(All components are required for MACTE teacher certification)

Part 1.  Online Study – 8 months

Course Content

We give you the time you need to assimilate the complete message of Maria Montessori. Over eight months of online study you will delve deeply into the philosophy and psychology that is the heart of the Montessori Method.  Topics you will study include:

  • Getting to Know Your Prepared Online EnvironmentMontessori Children hard at work
  • Introduction to Montessori Early Childhood Teacher Education
  • Preparation of the Teacher, Part 1: Personal Reflection
  • Maria Montessori – a Short Biography
  • Human Tendencies, Sensitive Periods and the Brain
  • History of Methods – Montessori and Major Early Childhood Theorists
  • Stages of Development
  • Prepared Environment
  • Liberty and Discipline
  • Movement, Mental Assimilation and the Work of the Child
  • Normalization through Work
  • Preparation of the Montessori Director/Directress, Part 2: Spiritual Preparation
  • Peace Education

During this step you will also learn about the four great avenues of learning for the early childhood years (2 1/2 -6) and the beautiful learning materials Maria Montessori designed for the children’s use.  The four great avenues of learning are: Practical Life, Sensorial Development, Development of Language and Early Preparation of the Mathematical Mind. 

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Summer residency for Age of Montessori

Part 2. In-person Residency – 15 days

Demonstration and practice with materials

See the presentations in the four major avenues and have time for hands-on practice with all the materials. Learn how to present the Montessori lessons in the 2½ – 6 program and gain greater proficiency through hours of hands-on supervised practice with our faculty. Age of Montessori holds its annual intensive training at several beautiful locations.

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montessori teacher internshipPart 3. Internship – 9 months

Spend a full school year as an intern assisting a certified teacher in a fully-equipped, approved Montessori classroom in your local area.

Your internship is composed of nine months of on-the-job training as an assistant in a fully-equipped Montessori school, under the direction of an Age of Montessori field representative. You will have the opportunity to spend a full school year observing and learning how to conduct a class, give the lessons and interact effectively with young children. During this year you will also make materials, give small group lessons and assist the teacher as needed in all aspects of daily classroom life.

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Part 4. Final Practical Exam and Certification

After you successfully complete these three Montessori Teacher Training steps, you take your practical exam.

Your final practical exam tests your thorough knowledge and use of the materials. Depending on student location, this exam may be held via Skype in your local area, or in-person at a residency campus in Montana.

Once you pass the practical exam, you are eligible for your MACTE accredited Montessori teacher certificate from Age of Montessori.


Enrollment Dates

Sept. 8 and Sept 22, 2020


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Age of Montessori admits students, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students of any race, color, sex, age, non-disqualifying disability, religion or creed, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.