Bachelor of Arts
The Bachelor’s programme in Waldorf Education is offered at the Institute for Waldorf Education, Inclusion and Intercultural Studies in Mannheim.
It imparts the skills and knowledge required as a teacher in the context of (Waldorf) education. The programme combines scientific, artistic and social personality development with the aim of working “with and for people”. A considerable portion of the course involves practical learning. This is accompanied by scientific theory and reflection. Another special feature is the high proportion of artistic (self-)education. By covering a broad repertoire of scientific and didactic-methodological content, the programme provides comprehensive preparation for the tasks awaiting future Waldorf educators.
Early Childhood and Primary Education
Fundamentals of education and educational science, pedagogical history and theory/alternative and Waldorf education, educational law/policy
Fundamentals of Waldorf Education
Theory of knowledge/science, anthropology, Waldorf/alternative pedagogy in educational dialogue, anthroposophical social/cultural impulses
Education and Society
Theories/models of (school) pedagogical spheres of activity, school theory/history/development, lesson planning, educational partnerships
Philosophy and (self-)education, aesthetics, history of consciousness/art/culture, fundamentals of scientific work
Scientific Fields of Learning
Phenomena of inorganic nature, didactics and methodology, practical exercises
Cultural Fields of Learning
Scientific principles, didactics and methodology, dealing with literary texts/media/historical sources, practical exercises
Basic principles, didactics and methodology, diagnosis/support concepts
Relevant basic concepts and models, educational anthropology, developmental theory and psychology in childhood and adolescence
Education in Practice
Intensive internships with theoretical preparation/follow up, didactic models and teaching methods, diagnostics and intervention, observation and reflection
Art in Practice
Eurythmy, music, painting, sculpting and speech formation, musical learning activities for the class teacher as well as their didactics and methodology
Elective Subjects and their Didactics
English, horticulture, needlework, music, sports and experiential education, manual work
(one elective subject can be selected)
General or subject-speicific higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or advanced technical college entrance qualification (under certain conditions) and successful passing of the entrance exam or proof of an equivalent recognised educational background and/or passing the entrance exam
Die Berufsaussichten der Absolventen decken eine große Bandbreite pädagogischer Tätigkeiten ab: Erlebnispädagoge, Assistenzlehrer, Projektarbeit und Hortarbeit an Ganztagsschulen, Freizeitpädagoge, Jugendarbeit in Sportvereinen, offene Jugendarbeit. Der Studiengang qualifiziert zudem zielführend für das konsekutive Master-Studium Waldorfpädagogik, mit dem Berufsziel Klassenlehrer.
Career prospects of the graduates cover a wide range of educational fields: experiential teacher, assistant teacher, project work and after school childcare at all-day schools, leisure educator, youth work in sports clubs, open work with youth. The degree programme also qualifies students with the career goal of class teacher for admission to the Master’s programme in Waldorf Education.