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Master of Arts Degree in Education, Concentration Waldorf

Rudolf Steiner College's  MA in Education Program is not open for enrollment.

RSC's opportunity to earn a Master of Arts Degree in Education, Concentration Waldorf entails additional coursework and concurrent enrollment in the following modalities.  


The MA Program consists of two parts: Waldorf Teacher Education (foundation studies and pedagogical classes) and classes in research and methods that culminate in a thesis or capstone project. The program offers three areas of specialization: early childhood, grades (elementary), and high school (secondary) education.  The structure of the MA provides an excellent framework for deepening and extending knowledge and for investigating questions or areas of interest through a combination of scholarly study and action-based research. 


  • Seminars on the literature of Waldorf pedagogy and educational philosophy in the context of contemporary educational trends;
  • Seminars on the best and most effective practice of research methodologies in education;
  • Work with mentors who are well-versed in the field of education;
  • The invaluable experience of being a member of a cohort of like-minded peers and instructors who share your curiosity and passion about education;
  • The opportunity and support to study in depth an area of interest.


  1. How do I enroll? This Program in not accepting applications. The College’s Waldorf Teacher Education Program is a graduate-level Program through which students may earn a Waldorf Teaching Diploma and also a Master’s Degree in Education, Concentration Waldorf. Waldorf Teacher Education Program applicants and students enrolled in any of the Program’s modalities may also apply for concurrent enrollment in the MA.
  2. What will be covered in the first classes? The first two days of classes provide the foundation of your studies. We will introduce and describe the program and give an introduction to the field of educational research. We will do some initial exploration of topics and approaches and review work that has been completed by RSC M.A. students. You will learn to navigate online search engines. The second class will continue to build your (re)search skills and will provide a survey of major educational theorists, which is important as a context for your studies.
  3. How many credits is the MA? To earn the MA Degree, there are 6 credits in addition to those required for the Waldorf Teacher Education Program modality (i.e., the research and methods classes and thesis/capstone are valued at 6 credits).
  4. What workload should I expect in the first year? The first year is largely one of exploration; you will have reading assignments and will be expected to commence the process of reflecting on and exploring areas of interest. Note that there will be writing assignments associated with class work. In the first year, these are short assignments.
  5. When do I select my topic or area of interest? This generally happens as you enter Year II in the second summer. You then begin to narrow your search and commence your exploration in a more focused way.
  6. Will I have an advisor? When? Yes; you will have an advisor when you enter Year II. You may be in contact with M.A. faculty during your first year as questions come up.
  7. What about accreditation? Our M.A. is registered with the Bureau of Private Post-Secondary Education. We are candidates for WASC accreditation; the earliest possibility for full accreditation is June 2016. Although we intend to achieve accreditation, we can make no promises about future status. Once we achieve accreditation, degrees will be from an accredited institution.
  8. Who will teach and advise the M.A. program? Our M.A. program has a wonderful team of faculty members who may have teaching and/or advising responsibilities. They include: Program Chair Edmund Knighton, Ph.D.; Liz Beaven, Ed.D.; Patrick Wakeford-Evans, M.A.; Robert McDermott, Ph.D.; Joan Caldarera, Ed.D.; Robert Hickman, Ph.D.  You will receive brief biographies of all faculty members to give you an idea of their background, approach to research, and areas of expertise.

Rudolf Steiner College is a developing member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).  The College has been approved to operate in the State of California by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).  The College has been approved by BPPE to offer the MA Degree. The College also has been awarded accreditation candidacy status by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).  

Notice to prospective MA Degree program students:

Rudolf Steiner College is approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to offer degree programs. To continue to offer degree programs, this institution must meet the following requirements:

  • Become institutionally accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, with the scope of the accreditation covering at least one degree program.
  • Achieve accreditation candidacy or pre-accreditation, as defined in regulations, by July 1, 2017, and full accreditation by July 1, 2020.

If this institution stops pursuing accreditation, it must:

  • Stop all enrollment in its degree programs, and
  • Provide a teach-out to finish the educational program or provide a refund.

An institution that fails to comply with accreditation requirements by the required dates shall have its approval to offer degree programs automatically suspended.