When can I start?
You can start at any time throughout the year. EduCareDo was designed for people who have busy lives. You have the freedom to work at your own pace and establish a study rhythm that works for you.
Is this an online course?
Students receive lessons via email, and there are no online assessment requirements. Full-colour hard copies of the lessons can be sent to your residential address for an additional cost.
What are the time commitments?
The average study time is 3 – 5 hours per week, although students may choose to devote more time to supplemental reading and artistic projects. Completing the requirements for a certificate calls for an additional commitment of time.
Are there any ongoing costs?
There are no ongoing costs - you only pay once when you enrol.
The course fee includes:
26 full-colour lessons, which include readings, experiments, artistic activities, and reflective tasks.
Individual tutoring support by email if requested.
The Certificates of Completion upon fulfilment of the course requirements if you decide to pursue one.
Books and mentoring for the Teacher's Certificate are at your discretion and are not included in the fee.
Can I pay in instalments?
The course is priced so that it can be made available to everyone at a low cost and accounting fees for monitoring payments in instalments would considerably increase the costs. Therefore, payment by instalments is not possible. However, there is a small scholarship fund. Please contact us if you need to discuss your personal circumstances.
Are there scholarships available?
Erwin Berney left a small financial trust as a scholarship fund and to fund the completion of the second and third year lessons of EduCareDo. The Berney Foundation funds at least two students per annum. Contact us to apply for a scholarship.
Do I have to read all the books and articles on the Reading List?
The Reading List is only for your information if you wish to read further on a subject. It is not required reading.
Do I need to purchase extra books?
It is up to you.
What is the difference between a tutor and a mentor?
An EduCareDo tutor is someone on the EduCareDo team who will provide feedback to help further your understanding of the content of the lessons when you submit your diary sheets. The diary sheets are a requirement to receive the Foundation Certificate.
On the other hand, a mentor is someone chosen by you to have discussions with to further your interest and understanding in a particular subject within the lessons. A mentor or mentors are required only if you decide to pursue the Foundation Certificate for Teachers. The diary sheets are at the end of each lesson but extra copies and the mentor diary sheets are found in the student handbook appendices.
Are there any artistic activities in the course?
Painting lessons (with examples and instructions given), sculpting work, and speech and eurythmy exercises appear in some of the lessons throughout the course. There is an artistic activity in most lessons which helps to bring the lesson content into a living experience.
I have never painted before. Can I still participate?
You will be guided through step-by-step instructions 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 or particular painting at the end of the lesson.
Are there assessments/grades?
The course is self-directed, which means you are free to enter into the course content as deeply and thoroughly as you are able, at your own pace. When you submit your assignments to fulfil the requirements for a certificate of completion, confidential constructive feedback is given. The submissions are not graded.
Do I have to send in my work?
Students who want a Certificate of Completion send in the required assessments. You are welcome to contact us with any questions you have about the course material, but if you’re not planning to receive a certificate, it isn’t necessary to submit anything.
If I need some help who can I ask?
Our administrative team is here to help with general questions. We will put you in touch with one of the EduCareDo tutors to guide you through the course content if needed.
I have been working from the impulse of Rudolf Steiner’s work for many years. Is this course still relevant to me?
People 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 support my work as a parent in this approach?
The course will help you to understand more clearly what your children’s teachers (want) aim to achieve. 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 holistically integrate the intellectual, practical, and artistic development of the growing child. The focus of Waldorf education is to give a child an understanding of and appreciation for their place in the world, not as a member of any specific nation, gender, ethnic group or race, but as a member of humanity; as a free, world citizen.
I teach in a Steiner / Waldorf school. Is this course for me?
The course gives teachers 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 alike. The Foundation Year Certificate for Teachers is designed for you to study at your own pace, work with a mentor of your choice, and choose workshops and intensives suited to your area of teaching. There are many Waldorf Schools that have taken up EduCareDo for pedagogical study and professional development and training for their teachers and staff members.
What happens if my study time commitment changes and I fall behind?
You may consider to continue to receive the lessons, and file them away until you have time to catch up. Some students report that when they're busy, they read through the lesson as it arrives to allow them time to think through the content even if they are not actively working on the lessons. Then they will work with the content more thoroughly when they have the time. You can also contact us to have the lesson mail outs paused until you are ready to recommence.
Can I study on my own or in a group?
It depends on your circumstances, but in many cases it can help if you know others (have an interested partner or friends who want to join with you in studying. EduCareDo was initially designed so that people who are affected by the distance to an educational institution or by personal circumstances, can learn about anthroposophy through self study. Now more and more study groups are forming all the time. Some students attend a study group year after year because each time they find a new layer of meaning in the subject matter of the lessons. Contact us if you want to start or find a study group in your area. More information about study groups is on the website