Waldorf Early Childhood Educator Training

2 Years Part Time
Entry Every Two Years
Next Intake Summer, 2023

The application deadline for the 2021 cohort has passed; the application form for the
2023 cohort will open soon.

This two-year, part-time program is offered to those who are seeking to deepen their knowledge and understanding of what Waldorf education has to contribute to the healthy growth and development of the young child. Throughout the two 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 early childhood teacher. Courses in painting, eurythmy, speech, storytelling, singing, music, clay modelling, 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 Applications

Waldorf Early Childhood Education (ECE) 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
  • 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 Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Registry.

List of Courses

More Details

Program Dates

Upcoming Session Dates
  • The November session will be held from November 6th through 13th. 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 Sunrise Waldorf School on Vancouver Island.

Program Fees

  • Each year has 5 weeks of course work plus the follow up mentoring meetings and 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 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. The application deadline for the 2021 cohort has passed; the application form for the 2023 cohort will open soon.
  • 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, 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

Waldorf 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