Why GLWI?

Are you seeking to earn a Certificate in Waldorf Grades Teaching or a Certificate in Waldorf Early Childhood Teaching? Great Lakes Waldorf Institute offers both programs.

Do you your professional goals include helping grow and strengthen the Waldorf education movement as an adult educator? GLWI offers a Master of Arts Degree in Education with a Waldorf Emphasis through our partnership with Mount Mary University.

Have you been a practicing Waldorf teacher for 8 years or more with some prior AWSNA-recognized teacher education? GLWI also offers a Certificate Completion Program for Experienced Waldorf Educators.

Would you appreciate engaging in anthroposophical enrichment as part of your path of spiritual self-development? GLWI’s spring Foundations courses will support your process.

Do you feel that you live too far from Milwaukee to participate in our programs? GLWI’s use of distance learning modalities in conjunction with in-person intensives can make all of these programs available to you.

Grades Teaching Certificate

Are you seeking a certificate in Waldorf Grades Teaching? Do you envision yourself teaching first through eighth grade with the same group of students and growing and learning along with them over those eight years? Are you already teaching in a Waldorf grade school classroom as an assistant or as the class teacher?

If “yes” is your answer to any of the above questions, then you will be pursuing GLWI’s Waldorf Grades Teaching Certificate of Completion. As a Grades Program student, you will take many of the same courses as the Early Childhood Program students; however, you will be focusing your coursework on the grades curriculum as follows:

  • During each Summer Intensive, you will choose the grades-oriented curriculum course that is offered.
  • During each fall course, you will focus on the grades-oriented curriculum content and attend the Grades Program retreat.
  • When you take your Independent Study Fieldwork II and Practicum courses, you will focus on the grade school realm of the Waldorf school.

Please see the Certificate Program Requirements (link here) for an overview of all the coursework required.

Early Childhood Teaching Certificate

Are you seeking a certificate in Waldorf Early Childhood or Kidnergarten Teaching? Do you envision yourself serving as a model of imitation for the young child, nurturing the child’s lower senses, and cultivating the child’s relationship to the seasons, elements, and natural world? Are you already teaching in a Waldorf kindergarten or early childhood classroom as an assistant or as the lead teacher?

If “yes” is your answer to any of the above questions, then you will be pursuing GLWI’s Waldorf Early Childhood Teaching Certificate of Completion. As an Early Childhood Program student, you will take many of the same courses as the Grades Program students; however, you will be focusing your coursework on the early childhood realm as follows:

  • During each Summer Intensive, you will choose the early childhood-oriented curriculum course that is offered.
  • During each fall course, you will focus on the early childhood-oriented curriculum content and attend the Early Childhood (EC) Program retreat.
  • When you take your Independent Study Fieldwork II and Practicum courses, you will focus on the early childhool realm of the Waldorf school.

Please see the Certificate Program Requirements (link here) for an overview of all the coursework required.

MMU MA in Education with a Waldorf Emphasis

Since its first summer intensive in 2002, GLWI has maintained a partnership with Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, that affords students an opportunity to earn a fully accredited Master of Arts in Education Degree with a Waldorf Emphasis.

Mount Mary University encourages academic excellence. The 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.

When looking at the GLWI Certificate Program Requirements (link here), all of the EDU courses can be taken for graduate credit and applied to the Master’s Degree. The GLWI courses are required for the Certificate of Completion, but not the Master’s Degree. An additional 9 credits of Mount Mary University EDU courses, including the final action research project, are required for the Master’s Degree. The final project required for the Master’s Degree also counts as the final Capstone Project for the Certificate.

The Master’s Degree does not equal a State of Wisconsin Teaching License. However, one may work with MMU to earn a Wisconsin state teaching license, requiring one more year of coursework.

Mount Mary prides itself on being a “Creative Campus.” Please visit this page for an overview of this wonderful university that is “educating students to transform the world.” MMU serves women on the undergraduate level and is co-educational at the graduate level.

GLWI Program Completion

Capstone Project Presentations

Each July, during the evening of the second last day of the GLWI Summer Intensive, graduating students make a presentation about their final project, sharing their research question and results. The GLWI Core Faculty, currently enrolled students, and faculty and staff from area Waldorf schools attend. The graduating students also create a display of the portfolio of their work since they started the program. The presentation and portfolio display is a required step for being awarded the Certificate.

Celebration of Graduation and Student Work

Each July, the last day of the GLWI Summer Intensive includes a Celebration of Graduation and Student Work. At this event, currently enrolled students share examples of their Summer Intensive work through performances and artistic displays, and graduating students are honored for their accomplishment and are awarded their Certificates in a ceremony. Family, friends and the general public are invited to attend these celebrations.