Sunbridge’s Waldorf Elementary Teacher Education program welcomes applicants who have completed a minimum of 60 credits at an accredited college or university or are enrolled in a bachelor’s program and on track to complete those 60 credits before their Sunbridge graduation. Foundation Studies coursework is embedded in our program curriculum and is not a separate prerequisite; however, you are expected to have some familiarity with Waldorf Education.
Accepted students must be able to complete requirements for practical experiences working in a Waldorf classroom during the course of the program. “In-service” teachers (Sunbridge students who are full-time practicing lead Waldorf class or subject teachers) are required to perform three weeks of practica (including observations and student teaching in classrooms other than their own). “Pre-service” teachers (all other Sunbridge students) are required to complete four consecutive weeks of student teaching in an AWSNA-affiliated Waldorf school in years two and three of the program, as well as observe in a Waldorf school for three weeks over the course of the program. See Program Components/Practical Work in the Classroom under Elementary Teacher Education for full description of these requirements.
This program enrolls every summer. The next cohort enrolls July 2022.
NOTE: Highly experienced Waldorf elementary teachers looking to complete their Waldorf teacher training may qualify for our Completion Track option.
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.
- Complete an online application form (available here October 1 for the summer 2022 entering cohort).
- A completed application includes:
- Application form
- Non-refundable $50 application fee. Applications submitted after the May 1 deadline must contain an additional $50 late fee.
- Current resumé
- Personal statement
- Two letters of recommendation, accompanied by your signed letter of recommendation form and sent from your recommender directly to the Sunbridge Institute Admissions Office
- Official transcripts bearing the signature and seal of your degree-granting institution/s, or indicating 60 bachelor credits earned, sent directly to the Sunbridge Institute Admissions Office
- If mailing any materials, please send 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 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 or contact our admissions coordinator at [email protected]/845-425-0055 x20.
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 the admissions office at [email protected] / 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 disability.