Sunbridge’s Waldorf Elementary Teacher Education program welcomes applicants who have completed a minimum of 60 credits at an accredited college or university. Foundation Studies coursework is embedded in our program curriculum and is not a separate prerequisite; however, we do expect you to have some familiarity with Waldorf Education.
It is also expected that you’ll be able to work actively with children in a Waldorf elementary school throughout the length of the program in one of the following ways:
- Class teacher
- Subject teacher
- Assistant or intern
- Regular volunteer
- Waldorf kindergarten teacher or assistant if you are able to observe regularly in the grade school and can fulfill the practice teaching requirements
- Lead teacher in another school where you can implement Waldorf principles and methods
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. 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 a fee will not be processed. Applications submitted after the May 1 deadline must contain an additional $50 late fee.
- Current resumé
- Personal statement
- Two letters of recommendation. Letters should be sent from the recommending persons directly to the Sunbridge Institute Admissions Office
- Official transcripts bearing the signature and seal of your degree-granting institution/s sent directly to the Sunbridge Institute Admissions Office
- Send all materials to:
Sunbridge Institute Office of Admissions
285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977
Once your application is received, it is reviewed for completeness and forwarded to our program director, Jana Hawley, who will contact you to arrange a phone interview. Admissions decisions are sent out soon thereafter, on a rolling basis.
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.
Please click here to learn about the step-by-step process of applying for a visa with the support of Sunbridge Institute.
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.
Applicants requesting transfer credit evaluation must show that their previous courses were taken at an AWSNA-recognized Waldorf teacher education institute, and must provide transcripts and course descriptions. The transfer course hours may not exceed 50% of the courses required for completion of the Sunbridge program. See our catalog for full requirements regarding transfer credits.
Occasionally, applicants are admitted to Sunbridge provisionally with the stipulation that they meet specific conditions as indicated in their letter of acceptance.
Enrolled students (those who have been accepted into the Elementary Teacher Education 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). 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.
Contact Penelope-Myles Voss
Admissions, Alumni, and Summer Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org / 845-425-0055 x20.
In all of its dealings, including its admissions, educational, and employment practices, it is the policy of Sunbridge Institute, its Trustees, officers, employees and other duly authorized agents not to discriminate against any individual or group for reasons of race, color, creed, gender, age, culture, ethnicity, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation or identification, or mental or physical handicap.