The Sophia Institute Foundation Studies and Waldorf Certificate Program are similar to the Foundation Studies and Waldorf Certificate Programs offered by other Waldorf Teacher Training Centers in the USA and Canada. Our courses prepare students to teach in Waldorf grade schools, Waldorf Kindergartens and preschools, and Waldorf high schools. Our graduates receive a certificate and have found work in Waldorf schools or other Anthroposophical organizations. Foundation Studies students have also transferred successfully into other teacher training programs and have received full credit for the courses taken at Sophia Institute. The completed Foundation Studies (or equivalent) are required for enrollment in most Waldorf Teacher Training programs.
The Foundation Studies form a complete unit. A student may elect to only complete the Foundation Studies or may progress to other programs after completion.
The Sophia Institute courses are designed to meet the needs of those individuals who want to develop their artistic abilities, and acquaint themselves with or deepen their understanding of the basic world-view of Anthroposophy brought by Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). The achievements inspired by Anthroposophy can be seen throughout the modern world today. It attracts those people who wish to work out of new impulses in the fields of agriculture, the arts, education, curative education, social therapy, natural sciences, and medicine.
Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy and the Arts, while providing a background for those wishing to become teachers in Waldorf Schools, also offers the same opportunity to others who are interested in learning more about how they may work in the world, guided by a foundation in Anthroposophy. In the Foundation Studies broad themes of the essential nature of the human being and human development are taken up on many different levels.
Foundation Studies Program
1st Semester / 7 credits
1. What is Anthroposophy? An Introduction (1 credit)
Lesson 1: Definition and expression of Anthroposophy in our modern world.
Lesson 2: Rudolf Steiner's life and work (Part 1).
Lesson 3: Rudolf Steiner's life and work (Part 2).
Lesson 4: Rudolf Steiner's life and work (Part 3).
Lesson 5: Thinking, feeling and willing. The threefold human being.
Lesson 6: Physical body, etheric body, astral body, and ego.
Lesson 7: The seven life processes and the seven soul types.
Lesson 8: The twelve senses.
Lesson 9: Anthroposophy at work in our modern times. The impulses of Anthroposophy in education, the arts, medicine, agriculture, and social issues.
Lesson 10: The structure of the Anthroposophical Society and the School of Spiritual Science.
2. Foundation Studies/Core Studies I (4 credits)
Lesson 1.1. Anthroposophy and Biography/Introduction to Life Phases
Lesson 1.2. Rudolf Steiner's Biography/Introduction to Rudolf Steiner's Life and Work
Lesson 1.3. Devotion and Meditation/Knowledge of the Higher Worlds/Chapter 1
Lesson 1.4. Meditation in Practice/Knowledge of the Higher Worlds/Chapter 2
Lesson 1.5. Sequence and Patterns in Life's Trials/Knowledge of the Higher Worlds/Chapter 3
Lesson 1.6. Education of the Soul and Spirit/Knowledge of the Higher Worlds/Chapter 4
Lesson 1.7. Requirements and Conditions of the Inner Path/Knowledge of the Higher Worlds/Chapter 5
Lesson 1.8. Anthroposophy and Buddhism/Knowledge of the Higher Worlds/Chapter 6
Lesson 1.9. Dream Experiences of Body, Soul and Spirit/Knowledge of the Higher Worlds/Chapter 7
Lesson 1.10. The Three States of Consciousness/Knowledge of the Higher Worlds/Chapter 8
Lesson 1.11. The Splitting of the Soul Forces/Drug Use/Problems of Our Time/Knowledge of the Higher Worlds/Chapter 9
Lesson 1.12. The Guardian of the Threshold/Karma/Guardians in Society/Knowledge of the Higher Worlds/Chapter 10
Lesson 1.13. The Greater Guardian of the Threshold/Global Consciousness/Knowledge of the Higher Worlds/Chapter 11
Lesson 1.14. Authentic Cognitive Striving versus Passive Visionary Dreams/Knowledge of the Higher Worlds/Epilogue
Lesson 1.15. Summary and Reflection/Knowledge of the Higher Worlds
3. Art 1: Art of Needle Felting (1 credit)
Lesson 1: Getting Ready for Felting
Lesson 2: Simple Projects for Children and Beginners 1
Lesson 3: Simple Projects for Children and Beginners 2
Lesson 4: Projects for Experienced Felters 1
Lesson 5: Projects for Experienced Felters 2
4. Art 2: Art of Storytelling (1 credit)
Lesson 1: Getting Ready for Storytelling
Lesson 2: Practicing the Art of Storytelling 1
Lesson 3: Practicing the Art of Storytelling 2
Lesson 4: Advanced Storytelling 1
Lesson 5: Advanced Storytelling 2
2nd Semester / 7 credits
1. Anthroposophy in Everyday Life/Practical Training in Thought (1 credit)
Lesson 1: Introduction. Practical Thinking. Unpractical Thinking.
Lesson 2: Right Attitude and Proper Feeling for Thinking.
Lesson 3: Real Practice of Thought. Practical Exercises in Thinking I.
Lesson 4: Thinking through Observation.
Lesson 5: Practical Exercises in Thinking II.
Lesson 6: Practical Exercises in Thinking III. Example of a Practical Thinker.
Lesson 7: Practical Exercises in Thinking IV. Focused Thinking.
Lesson 8: Practical Exercises in Thinking V. Painting the Mental Picture.
Lesson 9: Practical Exercises in Thinking VI and VII. Arriving at Conclusions.
Lesson 10: Conclusions and Observations. How Thinking Changes.
2. Foundation Studies/Core Studies II (4 credits)
Lesson 2.1. Foreword/Prefaces/Introduction/Theosophy
Lesson 2.2. The Essential Nature of the Human Being/Body, Soul and Spirit/Theosophy/Chapter 1 (I., II., III.)
Lesson 2.3. The Essential Nature of the Human Being/Physical Body, Etheric Body, Astral Body and Ego/Theosophy/Chapter 1 (IV. 31-47)
Lesson 2.4. Body, Soul and Spirit/Life Phases/Theosophy/Chapter 1 (IV. 47-62)
Lesson 2.5. Re-incarnation and Karma Part 1/Theosophy/Chapter 2
Lesson 2.6. Re-incarnation and Karma Part 2
Lesson 2.7. The Soul World/Theosophy/Chapter 3 (I.)
Lesson 2.8. The Soul World after Death/Theosophy/Chapter 3 (II.)
Lesson 2.9. The Spirit World/Theosophy/Chapter 3 (III.)
Lesson 2.10. The Spirit World after Death/Theosophy/Chapter 3 (IV.)
Lesson 2.11. The Seven Kingdoms/Theosophy/Chapter 3 (V.)
Lesson 2.12. Thought Forms and the Human Aura/Theosophy/Chapter 3 (VI.)
Lesson 2.13. The Path of Knowledge/Theosophy/Chapter 4
Lesson 2.14. Reflection and Final Paper
3. Art 3: Art of Drawing (1 credit)
Lesson 1: Drawing Geometric Shapes
Lesson 2: Drawing Rocks, Stones and Minerals
Lesson 3: Drawing Plants and Trees
Lesson 4: Drawing Animals
Lesson 5: Drawing the Human Being
4. Art 4: Art of Watercolor Painting (1 credit)
Lesson 1: Colors and Form
Lesson 2: Landscapes and Seascapes
Lesson 3: Plants and Vegetation
Lesson 4: Animals and Their Surroundings
Lesson 5: The Human Being