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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.

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.

The cost of the program depends upon whether you are pursuing a Master’s Degree or not. Please see the Tuition Chart located under APPLY NOW.
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 of our 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.
Courses are held at Tamarack Waldorf School, 1150 East Brady St., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at Mount Mary University, 2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway, Milwaukee, WI, or at Prairie Hill Waldorf School, N17W29143 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee, WI.
We accept new students in January and in July but not in September. Student applications should be submitted by December 15 for January enrollment and by May 15 for July enrollment. For details, please see the registration information located under APPLY NOW.
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.
Contact Deb Dosemagen, Director of Mount Mary’s Graduate Education Program at (414)256-1214, ext. 214,
We have some host families from the local Waldorf community offering overnight space in their homes for out-of-town participants, arrangements with local university furnished apartments and more. Contact Sandra Martin for more information at (414)299-3820 or

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