The Waldorf Institute continues to be a lifeline for all who are interested in taking up the profession of
Waldorf teaching in San Diego and beyond.

At Waldorf Institute San Diego, we take a non-traditional approach to the admission process to our core program.

Who Are We Looking For?

People who will benefit society through the education of children, and who are drawn to the nourishing and healing potential of Waldorf education and its underlying philosophy, which is anthroposophy. Teachers should have a good command of English and math skills. Waldorf schools and parents generally prefer that teachers hold a college degree, although it is not a requirement for admission to Waldorf Institute. We strongly encourage people of all cultural and economic backgrounds to consider joining our program.


When Can I Start?

There are three start dates for students: June-July, September, and January. Students at different stages of the program are brought together in most classes to share and interact. We are enriched by each other's experiences and questions. We prefer you submit your application to Waldorf Institute one month prior to your preferred start date.

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How Much Will It Cost?

Suggested tuition is $8,800 per year. Flexible payment plans are available. Summer program start with the cost of $400 or less, you can join us in June 2022. 

It is possible to apply for a tuition adjustment, if necessary. It is Waldorf Institute's policy to include all qualified applicants regardless of their financial status. It is also equally possible to make additional donations to help others, either while you are a student or after you graduate.

When Do Classes Meet?

The Waldorf Institute core program meets on three Saturdays of each month, September through May. There will be no classes at Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter.


The San Diego program meets on the campus of The Waldorf School of San Diego, in City Heights. This campus is one mile from the Home Avenue exit off Interstate 805. When necessary we offer our program online as well. 

Map to San Diego Campus

How Do I Apply?

We recommend three easy steps for applying to a future Waldorf Institute Teacher and Parents Education program.

Step 1:

  • Introduce yourself to Waldorf Education.

  • Attend an 'open house' or 'walk through the grades' in at least one Waldorf school, and by reading articles and books related to Waldorf Education.

  • Please contact one of the Southern California Waldorf schools to inquire about their schedule.

  • Visit the About Waldorf page for a list of schools. You will also find web site links that include additional information about Waldorf education and contain reading lists, including The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and Steiner Books Anthroposophy Press.

Step 2:

  • Review our upcoming courses and special workshops. You are certainly welcome to attend a class of interest prior to or separate from, you are joining the Waldorf Institute program.

  • Visit the Our Program page for schedules and a list of classes.

Step 3:

  • Make an appointment for a mutual interview. We will explore together whether this program is a good fit for you.

  • Upon our mutual agreement, you will be requested to complete the registration forms and submit supporting documents listed in the registration form. Click Here to Download Student Enrollment Forms