Waldorf Early Childhood Educator Training

2 Years Part Time
Entry Alternate Years
Next Intake Summer 2021

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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
  • 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*

* 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 Early Childhood training meets the requirements for a year of teacher training towards this certificate.

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

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Program Dates

  • The summer session in 2020 begins on the afternoon of June 28 and continues through to the Friday evening of the last week, July 17. The summer session will be held online this year.
  • The November session begins on November 6 and goes to November 14. These dates vary from year to year. This session will be held online this year.
  • The February session begins on the Sunday evening of the third week in February, in which Waldorf schools in the West have their teachers’ conference (the week of Presidents Day in the USA). This session is held at the Vancouver Waldorf School in North Vancouver.

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.
  • Archive fees of $10 Cdn annually
  • 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 a $30 fee Cdn.
  • Cancellations/withdrawals will be refunded in accordance with the requirements of PTIB of British Columbia.
  • 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.

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 $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 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 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, accommodation arrangements in the Duncan area can be made through the Duncan Housing Co-ordinator of the West Coast Institute. The charge is $30 per night per person.
    (WCI Summer Housing Information)
  • 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

Early Childhood Program Director

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


West Coast Institute for Studies in Anthroposophy

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