Education department


For graduation, students need to satisfy 18 courses as follows:

  • 14 META courses:

  • 4 Transpersonal courses

Core Courses

META 2001/3001 – Residential Seminar Series I & II—META Staff

These are 5 day residential programs held in mid-August to build a sense of community among META students. They will include guest presentations by pioneers in transformative arts in K-12 education, including Eco-Psychology and Jungian group dream work. We will also focus on the highly successful TOOLBOX approach to Socio-Emotional development:

TOOLBOX is a K-6 program that supports children in understanding and managing their own emotional, social, and academic success.  Through its simple and profound metaphor of Tools, TOOLBOX brings forward a set of 12 skills and practices that help students access their own inner resilience.

META 2010 – Whole Person Approaches to Developing Learning Communities—Bacon

This course explores a variety of creative, student centered approaches to teaching, including the organic development of a cooperative, student-centered classroom. We will emphasize  awareness, empathy, group decision-making, goal setting, and using the world as a classroom. Transpersonal tools will include guided imagery, mindfulness and metaphor. The primary focus will be on student empowerment and team-building leading to creation of a better world.

META 2020 – Group Process and Transformational Growth—TBA

Group process refers to the ways people behave in group situations. The course provides an experiential and theoretical introduction to group dynamics and its applications to creating cooperative classrooms. The course trains teachers as transformative group facilitators.

META 2030 – Psychosynthesis: Archetypes of the Soul — Bacon

Psychosynthesis concerns itself first and foremost with a consideration of meaning, purpose and values in the individual‘s life. Psychosynthesis provides an inclusive image of humanity, one that integrates spiritual and psychological elements and provides a theoretical foundation for transformative education along with practical techniques, such as the use of guided imagery, for the classroom.

META 2040/3040 – Topical Seminars I & II — META Staff & Guest Lecturers

This series of seminars by guest presenters is designed to enrich the curriculum and to inspire our students. Topics include dreams, diversity, and transformative communication.

META 2050 – Human Development for Educators — Olsen

This course provides an introduction to a variety of approaches to human development, including Erikson’s psycho-social theory, Piaget’s stages of cognitive development, Fowler’s stages of faith, and transformative approaches to human development that include spiritual development.

META 3010 – Child Psychology: A Transpersonal and Jungian Approach — Herrmann

This course includes both developmental challenges in childhood and also the spiritual experiences and values that are often overlooked in children. Topics include factors that facilitate the unfolding of the child’s innate potential, healthy sense of self and capacity to function in the world.

META 3020/3021/3022 – Capstone Project I, II & III — Elfers

Capstone I includes training in action research designed to prepare students to conduct their Capstone Projects, applications of transformative education in the classroom. Capstone II focuses on carrying out the research projects, and Capstone III consists of presentations and discussions of each student’s project.

META 3030 – Creative Expression in Transformative Education — Olsen

This course discusses theories and practices for understanding and enhancing creativity, based on the fundamental premise that all individuals are essentially creative, inventive, and imaginative. This course will encourage teachers to enhance their own creative capacities and to foster their students’ creativity.

META 2050 – Facilitating Learning Communities — Bacon

This class focuses on classroom applications of the dynamics of developing learning communities using organizational development training as well as transpersonal methodologies. It is based on Dr. Bacon’s 30 years of successful facilitation of a transformative program within a traditional San Francisco Bay Area public high school.

META 3060 – Transformational Approaches to Core Curriculum — MacDonald

The course explores how to use the challenges of teaching core curriculum to provide transformative experiences to students.

META 3070 – Pedagogies of the Spirit — Olsen

This course discusses the pedagogies and educational applications of a variety of holistic and spiritually oriented education systems including the theories and practices of the Montessori and Waldorf schools.