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


  • Three-year program

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

  • Academic year runs in Summer-Fall-Spring terms for coursework

  • Each year has a fieldwork component


Summer - 3 years

  • Three-week intensive - fifteen 8+ hour days over three weeks, beginning the first Monday in July and ending three weeks later on a Friday.

    • Days 1-5 days are VIRTUAL

    • Days 6-15 are IN PERSON at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee


Fall - 3 years

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

  • Weekend VIRTUAL sessions (6-8 hours) during first weekend of November


Spring - 3 years

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

  • Weekend VIRTUAL sessions (6-8 hours) during the first weekend of March


Independent Study - 3 years

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

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

  • Year 3 - 3 to 4 week practicum (student teaching) and Final Project

Detailed Descriptions of Integrated Field and Research Courses


*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.


Detailed 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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