Waldorf Early Childhood Educator Training
Birth to Seven

2 Years Part Time
Entry Every Two Years
Next Intake Summer, 2025

Apply Now for 2025

This is a two year part-time training for students who have already had some exposure to Waldorf early childhood education. The emphasis will be on understanding all aspects of child development and on deepening in the understanding of how to provide Waldorf programming for children from birth to seven. 

Within the part-time Waldorf Early Childhood Educator Program is a Birth to Three certificate option that culminates in the first 14 months of the program. 

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 early childhood educator. Courses in painting, eurythmy, speech, storytelling, singing, music, clay, woodwork, handwork and spacial dynamics, amongst others, will be offered.

Career Applications

Waldorf Early Childhood Education teacher – preschools, kindergartens, parent/child programs, extended care programs, childcare in the home and in centres and/or parent education seminars and/or handwork presentation opportunities.

Program Format

Each year of the 2 year program includes:

  • 3 weeks summer intensive in Duncan on Vancouver Island, BC.
  • 1 week in November (5.5 day intensive) in North Vancouver, BC.
  • 1 week in February (5.5 day intensive) in North Vancouver, BC.

Further requirements:

  • Observation visits
  • Practicum visits
  • Work experience mentor visits
  • Mentorship with a Supervising Mentor throughout the Program

On Completion of Program

Students who successfully complete the program will receive a Waldorf Early Childhood Educator Certificate*

* Students who plan to teach in a licensed Early Child Care Facility in BC will require an Early Childhood Education Certificate (ECE), from the Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Registry in BC.

* The West Coast Institute Early Childhood Program is approved by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN), the International Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education (IASWECE) and 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 of BC (PTIB).

* Students who wish to teach kindergarten in Waldorf Schools in BC must hold either a provincial teaching certificate or a degree accepted by the Independent Schools Branch of the BC Ministry of Education. Our Waldorf Early Childhood training meets the requirements for a year of teacher training towards this certificate.

List of Courses

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Program Dates

Upcoming Session Dates

  • The summer, 2024 session dates are June 29th to July 19th, 2024.
    This session is held at Sunrise Waldorf School on Vancouver Island.
  • The November, 2024 session dates are November 9th to 16th, 2024.
    This session is held at the Vancouver Waldorf School in North Vancouver.
  • The February, 2025 session dates are February 15th to 22nd, 2025.
    This session is held at the Vancouver Waldorf School in North Vancouver.

Program Fees

  • Each year has 5 weeks of course work plus the follow up mentoring meetings and is $7500 Cdn. (Tuition may be subject to an annual increase.)
  • One-time, non-refundable application fee of $125 Cdn.
  • Additional costs for required course textbooks and some supplies.
  • Tuition fees can be paid in full on June 1, or in the following instalments: June 1 – $4500; October 1 – $1500; Jan 1 – $1500.
    Students receiving AWSNA loans and grants or Vidar loans will have their invoices adjusted in October and January. The payment deadline is mid month after which 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 a $30 fee 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 secondary school diploma.
  • 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 Early Childhood Educator 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 a resumé.
  • Applicants must submit a recent photograph.
  • Applicants must pay the $125 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 borne 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 15th, 2025.

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

Meals & Accommodation

Summer Session

Spring & Fall Sessions

Waldorf Early Childhood Program Directors

Ruth Ker: ece@westcoastinstitute.org | 250-748-7791

Debbie Laurin: debbielaurin@westcoastinstitute.org


West Coast Institute for Studies in Anthroposophy

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