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 enrol for the course.
Most students receive their lessons via email. Full colour hard copies of the lessons can be sent to your residential address for an additional cost of $300 for posting within Australia and $350 for posting anywhere else.
How much does the course cost?
Individual Participant: $450 AUD/$330* USD
Participants who are Members of a Steiner/Waldorf School or any other anthroposophical initiative: $400 AUD/$295* USD
Groups with 6 or more participants: $350 AUD/$260* per participant (contact us-link-to register your group and receive this discount)
- 26 PDF lessons via email
- Individual tutoring
- Certificate of Completion upon fulfillment of the course requirements
Full colour hard copies of the lessons can be sent to your residential address for an additional cost of $300 for posting within Australia and $350 for posting anywhere else.
Books, workshops and mentoring for the Teacher's Certificate are at the students discretion, and not included in the fee.
*Please note that due to exchange rate fluctuations, the exact cost in US dollars is variable and the above listed amounts are estimates.
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.Recommended reading lists, are also provided at the beginning and halfway through the course. Many participants find the Educaredo course is a helpful preparation to working with Rudolf Steiner’s more challenging texts.
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 discretion. To receive a Certificate of Completion students must submit 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, however. The course coordinator forwards it to the tutor with whom you can have ongoing discussions about course content and who will privately answer any questions you might have.
Do I have to send in my work?
Students who want a Certificate of Completion must send in the required materials.. Students are free to choose whether they would like to receive the certificate of completion.
When do I submit my work?
Please submit your materials in 4 bundles over the year. However, EduCareDo does not have a deadline for when the work must be completed. Package your diary sheets and artistic expressions into:
Lessons 1 - 7
Lessons 8 - 14
Lessons 15 - 21
Lessons 22 - 16
Are there any artistic activities in the course?
Yes – painting lessons (with examples of colour pictures), sculpting work, speech exercises and eurythmy exercises each appear in varying lessons throughout the course. An artistic activity is given with each lesson which helps to form an introduction to various artistic experiences.
How do I submit my work?
Diary sheets can be typed or handwritten and emailed or posted. Artistic expressions include poetry, paintings, sculptures and musical pieces or dramatic performances. Copies can be submitted to EduCareDo as a photograph or video.
They can be sent by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
or by post to: P.O Box 1064 Mullumbimby NSW 2482 Australia
I have never painted before. Can I still participate?
Yes! 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 painting at the end of the lesson.
I need some help. Who can I ask?
Once you are enroled tutors are 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 always answered confidentially.
I have been a student of Rudolf Steiner’s work for many years. Can I participate?
Yes! 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 support my work as a parent in this approach?
The course will help you to understand more clearly what your children’s teachers want to achieve. You might consider forming a study group 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, as free, world citizens.
I teach in a Steiner / Waldorf school. Is this course for me?
Yes, definitely. 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 alike. The Foundation Year Certifcate for Teachers requirements 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. The course is very affordable, and 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 installments?
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. Contact us and ask to have the lessons ‘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 can be with others. However, students successfully study on their own.
Who was Rudolf Steiner and what is Anthroposophy?
The Austrian scientist, educator, artist, philosopher and spiritual researcher developed a modern path of knowledge named Anthroposophy or the Wisdom of the Human Being.
This is a path of knowledge leading the spiritual in the human being to the spiritual in the universe.
Recognising the need to reconcile the spiritual experiences of his childhood with that of the material world, he studied science and philosophy, received a Ph.D. in science, became the leading scholar of Goethe’s scientific work and developed anthroposophy as a spiritual science.
Rudolf Steiner sought to awaken individuals to their own spiritual experiences and investigations and to encourage a greater attentiveness to the manifestations of spirit in everyday life. In this way he encouraged individuals to follow the path of inner development in full freedom.
Rudolf Steiner was never fully satisfied with the name of Anthroposophy or Spiritual Science and felt it could be changed every day. He stressed that the meaning of Anthroposophy has to become a conscious awareness of one's humanity.
The practical application of anthroposophy is found in education, agriculture, nutrition, medicine and therapies, new arts and sciences, social work, economic enterprises and religious renewal. The results of Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual research in over 6000 lectures and 40 books are now available in more than 300 volumes.