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Reimagined In-Service Teacher Education Program

The Reimagined In-Service Teacher Education (RITE) program weaves together practical and profound courses designed for teachers currently in the classroom who have not yet begun a Waldorf teacher education program. The aim of this part-time prototype program is to meet the needs of working teachers efficiently and effectively. 


Graduates of the 500 hour program are awarded a Waldorf Grades Teaching Certificate recognized by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).


The RITE program promises to create a community of learners dedicated to the art of Waldorf education. 


Curriculum and course content include:

  • Child development and Waldorf education

  • Waldorf philosophy and human development

  • Waldorf grades 1-8 curriculum with a focus on:

    • Literacy 

    • Mathematics

    • World mythology, history, and geography

    • Science

    • The visual and performing  arts

    • Movement and physical education

    • Social-emotional development, restorative practices, and mindfulness in the classroom


  • Personal and professional growth via:

    • Culturally responsive teaching, including anti-bias and anti-racist study 

    • Contemplative explorations

    • Artistic explorations 

    • Finding balance in teaching and life 


The RITE program acknowledges that in-service teachers may have difficulty traveling for their courses and being away from home for extended periods of time. 


Hence, these logistical specifics:

  • RITE program has a duration of approximately 30 months, from September 2024 to February 2027

  • The Canvas learning management system will be used to organize all course information content, modules, assignments, and discussions   

  • Participants will gather together to attend two week-long in-person summer sessions

  • Participants will study together in local, small groups throughout the academic year focusing on movement, artistic courses, and child development studies

  • RITE will hold synchronous zoom courses throughout both years

  • RITE will provide asynchronous videos to demonstrate and model artistic practices, circle activities/movement, singing, drawing, painting, beeswax and clay modeling throughout both years



For more information, contact RITE program coordinator Lori Kran,


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