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About WISM

The Waldorf Institute of Southeastern Michigan (WISM), founded in 1991, offers courses in anthroposophical studies, artistic workand Waldorf education courses for prospective elementary and early childhood teachers. We also offer general adult education courses for those interested in deepening their study of the arts and Anthroposophy, Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy of creative idealism.

WISM offers a path to Waldorf certification for both early childhood and elementary education (grades 1 to 8) class teachers. If you have considered becoming a Waldorf teacher, we would like to discuss our programs with you.

WISM courses also provide professional development opportunities for currently practicing teachers who would like to deepen their work in the classroom. For those who are seeking personal enrichment or are intrigued by Rudolf Steiner’s work, we can recommend just the right classes.

Almost 100 years ago, Rudolf Steiner delivered a set of lectures to the individuals who would become the first Waldorf school faculty. His remarks laid the foundation for an education that engages the imagination, fosters social responsibility, and correlates the curriculum with the stages of child development. Waldorf students develop a life-long love of learning and the confidence to find their place in the world. Opening such an innovative new school was a very bold step in the chaotic conditions of Central Europe following World War I, but history – and the success of generations of Waldorf alumni – has demonstrated the wisdom and validity of Steiner’s ideas.

Today Waldorf schools dot the globe, from China to South Africa, Russia to Brazil, Israel to Australia. Here in Michigan, children have been nourished by the Waldorf curriculum for decades, and this September, hundreds  returned to their Waldorf classrooms.

If you would like to return to a classroom, consider WISM courses. Come join us as we begin to imagine the next 100 years of Waldorf education.

The Waldorf Institute of Southeastern Michigan offers:

  • Weekend program of 10 weekends per school year with two week-long summer intensives—allowing you to work full-time, live in your local community and complete training.
  • Two year completion plan—enabling you to complete your foundation studies preparation, teacher preparation courses, and practicum within two calendar years. The flexibility to extend the completion of the program over a longer period of time.
  • Master teachers drawn from around the region, with a dedication to adult education and a desire to support students on their journey into the classroom.
  • Affordable program in Southeastern Michigan; courses cost $275 or $450 depending on hours, and the full year cost is approximately $7,500. Visit the course guide for further information.
  • Opportunities to experience the Waldorf curriculum first-hand through artistic activities.
  • Mentoring, student advising and one-on-one support and assistance in our limited enrollment program.
  • Opportunities to observe, volunteer in, and then complete student teaching practicum in local Michigan Waldorf Schools. Detroit Waldorf School and the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor.

We hope that this web site will give you an introduction to the programs and courses that the Waldorf Institute of Southeastern Michigan has to offer you. We encourage you to follow up by contacting us to start a conversation about whether Waldorf Education is for you.

The Waldorf Institute of Southeastern Michigan does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preference in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.