Waldorf Grades Teacher Training

3 Years Part Time
Entry Every Year
Next Intake Summer, 2022

Application deadline May 15, 2022

Apply Online Now for 2022

This three-year, part-time program of professional Waldorf teacher education is offered to those who are seeking to teach out of an understanding of Waldorf Education and what it can contribute to children today. Throughout the three years, studies in Anthroposophy and Waldorf Education are interwoven with artistic and practical subjects.

Students will study books on Anthroposophy, Waldorf Education and other relevant texts. The emphasis will be on understanding all aspects of child development. The artistic courses have a two-fold purpose; to enhance personal self-development and creativity, and to provide a basis for the work of the class teacher. Courses in painting, eurythmy, speech and drama, storytelling, singing, music, clay modeling, woodwork and Spacial Dynamics, amongst others, will be offered. A major aim of the training is to awaken independent thinking, ignite enthusiasm and foster creativity.

Career Application

Waldorf Grades Teacher

Program Format

Each year of the 3 year program includes:

  • 3 weeks summer intensive in Duncan on Vancouver Island, BC.
  • 1 week in November (5 day intensive) in North Vancouver, BC.
  • 1 week in February (5 day intensive) in North Vancouver, BC.

Further requirements:

  • Observation visits
  • Practicum visits
  • Mentor visits
  • Local mentorship with a Supervising Mentor throughout the Program

On Completion of Program

Students who successfully complete the program will receive a Waldorf Teaching Certificate *

*  West Coast Institute Grades Program is approved by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA),  the Independent Schools Branch of the BC Ministry of Education, and has Designated Status with the Private Training Institutes Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education in BC (PTIB).

*  Students who wish to teach in Waldorf schools in BC must also hold either a provincial teaching certificate or a degree accepted by the Independent Schools Branch of the BC Ministry of Education.

List of Courses

More Details

Program Dates

  • The November session runs from November 7-12, 2021. This session is held at the Vancouver Waldorf School in North Vancouver, or online if necessary.
  • The February session dates for 2022 are yet to be determined. This session is held at the Vancouver Waldorf School in North Vancouver, or online if necessary.
  • The summer session dates for 2022 are yet to be determined. This session is held at the Sunrise Waldorf School on Vancouver Island, or online if necessary.

Program Fees

  • 5 weeks of course work plus the follow up mentoring meetings is $5700 Cdn.
  • One-time, non-refundable application fee of $100 Cdn.
  • Additional costs for required course textbooks and some supplies.
  • Tuition fees can be paid at $1140 per week, one month prior to each session or in monthly installments.
  • After the payment deadline is past, a late fee of $100 Cdn will be charged.
  • Electronic payments are preferred, always using the link on the website: Interac payments for Canadians and PayPal for International Students.
  • Payments should always be made in Canadian dollars.
  • NSF cheques will be charged $30 Cdn.
  • Cancellations/withdrawals will be refunded in accordance with the requirements of PTIB of British Columbia. Please see our Refund Policy for details.
  • The West Coast Institute for Studies in Anthroposophy reserves the right to make changes to fees, policies, regulations and courses when deemed necessary and as permitted by PTIB.

Technology Needs

  • Students are required to have access to the internet for online sessions,  an active email account, and use of a cell phone, tablet or computer that can host Zoom video calls, Google Classrooms and Google Documents.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants should have experience working with children, preferably in a Waldorf setting.
  • Applicants are required to have a post-secondary education, for example a University or College degree or a Provincial Teaching Certificate.
  • Applicants should be at least 23 years old.
  • Applicants must be proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking in English. Please see our Language Proficiency Policy for details.

Application Process

An interview with one of the Institute’s Program Directors, or someone in your local area requested by them to do so, is necessary prior to acceptance. Please complete the process as described below, being sure to show details of any post-secondary diplomas and/or degrees earned or description of life experience since leaving high school.

  • Applicants must complete and submit the Waldorf Grades Teacher Training application for admission form and email the contents noted below.
  • Applicants must send a note from a licensed physician which certifies that the applicant is in good health, free from communicable disease, including TB, and fit to undertake training.
  • Applicants must submit a brief biography.
  • Applicants must submit transcript(s) to indicate level of post-secondary studies.
  • Applicants must submit a resumé.
  • Applicants must submit a recent photograph.
  • Applicants must pay the $100 Cdn non-refundable application processing fee payable to ‘West Coast Institute’.
  • Applicants must submit a copy of a criminal record check OR a current BC Teaching Certificate. The criminal record check can be provided for Canadians by the local police department or, at less cost, from the Department of Justice at www.gov.bc.ca/justice. Any charges involved must be born by the applicant.


Please visit our Policies Page.

All previous debts to the West Coast Institute must be settled prior to admission.

Application Deadline

Application Deadline: May 15 before the training begins.

  • Applications that are received after this date will be considered if there are still places available.

Meals & Accommodation

Summer Session

  • In summer, housing is available in private homes in the community. Please email Carolyn at manager(at)westcoastinstitute.org for a list of available private homes with rooms for rent.
  • During training sessions, meals are available on campus.
    (WCI Program Meals Form)
  • All travel arrangements are to be made by students.
    (WCI Driving Directions, WCI Travel Directions)
  • Students coming from outside Canada should check the status of their medical insurance.

Spring & Fall Sessions

Grades Program Director

Lisa Masterson
grades@westcoastinstitute.org | 949-220-3193


West Coast Institute for Studies in Anthroposophy

Email: info(at)westcoastinstitute.org
Tel: 604-740-0539