Admissions Information

Each of Sunbridge Institute’s teacher education offerings has different prerequisites for admission. Please use this page to learn of our entrance requirements and admissions process. To learn more about our individual offerings, please refer to each program page.

Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Education

Our full Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Education program welcomes applicants who have been actively working in a Waldorf early childhood setting for one school year prior to enrollment in Sunbridge. This requirement includes lead teachers, assistant teachers, parent-child group leaders, interns, and regular volunteers and substitutes. While the most ideal preparation is five mornings a week over the course of a year, two mornings a week for a year is an acceptable minimum. It is also expected that you will continue to work actively with children in a Waldorf early childhood setting throughout the length of the program.  (Please note that students who are not working within a WECAN-recognized Waldorf early childhood setting may be required to do an additional internship before receiving their Sunbridge diploma.)

If you are not currently working in a Waldorf early childhood setting and would like to locate one near you, please visit the WECAN website (Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America).

Applicants are expected to be familiar with Waldorf Education and anthroposophy through study groups, workshops, and seminars. Foundation Studies is embedded in the program curriculum and is not a separate prerequisite.

A bachelor’s degree is not required for admission to this program, but you must possess a high school degree.

This program enrolls every other year.

Our next Early Childhood Teacher Education program (2018-20 cohort) enters summer 2018. Applications will be posted October 1, 2017.

Please see our program page for full details.

Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Education
(Completion Track)

The Completion Track of Sunbridge’s Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Education program welcomes applicants who have both significant experience working as Waldorf early childhood educators and prior, relevant coursework, and who are seeking to apply their background toward earning a WECAN-approved diploma. Candidates must have a minimum of 5 years of lead-teaching experience in a WECAN-affiliated Waldorf setting, and 200+ hours of relevant coursework. This coursework may include, but is not limited to, trainings such as Waldorf Elementary Teacher Education, LifeWays, Sophia’s Hearth, or Foundation Studies, and should include studies in these categories:

  • Anthroposophical studies
  • Birth-to-age-three
  • Arts for the educator
  • Child development and Waldorf Education

You must be actively working in a Waldorf early childhood setting both at the time of your application and during your enrollment in our program.

Applicants are expected to be familiar with Waldorf Education and anthroposophy through study groups, workshops, and seminars. Foundation Studies is embedded in the program curriculum and is not a separate prerequisite. A bachelor’s degree is not required for admission to this program, but you must possess a high school degree.

Our 2017-18 Early Childhood Teacher Education Completion Track enrolls June 2017.

Part 1 of our 2-part application process for this program is an Eligibility Review to confirm that your prior experience and coursework is aligned with the content and standards of Early Childhood Teacher Education at Sunbridge Institute.

Please see our program page for full details.

Waldorf Elementary Teacher Education

Our Waldorf Elementary Teacher Education program welcomes applicants who either already possess a bachelor’s degree or who are enrolled in a bachelor’s program and are on track to complete that degree prior to completion of the Sunbridge program.  We expect that you have some familiarity with Waldorf Education and will be able to work actively with children in a Waldorf elementary school throughout the length of the program (in the form of mentored teaching or student teaching). Foundation Studies is embedded in the program curriculum and is not a separate prerequisite.

This program enrolls every year.

The 2017-20 cohort enters July 2017.

Click here to apply online.
Click here to download a paper application.

Please see our program page for full details.

Waldorf Grades 1-12 World Language Teacher Education

This specialized intensive is designed for those working as—or aspiring to work as—world language teachers in grades one-through-twelve Waldorf classrooms.

A bachelor’s degree is not required for admission, but you must possess a high school degree.

This intensive enrolls every other year. The next enrolls July 2017.

Click here to apply online.
Click here to download a paper application

Please see our program page for full details.

Waldorf Elementary Music Teacher Education

This specialized intensive is designed for those working as—or aspiring to work as—music teachers in grades one-through-eight Waldorf classrooms.

Applicants must be proficient musicians (either instrumentalists or vocalists), be able to read music, and possess an understanding of music theory. A bachelor’s degree is not required for admission, but you must possess a high school degree.

This intensive enrolls every other year. The next cohort enrolls in summer 2018. Application will be posted October 1, 2017.

Please see our program page for full details.

 

Application Process

Complete an application form. If applying via paper, please submit your form and the application fee, along with specified supporting documents, to the address below.

Sunbridge Institute Office of Admissions
285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977

A completed application includes:
  • Application form – completed, signed and dated
  • Non-refundable $50 application fee. Applications received without this fee will not be processed. Applications submitted less than five weeks before the program begins must also include a $50 late fee.
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement
  • Letter(s) of recommendation. Letters should be sent from the recommenders directly to the Sunbridge Institute Admissions Office
  • If applicable, an official transcript bearing the signature and seal of your degree-granting institution, or any college attended, sent directly to the Sunbridge Institute Admissions Office. Otherwise, a copy of your high school transcript or diploma.
  • If applying for Financial Aid, all appropriate paperwork

Once your completed application is received, we will forward it to the appropriate Program Director. Applicants to our Elementary program and World Language or Elementary Music intensives will be contact to arrange a phone interview; interviews are not part of the application process to our Early Childhood program.  Admissions decisions are sent out soon thereafter, on a rolling basis. 

Admissions applications may be submitted at any time, and admissions decisions are made throughout the year. The general deadline for application is five weeks before the start of the program; applications submitted after that date are considered on a space-available basis.

Our 2017 entering cohorts start their study on the following dates:

Early Childhood Completion Track: June 19
Elementary Teacher Education: July 10
Grades 1-12 World Language Teacher Education: July 10

All applicants whose first language is not English or who have taken their prior education in a non-English-speaking college or university must demonstrate oral and written proficiency in English during the admissions process (through a hand written personal statement and phone conversation). Taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) may be required.

For information regarding transferring into our Elementary program, see the Elementary Admissions page.

Occasionally, applicants are admitted to Sunbridge Institute provisionally, with the stipulation that they meet specific conditions as indicated in their letter of acceptance.

Enrollment Deferral

Enrolled students (those who have been accepted into a Sunbridge program, have completed and signed a current enrollment agreement and meningitis and photo release forms, and have paid a non-refundable registration fee which is applied toward tuition) may defer enrollment for one enrollment cycle (one year for Elementary Teacher Education, two years for Early Childhood Teacher Education).  Before returning, the student must have a phone conversation with the Director of Education. If significant changes in life circumstance have occurred, the Director of Education will refer to the Program Director for a follow-up conversation.

Deferments may not be extended; if you choose not to matriculate in the next enrollment cycle, you must re-apply to be considered for admission in a future cycle and pay all pertinent fees (including application and registration fees).

Individuals interested in seeking an enrollment deferral should contact the Admissions Office to begin the process.

 

For assistance, please contact us or call Penelope-Myles Voss, our Admissions and Summer Series Coordinator, at 845-425-0055 x20.

 

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