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Postgraduate Certificate Philosophy and Practice of Integrative Education

This postgraduate certificate programme is for upper school (secondary school) teachers who would like to develop an integrative teaching practice to meet the changing needs of young people today. The programme offers students an overview of contemporary approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. It also covers collaborative and action research methods to develop new ways of working within a school or teaching faculty. The programme also explores Steiner-based educational principles and the philosophical and developmental picture of the human being that informs them. Through this programme, students are offered the practical tools and theoretical understanding to innovate and develop their practice within the context of their place of work. This programme prepares teachers to work with the international ACTS (Acknowledging Creative Thinking Skills) approach to 14 to 19 education.

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The programme modules

1. Teaching and Learning in the Context of Integrative Education

In this module, students learn about contemporary approaches to teaching and learning, including transdisciplinarity, integrative learning, enquiry-based learning and dialogic learning. Students also explore classroom leadership and how to develop collegial working in a teaching faculty.

2. Philosophy and Practice of Steiner Waldorf Education

In this module, students are given a foundation in Steiner’s philosophical and developmental picture of the human being. The module also explores the theory and practice of Steiner Waldorf education, creative thinking skills, phenomenological approaches and comparative epistemology.

3. Holistic Assessment

In this module, students gain practical skills in the holistic evaluation of student work. They also explore transdisciplinarity and the assessment of creative thinking skills.

4. Research Methods and Study Skills

In this module students learn how to research educational questions using collaborative action research methods, journalling, project planning and academic writing.

Key facts about the programme

Delivery location

During the 18 months there are four 5-day residential blocks that take place at Emerson College in East Sussex, UK. Distance learning is facilitated through the Crossfields Institute virtual learning environment.

This programme is also delivered in Copenhagen, Denmark through Crossfields Europa (a branch of Crossfields Institute). Please enquire for a separate brochure.

How long does it take?

18 months part time, combining work based practice, four 5-day residentials and distance learning.


The programme is certified by Crossfields Institute in academic partnership with the Institute for Philosophy and Aesthetics (Alanus University).


The programme is approved by the Ministry of Education in Denmark and Syddansk Universitet. More information can be obtained from [email protected]

Size and credit

The programme comprises approximately 200 guided learning hours and 300 hours of independent study. On completion of the programme, successful graduates will be awarded 20 ECTS.

Developed by

This programme is developed by Crossfields Institute with subject specific expertise provided by practicing teachers as well as the professional associations of Steiner Schools in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway and Finland.

Entry requirements

Undergraduate level education or established equivalent.

Language proficiency

A good level of written and spoken English language (equivalent to IELTS 6).

Tuition fees

£6,000 (£1,500 deposit by 15th of November 2017).

Programme launch

The programme commences with a 5-day residential from the 17th to the 22nd of January 2018.

Further information

For all further information please contact Jane Tyler at the Crossfields Institute office:

+44 (0)1453 808118
[email protected]