Overview

GLWI’s Teacher Development Program was originally developed as preparation for teaching grades 1-8 in a Waldorf school, and our institute has been developing its 3-year part-time program with input and oversight from the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).

It wasn’t long before we recognized the need for Early Childhood teacher preparation as well, we have been steadily increasing and strengthening our program for Early Childhood teachers. We are recognized as a developing institute by the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN). Consequently, students may choose to pursue a certificate of completion in Waldorf Grades Teaching or Waldorf Early Childhood Teaching.

In the Summer Intensive, this means that students choose to enroll in either the grades-oriented or the kindergarten-oriented curriculum course.  A number of students have come back for an additional three summers to take the other courses as well, so they take all the courses that GLWI has to offer.

Grades Program

Grades-oriented blackboard drawing from GLWI’s 2011 Summer Intensive

Grades Program students choose the grades-oriented curriculum course that is offered during each Summer Intensive. Those three courses, the three fall grades-oriented curriculum courses, plus the Fieldwork II and the Practicum Independent Study courses focused on the grade school realm of the Waldorf school constitute the grades-oriented content required for the Certificate of Completion.

Early Childhood Program

Mother puppet, made by a student in the Early Childhood course, Summer 2011

Early Childhood Program students choose the Early Childhood course that is offered, in place of the grades-oriented curriculum course, during each Summer Intensive. In the fall, they take the same course as the Grades Program students, but they have significant opportunity during the course for Early Childhood content provided by Early Childhood instructors. The three summer EC courses, plus the three fall courses with the EC content, plus the Fieldwork II and the Practicum Independent Study courses focused on the early childhood realm of the Waldorf school constitute the early childhood-oriented content required for the Certificate of Completion.