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Studying Curative Education

Curative education is an interdisciplinary approach to the education and support of children and adolescents in need of special support. It includes education and therapies, but also a recognition that a child’s lifestyle and overall life situation can help or hinder development. Curative educators do not look at classroom or therapy settings in isolation, but work with the totality of a child’s life circumstances. Like Waldorf education, curative education is based on Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual-scientific view of the human being, anthroposophy.

The Curative Education programs are offered within the context of community life at The Camphill School. The Camphill School is a curative educational school community offering education, care and therapy to children and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Its activities comprise the ‘Children’s Village’ at Beaver Run, with its K-12 Waldorf School and residential program, and the Transition Program at Beaver Farm for young adults aged 18 – 21 who have completed the K-12 program and are preparing for their transition to adulthood. Members of Camphill Soltane, a Camphill community supporting young adults in their transition to adulthood, and of Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, a Camphill community including adults with developmental disabilities, are also eligible to participate by special arrangement with those communities.

Students in the Curative Education programs are integrated into life and work of their community, gaining practical experience while pursuing their studies. The curriculum includes academic and artistic coursework, as well as supervised practice in childcare, education and therapy. The experience of life and work in the community forms an integral part of their educational experience and provides the foundation for the growth of their personal and professional capacities as practitioners of curative education.

Internationally, Curative Educators serve in a wide variety of contexts, including:

  • Early childhood education and early intervention
  • Special education schools and kindergartens
  • Integrative and inclusive school and kindergarten programs
  • Home-based support services
  • Residential programs for children and adolescents
  • Social services for children and youth
  • Child and juvenile psychiatric services
  • Vocational training and supported living for young adults

Foundation Studies

The first year leads to a Certificate in Foundation Studies in Anthroposophic Curative Education. It may be used to fulfill foundation studies requirements for many Waldorf teacher training programs and other anthroposophic courses.

Paraprofessional Certificate

An intermediate qualification is awarded to those who complete the first two years of the program and an additional one-year internship in an assistant capacity.

Diploma in Curative Education

A Diploma in Curative Education is awarded after completion of the fourth year and an additional six to twelve month internship. The Diploma is recognized by the International Council for Curative Education and Social Therapy. Its holders are entitled to use the professional designation ‘Certified Curative Educator’ or ‘CCE.’

BA Completion Options

BA completion may be pursued during a fifth year, concurrently with the internship, through transfer into a BA completion program at one of our partner colleges (including Prescott College, SUNY Empire State College and Excelsior College).

Participating Communities

The Camphill Academy is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students at The Camphill School location.

How to Apply to this Program

The Curative Education programs are field-based courses of studies, delivered in partnership with participating communities. Admission and continued participation is contingent on membership in a participating community and sponsorship by that community. Individuals cannot apply independently to participate in this program. Communities that are not currently participating in the Curative Education programs of Camphill Academy must establish affiliation before they can sponsor their members for enrollment.

NOTE TO APPLICANTS: If you are a current coworker of one of the North American Camphill communities, please email [email protected] before proceeding with the online application.

The Camphill School
Camphill Soltane


Curative Education Program Handbook (PDF)