Part-time Kindergarten Teacher Training in Abiding Heart Education™
Himalayan Region only
Entry requirements: High school English, mathematics and science, Grade C or high school 10+2 or 9 years of Shedra training
Language: all classes and instruction in English (Nepali and Tibetan translations available)
Duration: Minimum 4 years, part-time course
Assessment: Continuous assessment including attendance, class participation, written assignments, oral presentations, reflective practice and preparing lessons and activities for kindergarten education.
Award: Kindergarten Teaching Certificate in Abiding Heart Education™
This part-time teacher training course has been specifically designed for Himalayan kindergarten teachers who are currently teaching in the Himalayan regions. Graduates of this four-year training course will receive a Kindergarten Teaching Certifcate in Abiding Heart Education™.
Our course aims to preserve the unique Tibetan culture and Buddhism, while introducing transformational and post-modern education practices, as a foundation for kindergarten education in the Buddhist Himalayas.
Abiding Heart Education has designed a kindergarten curriculum specifically for this region, which integrates the principles of Waldorf Education with Tibetan Buddhism and is fully embedded in Buddhist Himalayan Tibetan language and culture. Through this, we aim to contribute to and broaden both government and private early childhood curriculum.
About the Course
The course will empower kindergarten teachers with the knowledge, skills and understanding to create a nurturing and stimulating learning environment in early years education to support child development. Evidence shows that early experiences of such positive learning environments supports the development of self-esteem and confidence and increases the likelihood of children continuing in education.
Students will receive a theoretical and practical understanding of early childhood education based on Abiding Heart Education’s experiential Buddhist learning approach and the cultural heritage of the High Himalayas. On the course, you will learn:
Buddhist psychology, developmental science and the fundamental and philosophical basis of early childhood education
curriculum development and lesson planning
artistic activities such as drawing, painting, and other crafts
practical techniques such as circles, games, stories, puppetry, finger plays and songs
early childhood education theory
child development and how children learn from birth to age seven.
Students will also receive a foundation in experiential Buddhist studies, which includes Buddhist philosophy, meditation, and Himalayan Buddhist arts as well as transformational experiential arts.
New students can join the course during our winter residency, starting with curriculum studies, or for our summer residency, starting with modules in child development (please see below for further details). Students can enroll on individual courses or complete all the courses offered during these residencies, building up credits towards their diploma over a minimum of four years. Over time, students must complete all learning modules to graduate with the diploma.
Students who are based in Kathmandu will also be able to attend some additional kindergarten training courses that are ordinarily only available to trainee kindergarten teachers on our full-time course. These will be taught on campus during spring and autumn.
Ideally, students should have an existing placement at a kindergarten school, so that they can develop and reflect upon their skills, knowledge and understanding in relation to their own practice. Please contact us if you require a kindergarten placement as we may be able to support you to link with a local Waldorf school in Kathmandu.
Because of the urgency to protect Buddhist Himalayan culture, Abiding Heart Education has undertaken to translate all Abiding Heart kindergarten curriculum into the Tibetan language. Teachers will have access to rich materials in Tibetan, which support children’s sense of self and cultural identity while preserving their native language and ancient Buddhist traditions.
This part-time teaching certificate course will run over four years and will involve two blocks of teaching a year:
An 8-week winter residency on the Abiding Heart campus
An 11-week online course in child development during the summer
Winter residency: Introduction and curriculum studies; kindergarten arts and crafts activities, toymaking, shamatha meditatio, Charya dance, Mani stone carving and study of karma.
Summer residency: Child development, learning theories, meditation, Charya dance, thangkha painting, toymaking and arts and crafts for kindergarten
Winter residency: Curriculum studies, Philosophy – the Foundational Vehicle, meditation, pedagogical arts and crafts.
Summer residency: Child observation and assessment and child study, curriculum studies, meditation, music for young children and experiential Buddhism for kindergarten
Winter residency: Mahayana, meditation, curriculum studies and experiential Buddhism for kindergarten.
Summer residency: Curriculum studies, school organisation, child wellbeing, experiential Buddhism for kindergarten and literacy and numeracy for kindergarten.
Winter residency: Vajrayana, meditation, curriculum studies, teaching additional languages and experiential Buddhism for kindergarten
Summer residency: The temperaments, curriculum studies, meditation with young children, experiential Buddhism for kindergarten, teaching additional languages together with experiential Buddhism for kindergarten
Himalayan nationals, resident in the Himalayan region, who are currently teaching Kindergarten are eligible to apply. Students will need to have the resources to participate in training for part of the year.
High school English, mathematics and science, Grade C or equivalent or high school 10+2 or 9 years of Shedra training
For more details about the course, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.