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
3. 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.
4. Upon approval of your Teacher Certification Application by the Certification Review Committee, MIA will send you an announcement of certification and 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.
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How long does it take to be 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.
3. 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.
4. 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, Shanghai), in Taiwan (Tainan), in Vietnam (Hanoi), and in Philippines (Quezon City). 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.