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Accreditation and Licensing

Academic Membership and Licensing

  • Waldorf Accreditation: Rudolf Steiner College is a developing member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA). The College offers Teaching Certificates in Waldorf Education that are recognized by AWSNA. 
  • California State Approval: Rudolf Steiner College is an approved degree-granting organization by the California Bureau of Private Post-Secondary Education (BPPE).
  • Regional Accrediting Candidate: Since its founding in 1976 Rudolf Steiner College has been approved by the State of California as a private postsecondary institution. It is now seeking accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

    Rudolf Steiner College voluntarily complies with all state statutes, rules and regulations pertaining to a private postsecondary or non-WASC regionally accredited institution as defined in Section 94740.5 of the Education Code as it existed on June 30, 2007.


    Our Accreditation Application Process

    Accreditation: Rudolf Steiner College is pursuing accreditation with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) - the regional accrediting agency that accredits public and private schools, colleges and universities in California and the West. WASC requires institutions to self-evaluate, assess and strategize about long-term development plans in order to provide educational services that are rigorous, relevant and effective; applying schools must go through a series of required stages that lead to accreditation.

    All institutions seeking accreditation by WASC must first go through a screening process that determines that the institution is eligible to be considered for accreditation.

    Our Current Status

    Eligibility: Rudolf Steiner College applied for Eligibility from the Senior College Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. WASC reviewed the application and determined that Rudolf Steiner College was eligible to proceed with an application for Candidacy for Accreditation. A determination of Eligibility is not a formal status with the Accrediting Commission, nor does it assure eventual accreditation; it is a preliminary finding that the institution is potentially accreditable and can proceed within three years of its Eligibility determination to be reviewed for Candidacy status with the Accrediting Commission.

    Candidacy: On May 21, 2012, Rudolf Steiner College has been recognized as a Candidate for Accreditation by WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Avenue, Ste.100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510-748-9001. This status is a preliminary preaccreditation affiliation with the Commission awarded within the five year period allowed to achieve Initial Accreditation. Candidacy is an indication that the institution is progressing toward Initial Accreditation. Candidacy is not Accreditation and does not ensure eventual Accreditation.” 

    The MA degree in Education from Rudolf Steiner College is approved by the California Bureau of Post-Secondary Private Education. Rudolf Steiner College has been awarded Candidacy for Accreditation by our regional accrediting agency, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


    Tax Exempt Status

    Rudolf Steiner College is a tax exempt organization under the provisions of IRS code section 501(c)(3). Contributions are deductible as provided in Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

    Rudolf Steiner College is exempt from federal income tax as an educational institution under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

    As an educational institution, Rudolf Steiner College is also exempt from California state income tax.

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    Candidacy Documentation

    For more information about Rudolf Steiner College's WASC accreditation process, please contact our Accreditation Liaison Officer, Liz Beaven at 916-961-8272.


    Notice to prospective MA Degree program students

    Rudolf Steiner College is approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to offer degree programs. To continue to offer degree programs, this institution must meet the following requirements:

    • Become institutionally accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, with the scope of the accreditation covering at least one degree program.
    • Achieve accreditation candidacy or pre-accreditation, as defined in regulations, by July 1, 2017, and full accreditation by July 1, 2020.

    If this institution stops pursuing accreditation, it must:

    • Stop all enrollment in its degree programs, and
    • Provide a teach-out to finish the educational program or provide a refund.

    An institution that fails to comply with accreditation requirements by the required dates shall have its approval to offer degree programs automatically suspended.