A Brief History of WTEE
Teacher education began in Eugene in 1990 when six individuals working in the Eugene Waldorf School (EWS), as teachers or administrative staff, formed the first Foundation Year courses. That year, twenty nine students, largely from the parent body of EWS, enrolled. This confirmed the thought that a northwest institute was needed. The first Teacher Education Year followed immediately. Since then, the close relationship between EWS and WTEE has remained a cornerstone in the success of WTEE. Enrollment is normally between 20 and 30 students, in both courses combined. Presently, there are ten faculty.
The program joined the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) in its seventh year of operation and is presently a full member institute. The Foundation Year and the Teacher Education Year are offered separately, allowing transfers into the Education Year from other similar Foundation Year Programs. Each year culminates with a certificate of completion, which is accepted throughout the United States and internationally.
WTEE was organized to meet the needs of working people, especially in the Foundation Year Studies program. Teacher Education students have gradually found it more difficult to work more than 15 hours per week regularly, as the program has expanded to nearly full-time. In addition to the course offerings of WTEE, there are opportunities to expand studies through WTEE Community Enrichment Courses, which include classes and workshops offered throughout the year on an alternate schedule to that of WTEE. Subscribe to our email list to get notified when new courses are offered.
The growth and development of the program has been and is envisioned to continue to be operable within the limits of the EWS facilities, and within its principle budgetary considerations and philosophy. The wish to make this education affordable to working people with families remains constant in all of our decisions which impact finances.