Montessori Teachers have chosen a truly rewarding and fulfilling career. The child is free to explore subjects in more depth and proceed at his or her own pace. The Montessori teacher is the child’s guide and support as they explore, learn, and develop their inner potential. A Montessori teacher is a generalist, comfortable with knowledge in all subjects, and is ready to serve the child in their development.

Becoming a Montessori teacher offers the opportunity to join a spirited community of educators who truly love what they do. There is a growing demand for Montessori Teachers around the world. More and more people are discovering the value of Montessori education and they desire their children to attend Montessori schools.

The process of becoming a Montessori Teacher includes academic training, hands-on learning of the Montessori materials, and a period of practicum (internship).

How do I become a Montessori Teacher?

The training to become an MIA certified Teacher is accomplished through an MIA certified or a MACTE accredited Teacher Education Program. A Practicum is accomplished through an MIA approved Practicum Site.

  1. Apply to a Teacher Education Program (TEP) certified by MIA for the Course Level (Infant-Toddler, Early Childhood, Elementary) you desire.
  2. Complete the training in all aspects:
  • Academic Phase: all assignments and albums
  • Practicum Phase at an MIA approved Practicum site: all student teaching hours, all assignments
  1. Submit your MIA Teacher Certification Application form along with MIA Graduation Fee. Many Training Programs submit teacher applications and graduation fees in groups to MIA.
  2. Upon approval of your Teacher Certification Application by the Certification Review Committee, MIA will send you an announcement of certification and a physical Certificate.

Additional information on Teacher training, minimum entry requirements, and registration information, can be obtained through an MIA Teacher Education Program.

Ready to start the process to becoming a Montessori Teacher? Contact a Teacher Education Program for information on training schedules, entry requirements, and registration information. Click here for contact information.

How long does it take to become a Montessori Teacher?

Most Adult Learners complete their requirements for academic phase, practicum phase, and necessary assignments (including albums) within 18 – 24 months.

What to consider in choosing a Training Program

  1. Tuition cost is frequently a consideration for Adult Learners. Be sure to investigate all the costs (tuition, registration fees, material fees, graduation fees, etc.) associated with the Training Program that you are considering.
  2. You will also want to investigate the reputation of the Training Program. There are several things to consider:
  • Discover what Montessori organization certifies/accredits the TEP.
  • You may be interested in training programs with a MACTE (Montessori Accreditation Council of Teacher Education) affiliation. MACTE 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.
  • Ask the Director of the TEP for contact information for a few recent graduates. Contact them and ask them how they felt about the training program.
  1. Travel is another consideration. Unlike community colleges, Montessori Teacher Education Programs may not be in your local area. Also consider room and board in your calculations. While taking the Montessori training to become a Montessori teacher may be adventure enough for you, many Adult Learners are thrilled to travel far afield and also experience a new culture and language.
  2. Language, both native and foreign, is a critical part of any Montessori classroom. While most training is done in English, you could have a wonderful opportunity for language immersion in a new country. Children are always excited to share – and take in – the cultural experience.

How do I find a Training Program?

MIA has training centers in the U.S.A. (Spokane WA, New York NY), in China (Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai), in Vietnam (Hanoi), and in the Philippines (Manila). Click here for contact information.

How do I find a Practicum Site?

A Practicum (internship) is usually undertaken after completion of academic study through a Teacher Education Program (TEP). Contact the Director of your Teacher Education Program for information on approved Practicum Sites.

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)

Will I need faculty and staff?

Yes.

  • You will need a TEP Director as well as a Program Director. In many cases, these two positions can be held by the same person.
  • You will need faculty including Course Level Trainers/Instructors for the training level you have chosen to supply (Infant-Toddler, Early Childhood, Elementary), Course Level Coordinators, Practicum Site Coordinators, etc. In many cases, one person may hold more than one position.
  • You will need staff to take care of paperwork (correspondence, adult learner registrations, etc.) and to maintain your site (sanitation, maintenance, answering phones, etc.).

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?

Teacher Education Programs (TEPs) application forms are reviewed on a quarterly basis. TEPs may submit these documents and payment by August 1,
November 1, February 1, or May 1. The quarterly process is well documented  in Application-Processing-Cycle. (available in DOCUMENT LIBRARY)

You may contact the MIA Certification Review Committee at any point in the process of establishing your TEP. 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 Course Instructor (Trainer) different from a Field Supervisor?

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. (available in DOCUMENT LIBRARY)

How is a Course Instructor different from a Guest Lecturer?

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.

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. 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. (available in DOCUMENT LIBRARY)

What qualifications do I need to be a Course Instructor or Field Supervisor?

MIA requires that all Course Instructors have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (lacking a degree or equivalent, a professional portfolio may be submitted)
  • A recognized Montessori teaching credential for the Course Level being taught
  • Three (3) years of teaching experience in a Montessori classroom with children at the level of the credential
  • Experience teaching adults (including presentations at conferences, workshops, parent education, etc.)
  • Evidence of continuing professional growth within last three years

with the following exceptions:

  • Elementary Course Level Instructor must have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (professional portfolio will not be accepted) and both the Elementary and Early Childhood Montessori Credential.

MIA requires the same qualifications for Field Supervisor with the following exception:

  • A Field Supervisor must have a recognized Montessori teaching credential for the age level being supervised.

More specific details regarding qualifications may be found in the MIA Certification Standards & Procedures. (available in DOCUMENT LIBRARY)

How do I become an MIA approved Course Instructor/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.

Specific details regarding qualifications may be found in the MIA Certification Standards & Procedures. (available in DOCUMENT LIBRARY)

Our training programs work with highly qualified schools to provide hands-on learning and qualified supervision for their teachers-in-training (Adult Learners). Each classroom is evaluated for excellence of materials, student-teacher ratios, and supervising teachers to support an Adult Learner’s Practicum experience.  The following schools are current hosts of one or more Practicum Site classrooms.


In China:

Evergreen Montessori Kindergarten of Zhengzhou
Beijing Dark Blue Bilingual Kindergarten
Supreme Kindergarten of Eastern Garden
Great Light Montessori
Grapevine Childern’s Home
Sunny Baby Montessori Kindergarten
Praise Children’s House
Mengya Montessori School
Angel Joy Academy
Baby Tree Kindergarten of Shanghai
Second Experiamental Kindergarten of Luo Yang
Wisdom Kinderarten of Jintong Meiyuan
Evergreen Kindergarten of Changsha
Kun Lun Hua Fu Kindergarten
Tinybaby Montessori Children’s Center
Tinybaby Montessori Children’s Center


In the Philippines:

Kings’ Montessori School
Joyful Scholars Montessori
Abada College
Beginners Mind Montessori House
Discovery House Montessori Fairview, Inc.
Menti Assorbenti Montessori Development Center
Rosemont Hills Montessori College
St. Anthony Montessori School of Makati
Maria Montessori School of Mount Carmel
Montessori Cradle of Learning Child Development Center


In Taiwan:

Mozart Montessori Preschool
Formosa Montessori Infant & Toddler Center
Castle of Knowledge Preschool


In the USA:

Spokane Valley Montessori School
Montessori School of Pullman
Spokane Montessori School


In VietNam:

Casa Dei Piccioni- Giang Vo
Baby Fish Montessori (Director Nguyen Thi Phuong Dung) (Long Bien)
Flying Fingers School (Director Blui Thi Nhi – Nguyen Thi Ha Phong)
Casa Dei Piccioni- NNKT
Sakura Montessori International School – Ha Noi
Casa Da Nang
Flykids
Sakura Montessori International School – Hai Phong
Flying Kites Preschool
Colourful House Montessori Preschool
The Tue Duc (Pathway) Kindergarten and Primary School
Sakura Montessori International School – HCM
Joyful Baby Montessori
Ngoi Nha Cua Tre
Surya House
Mam No Cau Vong Nho (Rainbow Montessori Preschool)
Kitty Montessori
Baby Fish Montessori Kindergarten (Ha Noi)
Bambini Montessori School
IQ Montessori School of Gamuda City
Kinder Paradise School
FTF International Kindergarten
Baby Fish Kindergarten
Mam no Cau Vong Nho (Rainbow Montessori Preschool)
IQ Montessori School of Gamuda Gardens
Happy Smile School
Homie School
Flying Fingers School
FTF International Kindergarten
FTF International Kindergarten
Flying Fingers School
IQ Montessori School (Gamuda City)
Truong Mam non Thien duong Tre thoi (Kinder Paradise School)
Hoa Tuoi Tho Montessori Pre-School
Casa Dei Piccioni Nguy Nhu Kon Tum
Casa Dei Piccioni Giang Vo
Happy Hands Preschool
Bambini Montessori School
Bambini Montessori School
Viet Nhat Kindergarten
Colourful House Montessori Preschool
New Horizons Montessori School
New Horizons Montessori School

Early Childhood Training Program - Vietnam