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Master's Degree with Waldorf Certificate

In Partnership with Mount Mary University

Mount Mary University, in partnership with Great Lakes Waldorf Institute, offers a Master's Degree in Arts Education with a Waldorf Certificate program. Either an Early Childhood Teaching Certificate or a Grades Teaching Certificate can be earned along with the Master's Degree.

The grades 1-8 and early childhood teacher certificates at Great Lakes Waldorf Institute are three-year part-time programs focusing on philosophical, practical, and artistic training for class teachers in early childhood or grades 1-8. The programs consist of three sessions each year: a summer intensive in July, and fall and spring courses with additional fieldwork, practicum, and final research project.

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.

In addition, our partner school, Mount Mary University, offers these accessibility services.

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 Formsign up for a meeting with our Director of Teacher Education, Monika Sutherland; or email or call Kira Chard, our admissions coordinator, at or

(414) 299-3820.

Coursework Overview

Early Childhood

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Grades 1-8

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Mount Mary University, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. Mount Mary recognizes the importance of creativity and open-mindedness in education and has implemented a Creative Campus Initiative to foster these qualities in their programming. MMU serves women on the undergraduate level and is coeducational at the graduate level.


The Master’s Degree does not equal a State of Wisconsin teaching license. Students can work with MMU to earn a Wisconsin State Teaching License, which generally requires one more year of coursework.

Non-Discrimination Statement: 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.

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