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"International Teacher Education Project" (ITEP)

The global growth of the Waldorf movement has led to more variety and complexity in teacher training. Today, we are faced with the following questions:

  • Why are there not enough trained teachers in our institutions?
  • What are the aims and objectives of teacher training?
  • Do we need Waldorf specific teacher training and why?
  • How are teachers today educated for their work at Waldorf schools?
  • What do children and trainee teachers need today?
  • How is the training financed?
  • Who teaches the teacher trainers?

Today and in the future we need people who adapt Steiner's educational impulse to their own culture and implement it in a contemporary way. The project 'Teach the Teachers' by the Pedagogical Section and the International Forum for Steiner/Waldorf Education (Hague Circle) addresses this issue.

The project group was organising colloquia on each continent as platforms for teacher educators from early childhood to high school to meet and find their common ground:

The results of the continental colloquia will be collected by a project group composed of colleagues from different continents. It has the task of designing a target image of "teacher education" and describing its implementation. The project now bears the name "International Teacher Education Project" (ITEP). The project group meets three times a year to work with feedback and suggestions for refining and expanding aspects of education.

Last but not least, successful teacher training also depends on the people who offer it. Are they in touch with contemporary issues? Do they offer high quality training and are they able to spark the trainees' enthusiasm for Steiner's educational impulse?

Characteristics of Teacher Educators -> Journal No. 69, p.25

Aspects of Teacher Education -> Journal No. 65, p.24

Guidelines for Steiner Teacher Education 2021

Contact person: Florian Osswald, florian.osswald(at)goetheanum.ch, T: +41 (0)61 706 43 15