Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I start?
You can start at any time through the year. There are no on-going costs – you only pay once when your register for the course.
A new ‘class’ begins every fortnight for the students who have enrolled during those 2 weeks. Most students received their lessons via email. It is possible to be sent printed lessons to a postal address at an extra cost.
How much does the course cost?
The price for the 26 lessons is $450. A discount of $100 is given for students enrolling with a study group of 6 or more people. Or a discount of $50 from the full price is given to anyone who is already a part of a anthroposophical initiative such as a Waldorf School, a bio-dynamic farmer or health practitioner. The Foundation Certificate or the Teacher's Certificate is issued at no extra cost once the requirements are fulfilled.
Do I need to purchase extra books?
It is up to you. There is a supplemental reading list at the end of each lesson for those who wish to go further into the work for themselves. There are also recommended reading lists, which come at the beginning and halfway through the course. Many people find that the Educaredo course is a helpful preparation to working with the more challenging text written by Rudolf Steiner.
Are there any assessments?
The course is self-directed, which means you are free to enter into the course content as deeply at your own discretion. To receive a Certificate of Completion students must send to EduCareDo a diary sheet from each of the 26 lessons and copies of two artistic expressions; one from the first half of the year, and one from the second. Confidential constructive feedback is given for these submissions. The submissions are not graded. All submissions are held in confidence. The course coordinator forwards it to the tutor with whom you can have ongoing discussions about course content and who will privately answer your questions.
Do I have to send in my work?
Students who want a Certificate of Completion must send in the required work. Students are free to choose whether they want the certificate of completion.
When do I submit my work?
EduCareDo prefers to receive your work in 4 bundles over the year. Please package your diary sheets and artistic expressions into:
Lessons 1 - 7
Lessons 8 - 14
Lessons 15 - 21
Lessons 22 - 16
EduCareDo does not place a time limit on when the work has to be completed.
Are there any artistic activities in the course?
Yes – painting lessons (with examples of colour pictures), sculpting work, speech exercises and eurythmy exercises all form part of the course. An artistic activity is given with each lesson forming an introduction to various arts.
How do I submit my work?
Diary sheets can be typed or handwritten and emailed or posted. Artistic expressions include such things as poetry, paintings, sculptures and musical pieces or dramatic performances. Copies can be submitted to EduCareDo as a photograph or video of the original.
They can be sent by Email to: study @educaredo.org
or by post to: P.O Box 1064 Mullumbimby NSW 2482 Australia
I have never painted before. What do I do?
You will be taken through step-by-step on how to do everything in the watercolour lessons. Also, it is helpful to know that the watercolour painting is about the process of colour development, not about having a perfect painting at the end of the lesson.
I need some help. Who can I ask?
Tutoring is available to help with your questions or to guide you through the course content. If you email or call your questions will be forwarded to the tutor who will best be able to help you. Your questions are answered privately by the tutor.
I have been a student of Rudolf Steiner’s work for many years. What benefit will the course be for me?
Students who have studied Anthroposophy for over forty years have taken the course. They have given feedback that such an ordered overview gave them a new orientation and that the experiments and exercises provided new experiences for their on-going work.
My children go to a Steiner / Waldorf school. Does the course help me to work more fruitfully with my children?
The course will help you to understand more clearly what your children’s teachers want to achieve. You could also study together with other parents.
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.
I teach in a Steiner / Waldorf school. Can the course help me in my work?
It gives you a well-organised overview of the practical aspects of Anthroposophy and child development, and it will inform your classroom practices. The course includes many exercises and experiments for teachers and children. The Teacher's Certificate requirements are designed to allow individuals to study at their own pace, work with a mentor of their choice, choose workshops and intensives suited to their area of teaching, encourage inner development and be affordable. Some College of Teachers groups in Waldorf Schools are taking up the study as joint professional development and training for new staff.
Can I pay in instalments?
Generally no, the course is priced so that it is available to everybody, and accounting costs for paying in installments would considerably increase the costs. There is a small fund for scholarships. Please contact us if you need to discuss your personal circumstances.
What happens if my study time commitment changes and I fall behind?
If you find that you are falling behind with the lessons, you may consider one of these options:
- Continue to receive the lessons, and file them away until you catch up. Reading them when they arrive will often allow you the time to think-through and warm-through some of the content, even if you are not actively working on the lessons. This will help if for example, you have some time one weekend and can catch up a few lessons at once.
- If you are falling behind, it can be helpful to contact us and ask to have the lesson sending ‘paused’ until you are ready to recommence.
Can I study on my own or in a group?
EduCareDo encourages students to engage with study groups and workshops where you will be with others. However students successfully study on their own.