Principles of Education for Life

Teacher Development

Course Topics

  • Education beyond Materialism
  • Attuning to the Child’s Real Self
  • Balancing Reason and Feeling
  • The Goal of Maturity
  • Natural Law and Discipline
  • Recognizing and Utilizing Teachable Moments
  • Child-Oriented vs Curriculum-Oriented
  • Progressive Development and Motivation
  • Identifying and Cultivating Student Leaders
  • Teaching the Whole Child: Body, Feeling, Will, & Intellect

Dates and Meeting Times

Course Dates for Fall 2017: September 16 & 30, October 14 & 28

Meeting Time: Saturday mornings from 9 – 10:30 AM, Pacific Daylight or Standard Time

Virtual Classroom

Classes are limited to twelve and use the WebEx meeting platform. This provides a live, interactive session where you can see and hear the teacher and other participants. You will need an internet connection and headphones with a microphone attached.

Time Required

Prior to each meeting, participants will read text assignments and watch a video of the associated lecture. (Class videos are usually about an hour and a half) Follow-up assignments take from two to six hours monthly. Some assignments require interaction with a child or a class.

Required Reading Materials

Can be purchased at this link.


The cost is $295. The price does not include the required textbooks. There is a discount for staff of Education for Life.

If you prefer to pay using PayPal rather than sending a check or using a charge card (or if you are not in the U.S.), you can use this link; however, the registration form is still required.


Your are encouraged to take the Experiencing Education for Life course first, but if scheduling doesn’t work out, it’s possible to start with the Principles of EFL. Both courses need to be completed before taking the Curriculum & Lesson Planning course.

Additional Information

Other Information: All assignments returned by their due dates receive a personal response. There will be a final, open book exam. Students who successfully complete this course earn a Certificate of Completion as a step toward receiving an Education for Life Teaching Certificate.

The Principles of Education for Life online course is great for teachers, administrators, and parents. To see specific information on the course, click on the appropriate heading below.