Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who participates in the Great Lakes Waldorf Institute courses?

A: People interested in studying the Waldorf approach to child development and the Waldorf curriculum, pedagogy and arts; people interested in earning a Master of Arts in Education with a Waldorf Emphasis; people seeking to earn a Waldorf Teaching Certificate; people pursuing personal enrichment and self-development; public and private school educators seeking to broaden their repertoire.

Q: Are there any prerequisites for beginning the program?

A: We require that those students embarking upon the 3-year program have a bachelor’s degree of some sort prior to enrolling. Our 3-year certificate program is unique among most other Waldorf Teacher Trainings in that it is offered in partnership with Mount Mary University as a Master’s degree program, requiring a Bachelor’s degree as prerequisite. Our decision to limit enrollment to those who have already earned Bachelor’s degrees came over the last few years during dramatic growth in student population and in conjunction with an increase in our requirements and student expectations.   In addition,  AWSNA encourages schools to hire teachers who have formal degrees in addition to having a certificate of completion from an affiliated training institute.  It has been additionally noted that most parents who send their children to Waldorf Schools are expecting teachers to have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree plus a Waldorf teaching certificate. 


Q: What kind of accreditation will I earn if I attend the course? Can I get undergraduate credit?

A: These courses may not be taken for undergraduate credit. Participants may apply and be accepted into Mount Mary University’s graduate education program to receive credits toward a Master of Arts Degree in Education with a Waldorf Emphasis or they may take the courses toward a GLWI Certificate of Completion only.  Great Lakes Waldorf Institute is affiliated with AWSNA (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America) as a developing institute, so the certificate is recognized by Waldorf schools worldwide.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: The cost of the program depends upon whether you are pursuing a Master’s Degree or not. A 2016-17 Tuition Chart attempts to make clear the way GLWI’s partnership with Mount Mary University works financially.

Q: Who are the faculty that are teaching the classes?

A: The Great Lakes Waldorf Institute faculty is made up of trained, experienced Waldorf teachers coming from a variety of backgrounds to share their areas of expertise. Many faculty are teachers in our local Waldorf schools and most of them are also long-time Waldorf parents. We also bring in teachers from outside this region to present specific courses throughout the training sequence.

Q: Where are the Great Lakes Waldorf Institute courses held?

A: Courses are held at Tamarack Waldorf School, 1150 East Brady St., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at Prairie Hill Waldorf School, N17W29143 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee, WI, or at Mount Mary University, 2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway, Milwaukee, WI.

Q: How do I apply for the program?

A: For details, please see the registration information.

Q: What is the deadline for registration?

A: We ask that students complete all registration processes two weeks prior to the start of the course, whether it be the Summer Intensive, fall or spring courses, or independent study courses.  There will be a limit to the number of participants in each course.

Q: Whom do I contact at Mount Mary University?

A: Contact Deb Dosemagen, Director of Mount Mary’s Graduate Education Program at (414)256-1214, ext. 214,

Q: Where can I stay while I’m attending classes for the Summer Intensive Program in Milwaukee?

A: We have some host families from the local Waldorf community are offering overnight space in their homes for out-of-town participants, arrangements with local university furnished apartments and more. Contact Lori Barian for more information at 414-698-6694 or