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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.

*We strive to cultivate an inclusive experience for all, if you need to participate differently or need accommodations during periods of in-person instruction, please let us know as soon as possible and we will do our best to work through different options.

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. To learn more about our Early Childhood program, you can set up a meeting with our Early Childhood Program Coordinator, Lynn Turner. 

Coursework Overview

Early Childhood

EC Master's Degree curriculum chart

Grades 1-8

grades master's degree curriculum chart

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.

At Great Lakes Waldorf Institute we are committed to serving and being a diverse, inclusive community. We are striving collectively to ensure the continued growth and development of our curriculum and program offerings to reflect these values. As we deepen our own relationship to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, we ask for your honest feedback and perspective, understanding that we wish to widen our lens and that this work is, and will always be, in process. If anything arises for you regarding our efforts, please contact Monika Sutherland, Amber Chavez, or any of your course instructors.

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