Bachelor of Education

Steiner Primary 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 its own learning requirements.

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

  • 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 Primary Teaching is the first and only recognised Steiner qualification available in New Zealand.

What this specialty covers

Year 3 papers in Steiner Primary Teaching (60 credits)

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

Steiner practicum experience

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


Year 1

295200  Taki Haere Mai
295201  Primary Professional Inquiry and Practice I
295113  Human Development and Learning I
295151  Mathematics I
295152  English
295114  Whanau/Family and Society
295150  Science
295158  Arts

Year 2

296262  Primary Professional Inquiry and Practice II
296260  Karanga Mai
295154  Mathematics II
295157  Technology
296252  Reading
295203  Health and Physical Education
295156  Social Studies
296227  Principles of Learning and Teaching

Year 3

297006  Primary Professional Inquiry and Practice III
297333  Research for Teaching
296226  Inclusive Education
297363  Steiner Education Theory
297366  Human Development and Learning III: Steiner Perspectives
296336  Steiner Primary Curriculum
297367  Programme Planning, Assessment and Evaluation: Steiner
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.

Career opportunities

  • Graduates are eligible to apply for provisional teacher registration
  • Teaching in mainstream primary and intermediate schools
  • Teaching in Steiner schools
  • As Steiner is a worldwide movement (over 1000 Steiner Waldorf schools internationally), graduates may wish to pursue teaching careers overseas.
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Last updated: 29-Jan-2015 9.26am

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