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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 Development programs in that it is offered in partnership with Mount Mary University as a Master’s degree program, requiring a Bachelor’s degree as a prerequisite.
Our decision to limit enrollment to those who have already earned Bachelor’s degrees came in conjunction with the increase in requirements and expectations of our program. In addition, AWSNA encourages schools to hire teachers who have formal degrees in addition to having a certificate of completion from an affiliated 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.
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 Candidate for Full Member, so the certificate is recognized by Waldorf schools worldwide.