International Association of Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Education (IASWECE). Taruna coordinates the NZSTD(EC), and delivers the seminars that are central to this Diploma. This programme has been specifically designed for people working in Steiner kindergartens, early childhood centres and playgroups, who would like to have a formal Steiner qualification. If this does not apply to you, please still get in touch as we might be able to help you find a workable solution.

What will it do?

The programme will offer a sustained and organised pathway of Professional Development for those who wish to deepen and extend their knowledge, and make conscious their practice of Rudolf Steiner pedagogy as it relates to the young child.

Its intention is to re-examine and open up both thinking and practices, to discover why we do what we do, through active listening, questioning, reflection and engagement on a practical level.

The three streams of cultural and environmental influence, of human developmental phases, and that of individual spiritual development, will be brought together to address the child in its fullness, and underpin an approach to Early Childhood education that allows for the unfolding of the child’s true being in a healthy, integrated manner. The seminars will have a substantial practical component.

What form will this programme take?

The programme will be delivered over three years in six 5-day seminars (generally arranged to be in the school holidays) in January and July or September, starting on 14th January 2017. The first seminar will start at 5.00pm in the afternoon and run until 12.30pm on 19 January. The seminars are held at Taruna. The dates for the subsequent seminars are subject to confirmation.

Participants will be expected to take this on as a professional development pathway, not as isolated modules. As well as providing training and development, this programme will offer a great opportunity for meeting and sharing with colleagues on a regular basis.

In between the seminars it is expected that readings, journaling, meetings/conversations with a mentor and some practical/action research work will be undertaken. Assignment work as well as giving presentations to co-participants of the course will be part of this course as well.

What if I don’t work in a Steiner centre?

If you do not work in a Steiner centre and there is no experienced Steiner mentor available to you, you are still welcome to participate in this course.

  • You will, however NOT receive the New Zealand Steiner Teacher Certificate (EC), but you will receive a Certificate of Attendance.
  • You may also opt to do a yearly 2 week Practicum in a Steiner centre and connect with a mentor at this centre. The costs involved in this are not covered by the course fees. You will then receive a New Zealand Steiner Teacher Diploma (EC) at the completion of the course, the mentor work and the seminars.

Who teaches at the course?

Kathy MacFarlane and Edith van der Meer, as coordinators of this course, will be joined in the delivery of the seminars, by a variety of skilled teachers with wide ranging experience from relevant fields.

These seminars are opportunities for learning, so we do not plan to use the limited time we have at seminars to measure what the participants have learnt. Some formal assessment as well as the in-service components of mentoring, journaling and study will be logged and their completion is seen as vital in achieving the New Zealand Steiner Teacher Diploma (EC).

What does it cost?

The cost per year is $1,995.48 incl GST ($997.74 incl GST per seminar). This includes all materials, morning and afternoon teas, delicious vegetarian lunches and dinner on the night of the first seminar.

We are now seeking enrolments for this exciting course. Please return the completed application form to us no later than 15 December 2016. Entry in the course will be on a first-come-first-served basis, providing the applicant meets the criteria for entry. Please enrol early so you do not miss out.

We look forward to hearing from you. Please find enclosed:

  • An application form
  • An overview of the themes covered in this three year course

Please note: the programme is subject to slight alteration due to the needs of the group and the availability of tutors.

Warm regards,

Edith van der Meer

Programme Director of Early Childhood