Montessori Teacher Training
Montessori teacher education, often called “training”, is different from conventional teacher education.
Montessori is a complete system and model of education from birth to adulthood based on human development. Training immerses students in the model and trains them intensely in the specialized materials and lessons that make up Montessori practice.
Training programs include:
- Comprehensive study of Montessori’s model of human development
- Grounding in Montessori principles such as observation, freedom and responsibility, and the prepared environment
- Specific training in the complete set of Montessori materials and lessons for the age group being studied
- Observation and student teaching in Montessori classrooms
COURSE LEVELS AND FORMATS
Montessori teacher training is offered as separate course for each age grouping. Training programs use several different names for the groupings, but the Montessori age ranges are consistent across programs.
(often split into 6-9 and 9-12)
(often split into 12-15 and 15-18)
Training Center Accreditation
Montessori teacher education programs are accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE), which is recognized by the US Department of Education.
MACTE accreditation is typically required for credit towards state teacher certification. Accredited programs must meet or exceed minimum hours for academic and practicum portions of the course and demonstrate evidence of candidate learning, faculty learning and inquiry, and program capacity and sustainability.
To learn more about MACTE and accreditation, visit MACTE.org
Several Montessori organizations train teachers,
and may offer membership, accreditation, or recognition for schools.
MACTE-affiliated Montessori organizations are listed below:
AMI-USA is the U.S. affiliate of AMI, with 11 training centers in the U.S. Learn more about U.S. training centers here.
The International Montessori Council (IMC), founded in 1998 by the Montessori Foundation as a membership organization for Montessori educators and schools around the world, operates the Center for Guided Montessori Studies (CGMS) to offer blended residential and distance learning training. Learn more about CGMS teacher training.
Montessori Educational Programs International (MEPI), founded in 1995, offers teacher preparation courses at numerous locations in the United States and abroad. Learn more about MEPI teacher preparation.