The Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training
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, a Foundation Studies Program, a Healing Through Art Program, and a Summer Program for practicing teachers, parents and the public that features courses in the arts and Waldorf pedagogy; 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 Saturdays) mid-September through mid-May, and four week summer sessions (mid-June to mid-July, Monday through Friday). The weekend session takes place at the Wildcat Canyon Community School and the summer session takes place at Marin Waldorf School.
During our Summer Program we open our doors to the wider Waldorf community and the public to share in the culture of creativity that we strive to work with in our teacher training program. At the heart of our training is the intention to not merely learn Waldorf methods and practices but discover and awaken forces in the human being that are capable of renewing culture.
Our summer courses offer participants condensed versions of our core work that tap into the places where those awakening and renewing forces reside. Through the study of Anthroposophy and the practice of the Arts we connect to the inspirations we need to reshape the culture of classroom, home and studio.
Summer courses change from year to year. Sign up to be informed of upcoming Summer Program 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:
2021-2022 Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training Catalog
2020 & 2021 Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training Performance Fact Sheet
2021 Annual Report submitted to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education