Postgraduate Diploma in Waldorf Education – Bath Spa University

Waldorf Education and Creative Pedagogies (Low Residency)

PGDip

    Key facts

    Award
    PGDip Waldorf Education and Creative Pedagogies
    School/s
    School of Education
    Campus or location
    Newton Park
    Course length
    12-16 months part time.

    Entry requirements

    This course is designed for those who hold a PGCE and have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) (or international equivalents).

    Those with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from an undergraduate course are also welcome to apply, provided you have at least two years of teaching experience (in Early Years, Primary or Secondary settings).

    See 'Interested in applying?' or contact our admissions team for more information: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

    Broaden your career opportunities with a Postgraduate Diploma in Waldorf Education and Creative Pedagogies, jointly delivered by Bath Spa University and the Waldorf Learning Foundation.

    • Develop extensive knowledge of Waldorf Education and creative pedagogies to foster both creative teaching and teaching for creativity.
    • Learn through a mixture of residential and online sessions, designed to help you apply theory to practice while maintaining work-life balance.
    • Graduate with professional accreditation and a portfolio that demonstrates expertise in the Waldorf Teacher Standards.

    Expand your career horizons and nurture your passion for creativity in education. If you have a teaching qualification, this ‘top-up’ course has been designed with you in mind.

    Our Postgraduate Diploma can be completed within 12-16 months to enable you to develop both academically and professionally, while maintaining a healthy study and work-life balance. This is a low-residency course; the majority of workshops will be held online but there will be several in-person, experiential workshops to develop your artistic practice, practical craft and outdoor teaching skills.

    During your studies, you'll create a Professional Practice Portfolio. The portfolio is aligned to the Waldorf Teaching Standards and will ensure that, on graduation, you're a fully qualified Waldorf Education professional. This enhances your employability by providing you with a unique set of skills for facilitating creativity in education.

    On completion of the Postgraduate Diploma, you have the opportunity to undertake an applied research module which will enable you to develop an area of specific interest and gain a full Master's qualification.

    The programme is in the process of being accredited by the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship, according to national and international standards for Waldorf teachers, and is jointly delivered by Bath Spa University and the Waldorf Learning Foundation.

    What you'll learn

    Overview

    During the course, you'll critically evaluate and synthesise your understanding of a range of theoretical and philosophical perspectives related to creative environments and pedagogies, and policy and practice, including Waldorf Education.

    You'll also consider local, national and international perspectives and critically analyse concepts such as equity and social justice, wellbeing and sustainability.

    The programme upholds the professional and progressive standards of Waldorf Education as well as actively referencing a diversity of research and practice in creative pedagogies worldwide.

    Course structure

    Our Postgraduate Diploma is taken on a part-time basis. Through a blend of theory and practice, you’ll focus on how to support and ‘incubate’ creativity in the context of Waldorf Education, for yourself as an educator and for your students.

    During the course, you'll take two modules over two trimesters. The kinds of things you'll study include:

    • Educational practice from generative principles
    • Creative curriculum design
    • Responding to an anthropology of childhood
    • Philosophical perspectives on creativity
    • Practical skills for creative practice both indoors and outdoors.

    How will I be taught?

    Modules are delivered as a mixture of online lectures, seminars and tutorials. For each module, a two-day experiential Landcraft Retreat will offer immersion into craft and community.

    These long weekends will be hosted at the Steiner Academy, Hereford, the only state-funded Steiner/Waldorf school in the UK. Where there's sufficient demand, Landcraft Retreats will be offered in global regional hubs, providing you with opportunities to engage with local communities.

    Sessions are led by the Course Leaders and visiting tutors who are specialists in Waldorf Education and creative pedagogy. Individual tutorial support is offered alongside valuable opportunities for extended discussion with tutors and colleagues.

    Self-directed artistic and/or creative practice will also be an important part of your learning and development.

    Completion of a Professional Practice Portfolio will offer opportunities for the development of critically reflexive practice.

    How will I be assessed?

    Each academic module is coursework assessed. You'll submit a written assignment together with a critically reflective Professional Practice Portfolio, which may include:

    • Creative artefacts/project work
    • A practice case study
    • Examples of planning, teaching and assessment.

    Opportunities

    Fieldwork

    For each module, a two-day experiential Landcraft Retreat will offer immersion into craft and community. These long weekends will be hosted at the Steiner Academy Hereford, the only state-funded Waldorf school in the UK. Where there is sufficient demand, Landcraft Retreats will be offered in global regional hubs, offering you opportunities to engage with locally accessible communities.

    Careers

    When you graduate, you'll be a fully qualified Waldorf Education professional with a unique set of skills for facilitating creativity in education.

    You'll have completed a Professional Practice Portfolio, which demonstrates expertise in the Waldorf Teaching Standards, further enhancing your employability. 

    2022/23 Academic Year

    We’ve made some changes to how we deliver our courses in response to the ongoing COVID situation. This is to enable students to get the most out of their studies and university experience and to facilitate an engaging, participative and interactive learning environment, all while keeping our community safe.

    We keep our programmes under constant review, and we’ll make sure to let applicants know if there are significant changes to your programme. You can find out more about how the University has adapted its approach on our COVID advice pages, where you’ll also find support and signposting to useful services.

    Facilities and resources

    Where the subject is taught

    You'll be taught both online (lectures, seminars, tutorials) and through a series of residential long weekends at the Steiner Academy, Hereford. Your main Bath Spa University campus is Newton Park.

    Fees

    UK students part time

    Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.

    Course fees

    September 2022 entry £4,215
    September 2023 entry Published Jan 2023
    September 2024 entry Published Jan 2024

    International students part time

    Course fees

    September 2022 entry £9,660
    September 2023 entry Published Jan 2023
    September 2024 entry Published Jan 2024

    Interested in applying?

    What we look for in potential students

    This course is designed for those who hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) (or international equivalents).

    Those with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from an undergraduate course are also welcome to apply, provided you have at least two years of teaching experience (in Early Years, Primary or Secondary settings).

    How do I apply?

    Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

    Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

    Want to apply for this year? 

    Many of our postgraduate courses have a limited number of student spaces. To avoid the disappointment of the course being full, we recommend that you apply now.

    Late applications (generally those made after 31 July) will only be considered if places remain on the course.

    Need more information or still have questions? Contact us to discuss your situation.

    Course leader: Dr Rebecca Digby
    Email: r.digby@bathspa.ac.uk

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