The Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training was founded in 2001 by students seeking an in-depth Waldorf teacher program. The Center offers a Waldorf Teacher Training Certificate Program during the academic year; a Summer Arts Festival featuring courses in the arts and Waldorf pedagogy in the summer; and Community Enrichment Classes, Workshops, and Lectures throughout the year.
Our primary focus is a three-year course of study which leads to certification. A new course of study begins each school year and includes both part-time weekend sessions (Friday evenings and Saturday mornings) September through May, and four week summer sessions (end of June to the end of July, Monday through Friday). All classes, weekend and summer, take place at the East Bay Waldorf School.
Our Summer Arts Festival includes workshops in Waldorf pedagogy for current Waldorf professionals, and, for the general public, intensive art classes, and courses such as ‘Waldorf for Grownups,’ ‘Parenting Workshop,’ and ‘Deepening the Understanding of Waldorf Education.’ Summer courses change from year to year. Sign up to be informed of upcoming Summer Arts Festival courses.
Throughout the year, we present classes, lectures, and workshops on topics related to anthroposophical studies, pedagogy, the arts, and current events as part of our Community Enrichment offerings.
Graduates of the certificate program are qualified to teach in any of over 1400 Waldorf schools worldwide at the pre-school, kindergarten, grade school, and high school levels. They are recognized as strong members of their school communities. Their thorough grounding in the arts and anthroposophy enables them to take on active roles in their schools and larger communities..
Scholarships, student loans, stipends and work study are available. We work with prospective students individually to arrange affordable payments. Inquiries welcome.
The Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher training is approved to operate in the State of California by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) (www.bppe.ca.gov) within the Department of Consumer Affairs. BPPE approved institutions are required to post specific documents on their websites. Here are links to the required documents:
2013-2014 Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training Catalog
2012 Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training Performance Fact Sheet
2012 Annual Report submitted to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
2013-2014 Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training Brochure