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Teacher Education Programs are organization members in Montessori Institute of America and pay annual membership dues. In Accordance with MIA Bylaws, organization members have the right to vote in the election of Trustees and on other matters at MIA Membership Meetings. MIA has Teacher Education Programs in several countries.

MIA encourages all Teacher Education Programs to be MACTE accredited or to be in the process of acquiring accreditation. MIA is a proud affiliate of MACTE and the process for certification by MIA follows MACTE guidelines.

How do I start a Teacher Education Program (TEP)?

  1. Establish a business that will include a teacher education program. Arrange for a business owner, name of business and obtain the necessary business license(s) according to your local and regional requirements.
  2. Arrange a site for on-site instruction for scheduled use during course trainings and practice time, seminars, and workshops, etc. including:
  • A teaching site having one or more rooms large enough to accommodate shelving of the complete inventory of materials required for each course level of instruction, tables & chairs for adult learners. Site should have adequate lighting, ventilation, power & water supplies, waste disposal, etc.
  • An office space large enough to enable staff members to function effectively, enable storage of records and material, and enable consultations with adult learns.
  1. If your business is going to have a logo, it must be significantly dissimilar from the MIA logo so as to appear different to the eye.

Process for developing a TEP, as well as the qualifications required of all faculty, is well documented in the latest version of MIA Certification Standards & Procedures. (available in DOCUMENT LIBRARY)

When will MIA certify my TEP?

You may contact the MIA Certification Review Committee at any point in the process of establishing your Teacher Education Program. The Committee will maintain contact with you, notify you of the next necessary steps in the process, and be available to answer your questions.

Process for developing a TEP, as well as the MIA certification process, is well documented in the latest version of MIA Certification Standards & Procedures. (available in DOCUMENT LIBRARY)

What is MACTE?

MACTE (Montessori Accreditation Council of Teacher Education) is a non-profit organization which is dedicated to setting and maintaining standards for academic degree and certificate programs for Montessori professional educators to assure the public of their quality. Find out more about MACTE by visiting the MACTE website.

MIA is a proud affiliate of MACTE and the process for certification by MIA (TEP, teachers, and practicum sites) follows MACTE guidelines.

Course Instructors (Trainers) and Field Supervisors perform a key role in the training and mentoring of the adult learner who is working to complete a Course Level training program.

How is a Field Supervisor different from a Course Instructor (Trainer)?

Field Supervisor and Course Instructor positions require very similar qualifications and hold similar responsibilities. The two positions may be held by the same person.

Both positions provide course instruction to the adult learner, support the adult learner with their endeavors, and work with the Program Director. The position of Field Supervisor includes the responsibility of visiting the adult learner at their practicum site and of coordinating with the Program Director regarding practicum sites and adult learners.

More specific details regarding qualifications may be found in the MIA Certification Standards & Procedures.

How is a Course Instructor different from a Guest Lecturer?

A Course Instructor must have a Montessori credential for the Course Level at which the instructor is teaching, if teaching MIA Montessori core curriculum (as described in MIA Certification Standards & Procedures). If teaching only Montessori Philosophy, the Montessori credential may be for any Course Level. Also, the Course Instructor must have at least three (3) years of Montessori teaching experience in a classroom with children at the level of the credential.

A Guest Lecturer is an expert who is invited by the Program Director to present their specialized knowledge, training, and experience (such as Music, Art, etc.) as enrichment to course training, not to exceed 50% of any course component. A Guest Lecturer is not required to have a Montessori credential, but is expected to have a good sense of how their specialized subject would fit within a Montessori classroom.

More specific details regarding qualifications may be found in the MIA Certification Standards & Procedures.

How do I become an MIA approved Course Instructor or Field Supervisor?

  1. Read the MIA Certification Standards & Procedures  to ensure that you meet the qualifications for Course Instructor and/or Field Supervisor..
  2. Visit MIA Event Calendar for the schedule of upcoming Training of Trainers Seminars and register for the your appropriate Course Level.
  3. Attend the Training of Trainers Seminar to become an MIA approved trainer.

The Helen K. Billings Scholarship Fund was founded, in the early days of MIA, through a desire of Dr. Billings.

  • The purpose of the HKB Scholarship Fund is to offer financial assistance in the achievement of MIA’s purpose as stated in the MIA Bylaws:  “…to foster and encourage the Montessori Method of Teaching throughout the world with particular emphasis on the training and certifying of Montessori teachers…”
  • MIA membership dues and donations support the Scholarship Fund.
  • Financial assistance is limited to MIA members: Teacher Education Programs (TEP), Membership Schools, and Individual Members.
  • Scholarship Selection Process is conducted semi-annually by the MIA Scholarship Committee in cooperation with the MIA Executive Committee. Inclusion of both international and domestic recipients is an important part of the Scholarship Fund. Scholarship Fund will accept applications from any MIA Member regardless of race, religion, or location.
  • Confidentiality is an important part of the Scholarship Selection Process and applies to all information gathered in the application process including: information on the application, documentation requested and received, and any and all additional information received relating to the applicant during the process of applicant evaluation.

Additional clarification and detail may be found in the Helen K. Billings Scholarship Fund Guidelines.

Who is eligible for a scholarship?

Scholarship recipients are limited to MIA members.

  1. A Teacher Education Program (TEP) seeking financial assistance to establish a training program as MACTE accredited, or establish an addition training level, or establish an additional training site location.
  2. A Member School seeking to establish a classroom as a Practicum Site or establish an additional classroom as a Practicum Site.
  3. An Individual member seeking financial assistance to begin or complete necessary training and practicum process to become an MIA certified Teacher or an approved Course Instructor/Field Supervisor, or to continue their education to maintain proficiency as a Teacher, Course Instructor, or Montessori Classroom Assistant, or to further their understanding of an aspect of Montessori Philosophy through in-depth research.

Additional clarification and detail may be found in the Helen K. Billings Scholarship Fund Guidelines.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Scholarship Open Periods occur twice each year:

  • January 1 – March 15 application submission period; scholarships awarded by March 31
  • August 1 – October 15 application submission period; scholarships awarded by October 31
  1. Read the Helen K. Billings Scholarship Fund Guidelines to ensure that your purpose for a scholarship falls within the scholarship guidelines.
  2. Complete a Scholarship Application form giving a clear idea of your objectives and financial need.
  3. Submit the application to the MIA Scholarship Committee for review.

When will I receive a decision on my scholarship application?

Scholarships are considered on a first come, first served basis as received during the Scholarship Open Period.

Several things may delay the application review process:

  • Incomplete information
  • Incomplete documentation
  • Information or documentation which cannot be validated in the time frame of the Scholarship Open Period

When you submit a scholarship application form, MIA Scholarship Committee will respond to you:

  • Within the Scholarship Open Period, MIA Scholarship Committee will notify you of their receipt of your application and may request additional and/or clarification of the information and documentation you submitted.
  • At the end of the Scholarship Open Period, MIA Scholarship Committee will respond to each scholarship application whether confirmed or denied.

Disbursal of scholarship funds awarded will occur within 30 days of the sending of the scholarship confirmation letter.

Additional clarification and detail may be found in the Helen K. Billings Scholarship Fund Guidelines.