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Since 1983, the collaboration of the Waldorf and Elementary Teacher Certification faculty has provided a unique blend of essential Waldorf and progressive education courses and internship experiences leading to state certification. Students study Dewey as well as Steiner, learn Waldorf and public school methods in mathematics and reading, and intern in both a Waldorf and a public school.
This degree is offered by AU New England.
This program is the only one of its kind in North America. The MEd in Elementary Education with NH Teacher Certification is a 43-credit on-campus, year-round program for those who want to teach in Waldorf charter schools and become certified public school teachers. At the end of the program, students are prepared to apply for NH Certification.
Our certification programs meet the requirements for New Hampshire Teacher Certification. Plus, New Hampshire participates in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement, established to encourage cooperation and facilitate mobility and licensing between states. Great news if you want to teach in another state!
Upon completion of this program, graduates obtain a 43 credit MEd with NH State Certification which includes the 28 credit, AWSNA-approved Waldorf Certificate.
This full-time program is for those who live in the New England area or are able to relocate within a commuting distance for the duration of the program. This program is just one semester longer than the standard MEd and includes a second internship at a public school.
New! Antioch University is now offering a Specialization in Public Waldorf Teacher Education that can be added to this program. Please inquire with Admissions for details.
- Summer I: 3 weeks — courses held in Wilton, NH – School dormitory/local rooms available
- Fall I: 15 weeks — courses held Wednesday through Friday plus 5 Saturdays on campus in Keene, NH
- Spring I: 12-week internship (available nationwide – or worldwide)
- Summer II: 4 weeks — courses held in Wilton, NH (Waldorf Certificate Complete)
- Fall II: 15 weeks — courses meet the first Friday afternoon and Saturday of each month in Keene, NH plus online
- Spring II: 15 weeks — courses meet the first Friday afternoon and Saturday of each month in Keene, NH plus online. Public school internship Monday to Thursday.
To earn an MEd degree with both Waldorf Teaching Certification and New Hampshire Elementary Education Teaching Certification, you must meet the general education requirements and you must successfully complete a minimum of 43 credits distributed as follows:
Theoretical & Philosophical Foundations of Education
- Conceptual Development
- Anthroposophy: Projective Geometry
- Human Development
- Evolving Consciousness and Philosophy
- Foundations of Human Experience
Curriculum & Instruction
- Science Curriculum
- Waldorf Math and Language Arts
- Visual Arts
- Integrated Learning: Theory into Practice
- Reading/Literacy Elementary
- Waldorf Curriculum Preparation
- Math Methods – Elementary
Educational & Social Policy
- Teaching Exceptional Children
- School Law
- Research and Self Development
Plus non-credit required courses
- Professional Practice Seminar
- Arts to Accompany Foundations
- Drama in a Waldorf School
- Waldorf Middle School Drawing
- Handwork in the Waldorf School
- Reading and Readiness Today’s Child
- Mathematics and Movement
Elementary Teaching Internships
- One semester of supervised teaching in an approved public school Elementary setting
- One semester of supervised teaching in a Waldorf School under an approved Waldorf teacher
For course descriptions, please see the current course catalog.
Admissions / Cost / Aid
How to Apply
- Complete the online admission application, including:
- Essay questions, admissions, and program-specific
- Resume/curriculum vitae (CV)
- Non-refundable $50 application fee
- Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities where you earned a degree or certificate.
- email transcripts to [email protected], or
- mail to:
Office of Admissions
Antioch University New England
40 Avon Street
Keene NH 04341-3516
- Two letters of recommendation are required, from people who are in a position to evaluate your professional or academic work. The person making the recommendation may not be related to you.
- There are additional requirements for International applicants.
- Interview with a faculty member of the department to which you seek entry if selected. This can be in person, by phone, or via Skype.
Official transcripts should be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to:
Office of Admissions
Antioch University New England
40 Avon Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03431-3516
All application materials submitted become part of an applicant’s file and cannot be returned.
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Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, or have completed at least 60 credits at an accredited institution, to enter the Master’s Program or the Certificate Program.
Foundation Studies Prerequisite
Waldorf teacher education applicants are expected to have basic familiarity with Waldorf education and with Anthroposophy, the philosophy of human development that is the basis of Waldorf teaching and learning.
Upon receipt, we will review the questionnaire and communicate with you about your background. If you need further work in this area, we will share suggestions on how to proceed.
If you have questions, please call Carol Renzelman at 603.283.2311 or email [email protected]
Please continue with the application process for admission at the same time as you complete the Foundation Studies questionnaire.
Criminal Background Checks & Standardized Testing
NH state law [RSA 189:13-a(IX)(b)] requires criminal history record checks, for students who enroll in an educator preparation program at an institution of higher education. Additional criminal history record checks, administered by the placement district(s), are required for student teachers and interns. Additionally, local school districts may require a background check prior to the start of any field experience, and students must comply with the local policies. The cost of all background checks are out-of-pocket costs borne by the student. Your AUNE admissions counselor will provide you with the correct form for your licensure area.
All applicants to a New Hampshire Professional Educator Preparation Program must provide documentation of passing scores on a nationally recognized standardized test of basic skills, most commonly, the Praxis reading, writing, and math tests (Praxis Core). It may also be possible to fulfill this requirement by submitting SAT, ACT, or GRE scores to the NH Department of Education for confirmation of passing scores for the year the test was completed. Comparable state-level tests, like The Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure can also be considered. Please ask your admissions counselor for further guidance if you have questions about this requirement. Complete Praxis Testing Requirements for licensure in New Hampshire can be found at www.ets.org/praxis/nh/requirements
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