Early Childhood Program Concentration

Place-based & play-based educational tenets become the foundation of the Practical & Pedagogical courses, providing teacher-candidates a strong foundation in early childhood education through the following:
    • Focus on Child Development, ages 3-6 (Overview of developmental phases all ages)
    • Rhythms of the day, week, year & their significance in the life of the classroom and the young child
    • Circle Activities, seasonal festivals, crafts & storytelling
    • Visual Arts with watercolor painting, drawing
    • Speech Arts for the Early Childhood teacher
    • Developmentally Appropriate Games & Finger games,
    • Puppetry: simple puppetry, more complex marionettes and presentations to the children
    • Temporal Arts with eurythmy, singing and playing instruments.
    • Student Observation, Working witth Diverse Needs, Kindergarten and First Grade Readinness
    • Field Mentor support on-site in your Classroom

Additional Coursework:

Gradalis Early Childhood Concentration Program offers eight (8) courses for a total of 490 contact hours with the addition of 73 hours credited to the following:

  • Candidate’s Curriculum Project (Due Last Semester)
  • Class Study 
  • Child Study
Other coursework gives candidates a foundation in Steiner’s Philosophical Foundations and how to work with remedial needs, as well as child observation, first grade readiness and a full spectrum of foundational work necessary to become a teacher in schools inspired by Waldorf principles.

Program’s Components overview

Training includes:

26 months, 2 academic years and 3 summers intensives.
enrollment is open to begin for this coming summer.

This includes:

  • 2 Day Orientation to welcome newly enrolled teacher-candidates
  • 3 Summer Intensives (two weeks each)
  • 1 Practicum Weekend each fall and spring semester
  • 8 Grade Level Webinars per school year
  • 2 Philosophical Webinars each fall and spring semester
  • 2 Pedagogical Webinars each fall and spring semester
  • 1 Field Mentor Visit to your classroom each fall and spring semester

A total of 26 months of instruction and teacher training coursework. Over 90% is in-person instruction from experienced and dedicated Gradalis faculty and instructors.

Early Childhood Concentration

26-Month Certification Program designed for the working teacher

Complete your Teaching Certification over 3 summers within 2 years.

enroll today to begin training this summer

the next training will begin this summer,
with orientation for new teacher-candidates june 26, 2020
in denver, colorado*

“The training provides relevant and applicable perspectives, strategies, and materials that I can take directly into my classroom.  I always feel inspired and refreshed after attending a Practicuum weekend.  Thank you to Gradalis Stewards and Faculty for your availability and willingness to inspire.” — Teacher Candidate 2019

Artwork from Chris Mullally,
Gradalis 2019 Graduate

training content

training provides active support for the working teacher
  • Main Lesson and Block Planning support, from experienced educators via monthly webinars
  • Grade Level specific support to foster confidences in teachers as they approach their classes with developmentally appropriate materials
  • Speech and Musical Arts practice and material that is developmentally appropriate for the teacher’s concentration area (ECE, Grades, Remedial)
  • Visual Arts support and material creation that is developmentally appropriate for the teacher’s concentration area (ECE, Grades, Remedial)
  • Field Mentoring provided twice an academic year from an experienced Gradalis Educator to offer relevant and applicable support and guidance to the teacher-candidate

nationally ACCREDITED training

Nationally accredited anthroposophically based training

Gradalis Professional Development Training is a nationally accredited institution.  Gradalis Training Programs qualify across state lines for required hours to maintain teaching certifications.  The Accreditation Council of Continuing Education & Trainings has been officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a “reliable authority” specific to the quality of education and professional development provided by institutions it accredits since 1978. 

Program’s Components overview

enroll today to begin training this summer

the next training will begin this summer,
with orientation for new teacher-candidates june 26, 2020
in denver, colorado*