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What does it mean when a Montessori teacher-training program says it is accredited by MACTE?

So, you’re doing your due diligence and looking into your options for Montessori teacher- training programs. The possibilities are numerous, but then again so are your requirements. You want a quality education, an authentic Montessori philosophy, and highly qualified instructors. You also have scheduling and budget considerations,500200759 among others. Then there is the question of credibility. Which programs are accredited, and by which organizations? When it comes to Montessori teacher-training courses, information regarding certification, accreditation, and affiliation can be confusing.

Some of the misunderstanding stems from the very word “Montessori.” There is no trademark on the name, therefore just about anyone can claim to have a Montessori school or offer a Montessori teacher-training program. Searching the web for answers can be equally confounding. Search results often yield an alphabet soup of acronyms: AMS, AMI, MACTE, NCATE, and TEAC to name a few. So how do you know which of these organizations are legit?

Accreditation and Affiliation

MACTE is accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.

Fortunately, there are credible agencies to help make sense of misleading information. The U.S. Department of Education recognizes the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education or MACTE as the specialized accrediting agency for “Montessori teacher education institutions and programs throughout the United States, including those offered via distance education.” MACTE also accredits many international programs.

The American Montessori Society (AMS) requires all affiliated teacher education programs to be accredited by MACTE. According to AMS, “Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education [is] the premier, international standard-setting and accrediting organization for Montessori teacher education.”

The Association of Montessori International (AMI) does not yet require any specific accreditation, however, AMI–USA encourages their affiliates to apply for MACTE accreditation. “Ideally all AMI centers in the U.S. would be accredited by MACTE” stated AMI-USA in this 2014 article.

Exactly what does this mean to you?  In short, it means that if your chosen teacher-training program is accredited by MACTE, you can rest assured that your credentials will be recognized and accepted by highly selective Montessori schools in the U.S. and internationally.

Do I need a teaching certificate?

It is also important to understand the difference between Montessori training and certification. If you want to Slide33become a Montessori teacher, certification by an accredited teacher education program is an essential prerequisite. Certification requires the successful completion of an accredited training course and passing a final practical exam.

You can find a complete list of all MACTE accredited programs by checking the “Accredited Programs” page on their website. This list changes occasionally so it is important to check often for current listings. U.S. programs are listed by state and in alphabetical order. MACTE also lists sixteen International programs.


MACTE also recognizes several distance-learning programs. Distance-learning courses and on-site courses are held to the same high standards and competencies. All MACTE-accredited distance-learning programs require a minimum of 120 academic clock hours of instruction during an on-site, residential phase of the certification course. If you are looking at a course that does not include any on-site learning, move on, this is not likely a viable option.Slide35

A little more about MACTE

MACTE is recognized by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

MACTE Affiliate Organizations include:

American Montessori Society (AMS)

Association Montessori International (AMI)

Association Montessori International – USA (AMI-USA)

Independents not in a Consortium (IND)

International Association for Progressive Montessori (IAPM)

International Montessori Council (IMC)

Montessori Educational Programs International (MEPI)

Pan American Montessori Society (PAMS)


If you are seeking more information regarding accredited Montessori teacher training programs, please visit the MACTE website at www.macte.org.








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  1. Good morning,
    Thank you for the information but could you please tell me that it means any of the previous programs let me work at any montessori school in the USA?
    Thank you for your time.

    1. Dear Aayah,

      Please call our registrar, Robert to discuss our MACTE-Accredited Montessori Teacher Certification programs and your personal circumstance. You can reach him at 406-284-2160.

      As stated in the article: … “if your chosen teacher-training program is accredited by MACTE, you can rest assured that your credentials will be recognized and accepted by highly selective Montessori schools in the U.S. and internationally.”

      Thank you,
      Deborah, Age of Montessori Staff

  2. How can I find reputable courses in India??
    Please advise because there are too many fake training programs.

  3. So are the courses offered NAMC (North American Montessori centre) not accredited by MACTE and thus the credibility of the certificate at stake?

    1. Hi Subhram,

      Age of Montessori’s Early Childhood and Elementary I – II are both certified by MACTE.

      Note that We are NOT affiliated with NAMC.

      Please call our office to discuss our MACTE-Accredited Montessori Teacher Certification programs and your personal circumstance. You can reach us at 406-284-2160.

      All the best!

  4. Hello,

    I want to start a montessori teacher training center in my community. What are the requirements needed.

    Kind regards

  5. Hi, My school wanted me to study Montessori and was forwarded to the Indian Montessori Center, upon research, Indian Montessori Center is not affiliated with any Montessori organization, however, the center boasted that It was Maria Montessori who founded the Center way back when she was in India. Is the training the same with the International Montessori?

  6. Thank you so much for the response. I found an accredited AMI center in my country although they don’t have a new program for the new enrollee, so I have to wait until they open another course for next year.

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