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This low-residency program is structured over three years. Four residential summer sessions “bookend” the program, with residential weeks during the school years. Embedded in the program design are:

  • a practicum/classroom experience;

  • mentoring with an experienced Waldorf early childhood educator;

  • a collegial approach that builds connections within each cohort and beyond;

  • a birth-to-three certificate.*

The course takes 37 months to complete. New sessions start each summer.

Our students work together through experiential activity, artistic development, practical classroom experience, reflective discussion, together with enlivening and stimulating presentations of content.

Tuition for 2023 cohort is $22,290. Click here for payment schedule.


WECAN Membership - Full Member Institute
The Sophia’s Hearth Teacher Education Program is recognized as a full member of WECAN. Graduates who complete the five hundred hours in the Birth to Seven program receive a certificate confirming that this training is recognized by the International Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education.

* The birth-to-three certificate is acknowledged by WECAN and embedded in the program. Graduates will receive both certificates with successful completion of the program.

Next Session starts 6/26/2023

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Program Leadership:

Katherine Scharff, Susan Weber, Janene Ping, and Jane Swain

  • At Sophia's Hearth you will study in a teacher education center imbedded in the daily care and observation of infants, toddlers, and nursery aged children in our full time program.

  • You will study side by side with the work of our innovative parent-infant and parent-child program.  

  • You will study with the North American pioneers and leaders of the birth to three work in Waldorf early childhood education.

  • You will study with master puppeteer and kindergarten teacher Janene Ping, whose teaching practice is deeply involved in innovative research.

  • Every module brings you to beautiful southern New Hampshire where you will be deeply renewed by the beauty of nature and the cultural life of the region – music, traditional folk dance, a woods or mountain hike, a lake swim.

Why study at Sophia's Hearth?  


Hear what our students have to say about the program.
The Birth-to-Seven Certificate is for:
  • Those who wish to complete a Waldorf early childhood teacher education program that prepares for teaching children in the first seven years;

  • Teachers who teach in nursery or kindergarten settings;

  • Teachers who facilitate parent-infant and parent-toddler classes and those who work with expectant parents;

  • Early childhood teachers working with toddlers and nursery children; or

  • Childcare providers in center- or home-based care.

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