Our Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Education program welcomes applications from both in-service teachers (individuals who are actively working a minimum three days a week as lead or assisting teachers in a WECAN/AWSNA-affiliated or Waldorf-inspired early childhood setting, including home-based programs) and pre-service teachers (all other individuals).
In-service applicants who are working in home-based programs, and all pre-service applicants, are required to have five days documented observation in an early childhood setting of an WECAN/AWSNA affiliated Waldorf school within two years prior to beginning their Sunbridge studies. If you are not currently situated in a WECAN/AWSNA Waldorf early childhood setting and would like to locate one near you, visit WECAN (Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America) for a member listing.
The program holds requirements for all students to observe and work with children in a Waldorf early childhood setting during the program; these requirements vary according to a student’s work status.
Applicants are expected to be familiar with Waldorf Education and anthroposophy through faculty study and other study groups, workshops, and conferences. As anthroposophical Foundation Studies are embedded in the program curriculum, previous Foundation Studies coursework is not a prerequisite for admission; however, applicants are strongly encouraged to engage in Foundation Studies either prior to or concurrent with their Sunbridge study. Applicants are also encouraged to visit and experience Waldorf schools as often as possible.
Applicants who are highly experienced Waldorf early childhood educators with significant relevant prior coursework may qualify for our Early Childhood Completion Track.
A bachelor’s degree is not required for admission to the program, but a high school diploma is required.
This program enrolls every other summer. The next cohort enters June 2022.
The regular application deadline is May 1. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible (especially those individuals seeking financial aid). Applications submitted after May 1 are considered on a space-available basis and must contain a late application fee.
- Complete an application form. Applications for the next cohort, entering June 2022, will be available here October 1, 2021. You may apply online, download a pdf of the form, or request to have a paper version sent to you by filling out an inquiry form or by contacting us at 845-425-0055 x20.
- A completed application includes:
- Application form – completed, signed and dated
- Non-refundable $50 application fee. Applications submitted without this fee will not be processed. Applications submitted after May 1 must include a $50 late fee.
- Current resumé
- Personal statement
- One letter of recommendation sent from the recommending person directly to the Sunbridge Institute Admissions Office
- If applicable, a transcript from your degree-granting institution or any college attended. Otherwise, a high school transcript or diploma.
- Send your application and non-refundable application fee of $50 to:
Sunbridge Institute Office of Admissions
285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977
Applications may be submitted at any time. Once your application is received, it is reviewed for completeness and forwarded to an Early Childhood Program director who will contact you for an interview. Admissions decisions are sent out soon thereafter, on a rolling basis.
Occasionally, applicants are admitted to Sunbridge Institute on a provisional basis. In such cases, students are accepted into the program with the proviso that they meet specific conditions as indicated in their letter of acceptance.
Sunbridge is approved by the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to invite the transfer of foreign students into the United States to study at our Institute. We welcome students from all over the world to join our student body and engage in the pursuit of becoming a Waldorf teacher.
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NOTE: 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.
Accepted program students who have paid a non-refundable registration fee (which is applied toward tuition) may defer enrollment for up to one enrollment cycle.
Before returning, the student must submit an updated personal statement including a listing of their current teaching experience and subsequently have a phone conversation with the director of education. If significant changes in life circumstance have occurred, the director of education will refer the student to a program director for a follow-up conversation. Students must then complete an enrollment agreement, along with meningitis and photo release forms, before being considered officially enrolled.
Individuals interested in seeking an enrollment deferral should contact the admissions office to begin the process.
If you have any questions about applying to our program, we encourage you to contact our admissions office at email@example.com / 845-425-0055 x20
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