Who We Are
Great Lakes Waldorf Institute is an independent, not-for-profit adult learning institution offering Waldorf teacher education programs and professional development and general interest courses and workshops on Waldorf teaching, Waldorf Education, and the arts.
What We Do
Waldorf grades & early childhood certificate programs
Fully-accredited Master of Arts Degree in Education with a Waldorf Emphasis from our partner Mount Mary University
Teacher Professional Development
Our Commitment to Anti-Racism
At Great Lakes, the faculty and board are actively engaged in learning about the broader impacts of systemic racism. We seek to be agents for change, specifically in the area of Waldorf education. We recognize that many of the practices in Waldorf education have inadvertently aligned with privileged white thinking. We believe that Waldorf education, with its commitment to social renewal, can work to make deep and lasting change in our teachers, our schools, and our communities.
To this end, at Great Lakes we are doing the following:
Continuous anti-racism study by our board and faculty
Reviewing all courses and overall curriculum to ensure that anti-racism and anti-bias study and learning is happening throughout our program
Diversifying board, faculty and staff
Creating a diversity scholarship fund
Diversity and Non-Discrimination Statement
Great Lakes Waldorf Institute, Inc (GLWI) is committed to creating a welcoming environment for all students, faculty, administration, staff, board members, and others involved with GLWI. To that end, we actively seek to include, embrace, and celebrate people of diverse backgrounds at all levels of the program.
Great Lakes Waldorf Institute, Inc., encourages broad public support and participation in its management and activities, and shall not discriminate in any manner whatsoever against any person on the basis of race, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or mental or physical handicap or disability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and any other programs. We are committed to reflecting the diversity of our society and creating space for historically excluded and underrepresented groups to participate in all aspects of the corporation's management and activities.
If you would like to learn more about Waldorf teaching, teacher education at Great Lakes Waldorf Institute, or our application process, we invite you to fill out our Inquiry Form; sign up for a meeting with our Director of Teacher Education, Monika Sutherland; or email or call Kira Chard, our admissions coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or