Alkion Introduces Restructured Teacher Education Program
GHENT, NY—Hawthorne Valley Alkion Center for Adult Education will launch its restructured Waldorf Teacher Education Program in September 2015. This new structure will allow students to graduate with a Waldorf Teacher certificate after just two years.
Alkion Center co-directors Martina Angela Müller and Patrick Stolfo made the decision to change the Teacher Education Program from a three-year part-time course to a more rigorous two-year part-time course as a way to help aspiring teachers achieve their certification more quickly to meet the growing demand for teachers in Waldorf schools. Many students are also already teaching or assisting in Waldorf schools and were expressing a need to be introduced to the pedagogical content sooner.
“Nationwide, around 600 positions open up for Waldorf teachers every year, while our Waldorf Teacher Education Institutes only graduate about 200 yearly,” Müller said. “The demand for capable, knowledgeable, imaginative and dedicated teachers is very high, and the work at Waldorf schools is both demanding and rewarding.”
Waldorf Education is grounded in the path of inner development outlined by Rudolf Steiner. The curriculum is designed to nurture both the innate moral strength of children and grow free and individual thinking. In a Waldorf school, teachers recognize the child’s intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual capacities. Artistic, cognitive, and practical lessons nurture the potential and uniqueness of each child.
The Alkion Center’s Waldorf Teacher Education Program provides certification to complement a Bachelor’s degree and includes Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy, Student Teaching through partnership with Waldorf schools, specialized Early Childhood Education courses, and artistic courses.
Müller said, “We try to prepare our students for this rich yet challenging work with philosophical, practical and artistic classes that stimulate their desire for self-education and a deepening of understanding human nature and its development.”
The Alkion Center is recognized by the International Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education (IASWECE), the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN), and the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA). To learn more about the Alkion Center’s Waldorf Teacher Education Program, including how to enroll, click here.