Course assessment and certification
For most people, successful teaching requires much careful preparation. Childhood is the springboard for the whole of life and to undertake to become a teacher of children is both joyful and challenging, but it carries with it great responsibility. The seminar, in turn, has a responsibility to ensure that students are properly prepared for the task that lies ahead of them.
There are no written tests or examinations on the course. The necessary faculties for good teaching are assessed mainly through practical assignments. These are designed to give the student practice in necessary skills, self-confidence, the right quality of sensitivity towards his or her own performance and an awareness of the all-important and lifelong process of self-development.
While our purpose is to train teachers, acceptance onto the course is not a guarantee for any individual that he/she will become a teacher. Some people undertake the training out of interest, with no intention of teaching; others begin with that intention and discover, either for themselves or in discussion with tutors, that it's not for them. Our task is to guide, advise and help students to achieve their potential. This means that what is expected in terms of observation, teaching practice, study, artistic work, written work etc. will differ depending on the particular needs of each student.
The Teacher Training Seminar offers certification at three levels ..
- Certificate of Attendance - is issued when a student has attended 90% of sessions for two years. We do not recommend that students who have achieved this level of training are employed as teachers.
- Certificate of Successful Completion - is issued when a student has attended 90% of sessions for two years and has completed all assignments plus all observation and teaching practice deemed necessary in consultation with tutors.
- Certificate of Diploma - is issued when a student has attended 90% of sessions for two years, has completed all assignments plus all observation and teaching practice deemed necessary in consultation with tutors, and has successfully completed a year of teaching in a Steiner Waldorf school. 'Successful' teaching is assessed in consultation with staff at the school.
All certificates are issued with a covering letter giving information for the student and any prospective employer about the student's abilities as well as areas that need to be strengthened or developed. Prospective employers are advised to seek references from the seminar before confirming a teaching position for any student.
Certification offered by the London Waldorf Seminar is accepted as qualification to teach in Steiner Waldorf Lower, Middle and Upper Schools in the UK, and worldwide, although some countries require additional state recognised teacher training. It is not a qualification to teach in state schools in the UK, or in Steiner Waldorf Kindergartens, which have their own training courses. Specialist Upper School teachers are usually required to have a degree in their subject in addition to teacher training.
The Teacher Training Seminar course does not constitute a training for teaching in Rudolf Steiner Special Schools, for which there are separate courses and seminars. There are also specialised trainings available for those who have completed a two-year training such as the London Waldorf Teacher Training Seminar, for example in Bothmer Gymnastics, Pedagogical Eurythmy, Speech or Kindergarten.