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  • 9200 Fair Oaks Blvd, Fair Oaks, CA 95628
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Early Childhood

Early Childhood Waldorf Teacher Education

Rudolf Steiner College offers four different Early Childhood Education (ECE) tracks for future teachers who plan to work with young children. We are pleased to offer a complete birth to seven early childhood training that prepares our students for teaching in parent-infant, parent-child, nursery and kindergarten classes. There are full-time and part-time programs designed to fit your schedule.

Our early childhood programs are based on the latest research and our understanding of the need to protect the wonder of childhood, including the child’s right to learn through creative play. The curriculum is focused on developmentally appropriate care giving and education with emphasis on the young child’s physical, emotional and mental health. Students learn activities that help foster enthusiastic learning, intellectual growth, self-esteem and social responsibility.


  • B.A. or B.S. from an accredited college or university; degree does not need to be in education.  
  • Current, passing CBEST Scores (must be completed prior to entry into the second year).

Program Overview

This is a two-year, full-time residential program that follows a nine-month, 30-week schedule from September through May. Classes take place Monday through Thursday from 8:15 AM till 3:20 PM, the Foundation Year also meets on Fridays 8:15 AM till 12:30 PM. Additionally, elective classes are offered in evening and weekend sessions.

Year One - Foundation

Foundation in Anthroposophy: The Nature of the Human Being • Human Development • The Evolution of Consciousness • Rudolf Steiner’s Life and Work • Personal Biography and Life Cycles • Visual and Performing Arts • Nature Study • Cosmology

Introduction to Waldorf Education: The Theory and Practice of Waldorf Education • Waldorf Curriculum and Methods • Child Development and Observation
Other areas of study: The Arts • Threefold Social Sustainability • American Studies

Year Two - Teacher Education, Curriculum, Pedagogy and Field Experience

The Philosophical Foundations of Waldorf Education: Knowledge of the Human Being • Inner Development of the Teacher • School, Community and the Individual • The mindfulness practice of Waldorf methodology

The Artistic Approach in the Practice of Teaching includes the following: The Time Arts (speech, drama, music, movement) • The Visual Arts (painting, drawing, clay, etc.)
Curriculum Work • Development, Differentiation and Delivery • Waldorf Pedagogy 

The Early Childhood Education curriculum includes: Storytelling, singing, circle and craft activities; fundamentals of establishing kindergartens, preschools, parent-child and child care programs; working with licensing agencies and the community at large; and much, much more!

Field Experience: Apprentice in the classroom with Master Waldorf teachers and share in the subtleties of their craft (8 weeks total, 4 weeks in both the first and second semesters)


Successful completion of this program culminates in a Waldorf Teaching Diploma. An M.A. option is available*.

How to Apply

For further information use these links: Admissions Process, Admissions Requirements, Program Tuition and Fees, and Financial Aid, or contact us with any questions you may have.

Please visit the BPPE Report and School Performance Fact Sheets webpage for information such as enrollment, graduation and employment of graduates for this program. 

Program Director

Lauren R. Hickman, MA, directs the Waldorf Teacher Education Program for Early Childhood, and is the Early Childhood Department Chair. Lauren is a passionate advocate for young children and their families. She holds a M.A. in Education from Touro University, an Early Childhood Teaching Diploma from Rudolf Steiner College, a B.A. in International Relations from U.C. Davis and an A.A .in Chemistry from American River College. An alumna of the Sacramento Waldorf School, she has been a Waldorf Educator for over nineteen years, as a Parent-Infant, Parent-Child, Nursery and Kindergarten Teacher. She is a former Waldorf school administrator and has served on several non-profit boards. Lauren is an early childhood mentor and a Licensed Preschool Director. One of Lauren's particular interests is bringing Waldorf education into everyday life, by teaching parenting classes to homeless mothers, working with at risk families and by bringing festivals, puppetry and storytelling to the greater community.


*M.A. in Waldorf Education: The Master of Arts in Education with a Concentration in Waldorf Education from Rudolf Steiner College has been reviewed by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), by which Rudolf Steiner College was awarded Candidacy for Accreditation as of 3/08/12. RSC has institutional approval from the California State Bureau for Private and Post Secondary Education (BPPE), which has also approved the MA Program. For further information, please visit Admissions. See the Colege Catalog for requirements and course descriptions. If you would like one of our faculty or staff to contact you about our MA options, please e-mail