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1923 Geddes Road, Ann Arbor, MI

About Us

Waldorf Education is an education for our time which is based on a spiritual understanding of human beings and their place in the universe. It makes profound demands on the intellectual, artistic and moral capacities of the teacher. Waldorf Teacher Education is an education towards responsibility, freedom and human dignity. Through the understanding of the stages of child and adult development, studies in evolution of consciousness, artistic practices, and through self-examination and critique, the prospective teacher begins to develop the capacities necessary to work within the classroom.

Waldorf education first came to the United States in 1928, less than a decade after being launched by Rudolf Steiner, the founder of a new philosophy of the human being called Anthroposophy. Since then, close to 200 communities in North America have opened Waldorf schools, making Waldorf Education one of the fastest growing independent school movements in the world, with over 2,000 Waldorf school and early childhood centers in over 60 countries.

Along with this type of growth is a constant demand for new teachers. As a result, there are hundreds of openings in North American Waldorf schools each year for early-childhood educators, grade-school teachers, and high-school subject teachers.

The Waldorf Institute of Southeastern Michigan (WISM) is a member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN).  The programs offered that lead to the Waldorf Education Certificate are recognized by Waldorf schools all over the world.

Learn more including a brief description of our programs and contact our office to let us describe Waldorf teacher preparation and the options for accomplishing it in greater detail.  View a video on The Art of being a Waldorf Teacher providing the perspective of four currently practicing Waldorf teachers.

To find out more about Waldorf education, visit www.waldorfeducation.org or one of the local Waldorf Schools,  Detroit Waldorf School and the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor. Sign up to receive regular email updates about WISM classes and workshops.

“If someone wants to make a difference in the world, I can’t think of anything more relevant for our times than becoming a Waldorf teacher”

– JBF, Waldorf Kindergarten Teacher