The Art of Teaching Course (Year 2)
About the course
The Art of Teaching course builds on the work carried out in the Art of Education course, and is more geared towards practical aspects of teaching. Self-development, and the importance of life-long learning, are placed at the centre of our work during this year.
Those who fulfil the requirements of the course will receive a WESTT teaching certificate which is widely recognised across the UK and in a number of other countries. It should be noted that some schools may require an additional state-awarded qualification, following the successful completion of this course.
By the time the course begins, it is expected that students who are not already in a school will have found a placement in a Waldorf setting, which they will attend for at least half a day each week.
Within the Art of Teaching lie the arts of observation, classroom management, planning, assessment, differentiation and much more, which are introduced on the course and worked with by individual students in the classroom.
Students will be expected to complete at least the first of their two 3-week teaching practices during the year. The teaching practice element consists of two three-week blocks. Any teaching practice elements not completed during the course must be completed within two years of the end of the course.
Self-directed learning and research
One of the strengths of the WESTT course over the years has been the emphasis on the lifelong learning journey of the teacher. During the second year, students choose an area of research and write a dissertation (approx. 10,000 words), which is presented to fellow students during the Summer intensive week.
Community of learners
Many of the skills and aptitudes introduced in the Art of Education course are deepened and developed during this year, with more of a focus on ‘how we teach.’
There continues to be a strong emphasis on the development of a community of learners – learning together, supporting each other, sharing resources, ideas, inspirations, successes and challenges.
Annual fees cover the tuition costs of ten weekends and two weeks. They also include all guided learning between weekends, study packs and handouts.
Fees for the second year of the course beginning September 2022 will be £2,650. Interest free loans, with flexible repayment options, are available for the second year of tuition, are available from the Godparents Antrhoposophical Training Fund (GATF)