Early Childhood Teacher Education
Program Coordinator: Helena Mitchell
The Early Childhood Teacher Certificate Program at Great Lakes Waldorf Institute is a three-year part-time program focusing on philosophical, practical and artistic training for early childhood teaching. The program consists of three sessions each year: a summer intensive in July, and fall and spring courses with additional fieldwork, practicum, and final research project.
Graduates of this 550+ hour program receive Early Childhood Waldorf Teaching Certificate recognized by the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN) and the International Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education. (IASWECE).
Curriculum and course content include a balance of the following areas:
Child development and Waldorf education
Waldorf philosophy and human development
Early childhood program design
Artistic activities for the classroom and for the educator
Professional and social aspects of Waldorf education
Fieldwork - observation, mentored teaching, and practicum in well-established Waldorf early childhood program
Learn more about our program format, including dates and virtual and in-person* requirements.
*To ensure success and accessibility for all participants, GLWI instructors and staff are committed to providing accommodations to the fullest extent possible. We are committed to supporting and accommodating individual needs and working in tandem with our students for successful outcomes.
This program enrolls in throughout the year to begin in July, September, or February.
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
Required Independent Study Courses
Find out more and register for Independent Study courses here.
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