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GLWI Early Childhood and Grades 1-8 Teacher Certificate Program Format


  • 3 year program

  • Part-time (you can complete this program while working as a teacher or another job)

  • Summer-Fall-Spring terms for coursework

  • Each year has a fieldwork component


Summer - 3 years

  • Three week intensive Monday through Friday, 8+ hours each day, beginning the first Monday in July and ending three weeks later on Friday.

    • WEEK 1 and 2 VIRTUAL



Fall - 3 years

  • Weekly VIRTUAL sessions on Monday evenings, 6:00 - 8:00 Central Time, beginning the first Monday after Labor Day and ending the second Monday of December

  • Weekend IN-PERSON retreat in MILWAUKEE, WI during first weekend of November


Spring - 3 years

  • Weekly VIRTUAL sessions on Monday evenings, 6:00 - 8:00 Central Time, beginning the first Monday of April and ending the last Monday of April.

  • Weekend IN-PERSON* retreat during first weekend of March in MILWAUKEE, WI


Fieldwork - 3 years

  • Year 1 - 15 hours of observation at 3-5 Waldorf schools

  • Year 2 - 20-30 hours of observation and practice teaching at 2-4 Waldorf schools

  • Year 3 - 3-4 week practicum (student teaching)

  • Year 3 - Final Project


*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.


2023-24 Dates
Summer - July 3 - 21, 2023

Fall Course - Sept 11 - Dec 11, 2023 (Monday evenings)

Fall Retreat - Nov 4 - 5, 2023 

Spring Course - Feb 5 - April 29, 2024 (Monday evenings)

Spring Retreat -  March 1-3, 2024 

See full Academic Calendar.

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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