International English Masters Programme at the
Freie Hochschule Stuttgart (Waldorf Teachers College)
A fully accredited Master of Arts Programme for Steiner School class and subject teachers will be offered in English for the first time at the Freie Hochschule in Stuttgart, Germany. The Freie Hochschule Stuttgart/Seminar für Waldorfpädagogik in Stuttgart, Germany is the oldest and largest Steiner teacher-training institute in the world and has been successfully training Waldorf teachers since 1928. In a full-time course of studies, core elements of Anthroposophy, pedagogical anthropology, child and adolescent psychology and subject methodology are combined with an intensive artistic training in music, speech, Eurythmy, painting, drawing and sculpting. In conjunction with practical experience gained in a series of long-term internships (a number of which will take place in the U.K), this training thus offers extensive possibilities for a teacher's personal and professional development.
The course is a graduate course and is concluded with a Master's Thesis. If prerequisites are met, the course can be completed in 18 months. In exceptional cases - which include extensive previous Waldorf training and sufficient teaching experience - it may be possible to complete the course in one year.
We are planning to begin the first course in Feb. 2015 and it will conclude in July, 2016. For those applicants who do not have the full qualifications for the 18 month course, it may be possible to attain these qualifications by starting in September 2014.
A Bachelor's Degree or the equivalent in a field related to a school subject.
The course fee for the entire programme is 15,000 Euros. There are possibilities of scholarships depending on need.
For further inquiries please contact
Dr. Simon Kuttner at
and check our website at www.freie-hochschule-stuttgart.de
Stuttgart, March 27, 2014
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the prerequisites for being able to take part in the Masters Course?
You will need to have a Bachelors Degree or an equivalent to attend the course. If you have 210 (ECTS) credits or the equivalent you can begin in Feb. 2015 and complete the course in one and a half years. If you have 180 credits or the equivalent you can begin in September 2014. With extensive previous Waldorf training and sufficient teaching experience, it may be possible to complete the course of studies in one year.
Is any Bachelor Degree acceptable?
The Bachelor's Degree has to be in a subject that is in a field related to a school subject.
If I don´t have a Bachelors Degree, what other prerequisites are acceptable?
This will be evaluated on a case to case basis. As this is a graduate degree for class and subject teachers you will need to have accumulated a certain number of credit points in an academic context to be considered. Under certain conditions it may also be possible to accept students who have not fully completed their initial college or university studies.
Are there any other prerequisites that will be required to be accepted into the course?
We are looking for applicants who bring those social and pedagogical qualities such as empathy and enthusiasm which are necessary for teaching children and young people. Moreover, we are looking for applicants who have both a serious interest in Anthroposophy and Waldorf Education, as well as a willingness to engage actively in the arts as a crucial aspect of their personal and professional development.
Will the Masters Degree be recognised in my home country?
Our Master of Arts Degree is fully accredited in Germany. This generally means that it will be recognised throughout the world. However, since each country has its own regulations and requirements regarding teaching licences, we cannot guarantee that this degree will be sufficient to get a teaching licence in every country.
How can I find out if the Masters degree is recognised when this is the first time it is being offered?
We will be using the same modules that we use in our accredited German programme. The ministry that is responsible for our accreditation has accepted that we will now be offering this programme in English. In fact, they have very much encouraged us to do so.
Are there any scholarships I can apply for?
Yes, depending on need there will be partial scholarships available. However, since we will be attracting students from all over the world, including students from third world countries who are generally dependent on extensive support, our possibilities to offer financial aid will be limited.
Will the Hochschule be providing assistance for accommodation etc?
We will be glad to assist you in finding a place to live. There are also a limited number of places in our own student housing.
Do I need to know any German?
No, you don't need to know German beforehand, although we suggest that you try to learn some before you come. While you are here, you will, of course, have a wonderful opportunity to learn the language and we will also be offering free language courses for our international students.
How good does my English have to be?
You will need to be able to read and understand the course texts in English and to clearly follow and understand the discussions in the courses and seminars. In the course of your studies it would be expected that you could also take an active part in discussions as well. On the traditional language proficiency scales a level of at least B2 would be expected. For those students whose English is not at that level and/or who want to improve their English before beginning their studies, we would highly recommend starting the course in September so that you could take part in our intensive English subject year which takes place between September 2014 and the official Masters course beginning in February 2015. This would serve as an intensive immersion course in the required English language skills.
Will the Freie Hochschule be responsible for or assist in obtaining a student visa for Germany?
No, this is the responsibility of the student. Depending on the country, it may be necessary to get a visa beforehand in your own country. For students coming from countries where the visa application takes place in Germany, we will be glad to assist you.
What will I need to submit along with my application?
Along with the application form which you will be able to download from our website, you will need to submit the following:
- Curriculum Vitae,
- Letter of Motivation (motivations for choosing to be a Waldorf teacher),
- Certified academic transcript in English
- 2 photos
One can apply online at firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to the following address:
International Masters Programme
Freie Hochschule Stuttgart, c/o Dr. Simon Kuttner,
Haussmannstr. 44 A,