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Welcome to Great Lakes Waldorf Institute

Our mission is offering Waldorf teacher development and anthroposophical adult enrichment opportunities to cultivate the capacities in the individual that can lead to personal and cultural renewal.

We are glad you found us.

Our three-year part-time Waldorf teacher education certificate program integrates studies in Waldorf pedagogy and child development with philosophical foundation studies in Anthroposophy. Active, hands-on work in artistic areas supports the inner-deepening, growth of self-knowledge, and schooling of perception essential for the Waldorf teacher.

Great Lakes Waldorf Institute (GLWI) is an Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and a Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN) “Developing Institute;” our Grades and Early Childhood certificate programs both consists of 40 credits of in-person, on-line and independent study coursework.

We have been partnering with Mount Mary University since our inception to offer a fully-accredited Master of Arts Degree in Education with a Waldorf emphasis, which requires an additional 9 credits of Mount Mary coursework.

Mount Mary University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The HLC is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. All institutions must meet the criteria set forth by the HLC and be evaluated every 10 years. Mount Mary’s accreditation was renewed in 2013. In addition, the university and its academic programs are approved or accredited by the State of Wisconsin.

Great Lakes Waldorf Institute was established in 2001 in response to the need, both locally and nationally, for well-trained Waldorf teachers.

In addition to Waldorf teacher training, we also offer other adult enrichment workshops and conferences from time to time.