Study Inclusive Social Development

with a concentration in Curative Education

Students of Inclusive Social Development at The Camphill School have the option to pursue a concentration in the area of Curative Education. 

Curative education is an interdisciplinary approach to providing holistic support to children, adolescents and young adults who encounter significant challenges on their individual path of development. Its concerns are thus broader than those of the special education teacher, whose primary focus is on academic learning and skill development. Curative Education 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 concentration in Curative Education is available to students enrolled in the programs at The Camphill School, 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.

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

Levels of Certification

The Camphill Academy offers three full-time academic programs in Inclusive Social Development which are offered within the context of community life at one of its participating communities dedicated to the practice of inclusive social development on an anthroposophic foundation and which correspond with three consecutive levels of certification: 

  • The Foundation Studies Program
  • The Paraprofessional Certification Program
  • The Diploma Program

Degree Completion Options

The Camphill Academy provides pathways for students who choose to complete bachelor’s or Master’s degrees in a field related to Inclusive Social Development through partnerships with several colleges and universities. 

For complete details about the program and Camphill Academy, refer to the Camphill Academy Program Handbook (PDF).

Participating Communities

To view the various communities’ websites, visit Our Affilitions page.

The Camphill School (Chester County, PA)

The Camphill Academy is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students at The Camphill School, Camphill Village USA, Camphill Communities California, Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, and Heartbeet Lifesharing locations.

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