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.

 We provide 

  • 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

  • Adult Enrichment

Our Commitment to Anti-Racism

At Great Lakes the faculty and board are actively engaged in learning about systemic racism and its broad impact. 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 and our schools.


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 in all of our throughout our program

  • Hiring BIPOC teachers and staff

  • Creating a scholarship fund for BIPOC students

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.  It is the policy of GLWI not to discriminate against any Individual or group for reasons of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, culture, ethnicity, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation or identification, mental or physical disability or veteran status. GLWI actively works to incorporate its commitment to diversity into the curriculum and all aspects of our programming to be reflective of the society in which we live.

What We Do

Diversity Statement