EduCareDo Teacher's Certificate

Milkwood Steiner School Darwin Class 5_6 2010


The EduCareDo Teacher’s Certificate is a new initiative that has come about at the request of teachers and management in Waldorf Schools in a number of countries to complement their in-house training.


Waldorf education, also known as Steiner education, is based on the educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, the founder of anthroposophy. Its pedagogy emphasises the role of imagination in learning and strives to integrate wholistically the intellectual, practical, and artistic development of the student. The focus of Waldorf education is to impart to the students an understanding of and appreciation for their place in the world, not primarily as members of any specific nation, gender, ethnic group or race, but as members of humanity and world citizens.

The EduCareDo course offers the background and language of anthroposophy, which underpins Waldorf education. It is suitable for all teachers including; those already teaching in a Waldorf school who want to enhance their understanding of anthroposophy, teachers in other schools who would like to enrich their teaching experience with the principles of anthroposophy, student teachers, and teachers who are aiming to work within a Waldorf school..The course is self-directed and designed to give freedom in learning.


The  course lessons and the fee is the same for both the Foundation Certificate and the Teacher's Certificate. To receive a Teacher's Certificate, a person studies the same Foundations Course and must complete the requirements for a Foundation Certificate plus the requirements for a Teacher's Certificate. Click here for a list of lessons.

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Foundation Certificate Requirements

Diary Sheets: The diary sheet at the end of each of the 26 lessons is submitted. The diary sheets are sent at the end of each set of lessons as outlined below.


Two Artistic Expressions: Two artistic expressions are submitted; one from the first half of the year (Lessons 1 - 14), and one from the second (Lessons 15 - 26). Artistic expressions include such things as poetry, painting, sculpture, musical pieces or dramatic performances. Copies can be submitted to EduCareDo as a photocopy, photograph or video of the original.


Confidential constructive feedback is given for these submissions by an EduCareDo tutor.


Teacher's Certificate Requirements


To receive the teacher's certificate, students fulfil the above requirements with these additional requirements.


Written Tasks: Submit four 750 – 1,000-word essays on topics you've chosen from within each of the groups of lessons  (i.e. four written tasks – one topic from each group of lessons). Interest in the topics is extended by supplemental reading and thinking about the effects on teaching.


Mentoring Relationship: Mentor relationships are formed with teachers within the Waldorf teaching community or another person working from the impulse of anthroposophy who is willing to support you to engage more strongly with a topic that you wish to explore more fully. A topic is selected from each of the set of lessons outlined below.


There are different options to fulfil the mentoring relationship requirement:

  1. Work within a study group. A question can be brought to a study group and the question and discussion are noted on the mentoring diary sheet at that time and signed off.
  2. Having more than one mentor. Questions can be brought to different class teachers who are working with the subject pertaining to the EduCareDo lesson with which you are working.
  3. Or, someone who has a background in anthroposophy can be approached for mentoring conversations.

The idea that lives behind the mentoring conversations is to bring one's learning experience into living material for social imaginations.


The Mentor Diary is used to make notes of the mentoring discussions, reflections and questions on the subject chosen from the content of the course. There is one topic selected from each set of lessons, i.e., Lessons 1 -7, 8-14, etc.


The Written Task and the Mentor Diary are submitted to EduCareDo after:

  • Lesson   7 (Lessons 1 - 7)
  • Lesson 14 (Lessons 8 - 14)
  • Lesson 20 (Lessons 15 - 20)
  • Lesson 26 (Lessons 21 - 26)

Click here for a list of lessons. An EduCareDo tutor assesses the diary sheets and essays and provides you with feedback and thought-provoking questions to enhance the learning experience. The submissions are not graded and are held in confidence between you and the tutor.


Further Study: Students are asked to engage with others to fulfil 25 hours towards professional development over the length of the course. Attending anthroposophical themed courses, lectures or conferences, or participating in study groups or online forums meets this requirement.


An Introduction to Some of the Tutors

Richard Turner

Richard has been engaged in anthroposophy since 1992 and has been a mentor for people as they deepen their understanding of anthroposophy. He completed the Parsifal Orientation Course and Teacher Training, holds a Diploma of Education, a Bachelor of Honours in European Studies and a Master of Arts in Counselling and Philosophy.


James Deefholts

James Deefholts is a Waldorf class teacher and an adult educator in child development. He holds a Bachelor of Education and completed his Waldorf teacher training at Parsifal College in Sydney. James has been teaching since 2005 and is currently completing his second class teacher period from Grade 1. He has served as the Chair of College at Chrysalis Steiner School for the past four years as well as being a long-standing board member. James works in collaboration with Lisa Romero to provide professional development to teachers in the area of working with social understanding, gender, and sexuality for young people.


Melanie Deefholts

Melanie’s studies in anthroposophy started with EduCareDo and the complementary workshop series Towards Health and Healing. This extended into the commitment to inner work path instructions within anthroposophy, which has been the source of ongoing development as she raises her four children in Waldorf Schools. She now works as an adult educator offering practical applications of child development to understand babies and children in daily life with the insight of anthroposophy. Melanie works collegially with Waldorf school staff and as part of Developing the Self Developing the World, and in private consultation with individuals.


Lisa Romero

Since 1996 Lisa has been providing teacher professional development for all grades; from Kindergarten to Class 12. She works extensively with many schools and professional development programs around the world. Lisa contributed to the EduCareDo lessons including male/female spirituality and nutrition. For more information about Lisa's work go to