Bachelor of Education

Steiner Early Childhood Teaching

The role of the imagination in learning is strongly emphasised in Steiner schools and the curriculum reflects the Steiner philosophy that there are 7-year developmental stages in childhood, each having their own learning requirements.

This specialty equips you with the skills, knowledge and attitudes you need to be an effective teacher in a Steiner setting.

What this specialty covers

Developed in partnership with the Federation of Rudolf Steiner (Waldorf) Schools in New Zealand to advance specialty teacher education in the Steiner philosophy and practice, the Bachelor of Education in Steiner Early Childhood Teaching is the first and only recognised Steiner qualification available in New Zealand.

Year 3 papers in Steiner Early Childhood Teaching (60 credits)

  • Curriculum III: Steiner Perspectives
  • Human Development and Learning: Steiner Perspectives
  • Programme Planning, Assessment and Evaluation: Steiner Early Childhood Teaching
  • Steiner Education Theory.

Steiner practicum experience

AUT has strong links with Steiner education settings and will provide opportunities for you to spend your Year 3 practicums, which are a part of the Professional Inquiry and Practice III paper, in Steiner early childhood settings.

Career opportunities

  • Graduates are eligible to apply for provisional teacher registration
  • Teaching in a diverse range of early childhood education settings, in particular Steiner settings
  • Management of a Steiner or other early childhood centre
  • As Steiner is a worldwide movement (1800 early childhood centres internationally), graduates may wish to pursue teaching careers overseas.


Year 1
EDUC552 Taki Haere Mai
ECET501 ECE Professional Inquiry and Practice I
EDUC551 Human Development and Learning I
ECET502 Early Childhood Education in Aotearoa/New Zealand
EDCR510 Curriculum I: Infants and Toddlers
EDUC550 Whanau/Family and Society
ECET503 Health and Safety
EDCR511 Curriculum II: The Young Child

Year 2
ECET601 ECE Professional Inquiry and Practice II
EDUC652 Karanga Mai
ECET604 Working with Parents as Partners
EDCR610 Curriculum III
ECET603 Special Topic: Centre Design OR
ECET602 Special Topic: Infants and Toddlers
EDCR611 Curriculum IV
EDUC651 Principles of Learning and Teaching
ECET605 Childhood Studies in Aotearoa New Zealand

Year 3
ECET701 ECE Professional Inquiry and Practice III
EDUC752 Research for Teaching
EDUC650 Inclusive Education
EDCR730 Steiner Education Theory
EDCR731 Human Development and Learning III: Steiner Perspectives
EDCR735 Curriculum VI: Steiner Early Childhood Programme Planning
EDCR734 Curriculum V: Steiner Early Childhood Curriculum
EDUC753 Sociopolitical Perspectives in Education

In support of the Treaty of Waitangi, AUT offers Nil Fee Te Reo Māori papers that can be taken as part of a Bachelor of Education at AUT.

Last updated: 13-Aug-2015 3.21pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.