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 one

295200  Taki Haere Mai
295202  ECE Professional Inquiry and Practice I
295113  Human Development and Learning I
295111  Early Childhood Education in Aotearoa New Zealand
295127  Curriculum I: Infants and Toddlers
295114  Whanau/Family and Society
295116  Health and Safety
295128  Curriculum II:  The Young Child

Year two

296263  Professional Inquiry and Practice II
296260  Karanga Mai
296223  Working with Parents as Partners
296266  Curriculum III
296335  Special Topic: Centre Design Or
296261  Special Topic: Infants and Toddlers   
296238  Curriculum IV
296227  Principles of Learning and Teaching
296243  Childhood  Studies in Aotearoa New Zealand

Year three
297007  ECE Professional Inquiry and Practice III
297333  Research for Teaching
296226  Inclusive Education
297363  Steiner Education Theory
297366  Human Development & Learning III: Steiner Perspectives
297364  Steiner Early Childhood Programme Planning
297365  Curriculum V: Steiner Early Childhood Curriculum
297334  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.

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Last updated: 27-Jan-2015 9.40am

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