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Abiding Heart's Experiential Buddhist Kindergarten Teacher Training Diploma

Course details

Dates: 21 February 2024 - 19 December 2026

Duration: 3 years, 6 semesters

Format: Livestream online, In-person classes, Recorded support lessons

Independent study, Tutorials, Assignments, Access to mentors, and teaching placements in the country of residence or in our partner monastic school in Nepal

Language: All classes and instructions are in English

Minimum requirement: High-school (completed class 12) final examinations: grade C or above in English, science and maths. 

Monastic applicants: Minimum 9 years of Shedra studies.

Desirable: Bachelor’s degree: minimum grade C+ or third class honours.

Teaching placements: Successful applicants must comply with all legislation in relation to school placements in their country of residence

Commitment: Assessment including attendance, class participation, written assignments, oral presentations, reflective practice, curriculum planning and teaching placements.

Award: Abiding Heart's Experiential Buddhist Kindergarten Teaching Diploma 

Course description

Abiding Heart Education™ is a new approach to education that rests on the Buddhist worldview. Fusing this view, meditation and application with Steiner/Waldorf methodology and developmental science we have created a unique children’s experiential Buddhist pedagogy that gives equal weight to the intellectual (head) affective (heart), and action (doing) domains. This new approach places the emphasis on developing wisdom and compassion that is to be lived in the class and in our personal life. Trainees will gain a good balance of theory and practical knowledge in teaching that is grounded in transformative experiential Buddhist worldview thus fostering their continuing inner development.

The curriculum draws deeply on the live experiential Buddhist tradition which emphasises applying the knowledge acquired in everyday experience in order to nurture an ongoing transformation. Students develop practical teaching skills based on child development theory and gain experience in creating teaching and learning resources in preparation for school placements and embarking on life as an Abiding Heart Education™ teacher. At the core of this two-year course is the practice of letting our minds rest, our hands create, and our hearts rejoice. The sense of wonder that nurtures young children is a capacity we all have, and although it may not always flourish in adulthood, we can reconnect with it and deepen our experience.

The course will empower kindergarten teachers with the knowledge, skills, and understanding to create a nurturing, calm and stimulating learning environment in order to support child development. Evidence shows that experiences of such positive learning environments support the development of self-esteem and confidence and increase the likelihood of children continuing in education. 

Students will receive a theoretical and practical understanding of kindergarten education based on the Abiding Heart Education’s learning approach which is a fusion of experiential, contemplative, integrated and transformative methodologies. We will also include elements of the sense of place and heritage to demonstrate how the curriculum can be adapted to a specific culture. Teachers from other regions will learn how to integrate their own culture, language, and tradition into this education approach and curriculum. The course content includes:

  • The Abiding Heart’s Experiential Buddhist Foundation Studies, which includes an engaging and life-changing study of Buddhist philosophy, meditation, and application;

  • The Abiding Heart’s unique Human Development course: Child development studies from birth to rebirth, bringing together Buddhist and contemplative philosophy and psychology; together with developmental science, neuroscience, and transformative experiential philosophy of education;

  • The Abiding Heart Education Learning Approach: Experiential Buddhist learning methodology, contemplative pedagogy, the transformative learning approach of Steiner and other contemporary philosophies of education leading to the understanding of the components of the Abiding Heart Education™ experiential and contemplative learning approach;

  • Abiding Heart's Experiential Buddhist Curriculum preparation studies, which includes content and application for kindergarten;   

  • Curriculum development and lesson planning;   

  • From an unhealthy self towards a healthy self: Safeguarding and nurturing the wellbeing of children with Buddhism in mind;

  • The compassionate wholesome practice of school organisation, management, and community building;

  • Himalayan arts, such as thangka paintings, mani stone carving, and charya dance;

  • Artistic activities, such as drawing, painting, clay modelling, woodcarving, handwork, and stone carving;                       

  • Teaching placements in the student's country of residence. 

Structure:

This is a 3-year course and consists of a total of six semesters with 2 semesters in each year:

  • Winter/Spring Semester 

  • Summer/Autumn Semester

​Trainees taking this training are required to attend all modules to receive a Teaching Diploma in the Abiding Heart Education™ approach specialising in Experiential Buddhist Kindergarten Education. 

Tuition Fees: 

  • Monthly instalments of $420 for 36 months (36 payments) or

  • Bi-annual (every 6 months) instalments of $2,500 for 3 years (6 payments x $2,500) or

  • Annual payments of $5,000 for 3 years (3 payments x $5,000)

Additional processing fees apply. 

Students are asked to cover the cost of arts and crafts materials independently. 

Please contact us at admissions@abidingheart.education for an application pack. 

Lorena, alumni of the Kindergarten Teacher Training Diploma

Get to know a small taster of the rich kindergarten curriculum we have developed over the past several years by clicking on the photo below:

Puppet show based on the event of the First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma

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