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Program Overview

Teacher education at Great Lakes Waldorf Institute includes the study of child and human development; courses in educational principles and practices, including culturally responsive teaching, anti-bias and anti-racism study; contemplative work; and artistic work in music, visual arts, handwork, movement and speech.  

Programs Offered

At Great Lakes, you can prepare to become a Waldorf class teacher for grades 1-8 through our Grades 1-8 Waldorf Certificate Program, a Waldorf educator for ages birth-seven through our Early Childhood Waldorf Certificate Program, and earn a Master's Degree and Waldorf Certificate from our affiliate school Mount Mary University. Experienced teachers with some prior teacher training can apply for our Certificate Completion Program.

The Waldorf Teacher Certificate Program at Great Lakes Waldorf Institute is a three-year, part-time program focusing on philosophical, practical, and artistic training for class teachers in early childhood or grades 1-8. 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. We have rotating coursework with rolling admission for prospective students, who can join our program at any point in the three year rotation, with sessions beginning in July, September, and February.

 

Graduates of this 450+ hour program are awarded a Waldorf Grades Teaching Certificate recognized by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (ASWNA).

Curriculum and course content include a balance of the following areas:​​

  • Child development and Waldorf education

  • Waldorf philosophy and human development

  • Contemplative work 

  • Artistic activities for the classroom and for the educator

  • Professional and social aspects of Waldorf education

  • Fieldwork - observation, mentored teaching, practicum or internship in well-established Waldorf early childhood setting

  • Practicum and final project

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.

Our programs enroll in throughout the year to begin in July, September, or February.

Three Year Schedule
In-person location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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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 our admissions coordinator, Kira Chard, at admissions@greatlakeswaldorf.org 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.