FAQ: How Do I Choose a Montessori Teacher-Training Program?

If you are thinking about becoming a Montessori teacher, you may be wondering where to start. Truly, the options are500200759 boundless and you probably have many questions. In this post, I have endeavored to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about Montessori teacher- training programs. Let’s start with the basics.

Q. What age groups are taught in Montessori schools?

A. The Early Childhood level, ages 2½-6, is the most popular. Some schools offer an Elementary age level from ages 6-9 and/or 9-12 and/or an Infant-Toddler program (6 weeks-3 years). A few Montessori adolescent programs are also offered.

Q. What is the difference between full certification and associate certification, and do I need to have a certificate to teach?

A. Not all programs offer both options. At Age of Montessori, which offers both levels, full certification requires students to have a bachelor’s degree; associate certification requires students to have a high school diploma. Upon successful completion of their accredited Early Childhood course, full certification students are awarded a certificate that entitles them to teach children from the ages of 2½-6. Associate certification students receive an Associate Certificate, which also may permit them to teach in some Montessori schools.

Q. How do I know if a teacher-training program is accredited?

A. Many programs are accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE); these are listed on their website. MACTE-accredited programs must meet strict requirements. For more information about accreditation, click here.

Q. How much time will it take to get my Montessori teaching certificate?

A. Plan on it taking about 2 years to complete coursework, residential hours, internship, and exams. Of course, this timeframe can be shorter or longer depending on how much time you can commit to your training on a weekly or monthly basis. On average, expect to spend about 15-20 hours per week.

Q. What about location and scheduling? Are there any good distance-learning programs?

A. This is a big issue for many. Not everyone happens to live within driving distance from a quality Montessori teacher training center. Still others have full-time jobs or families as part of the equation. MACTE does accredit some programs with distance-learning components; click here to read more. However, even for distance learning programs, MACTE requires a resident Internship component with a minimum of 400 clock hours with at least 120 hours of student teaching. This is because Montessori is something you learn by doing. If you find a training program that does not include any in-person, hands-on learning, I’d recommend moving on.

Q. Who are the trainers? What are their backgrounds?

A. Look for trainers with experience both as Montessori teachers and as Montessori teacher trainers. Also, check out the training staff’s philosophy. Are they true to Montessori’s original theories and ideas or are they influenced heavily by other educational methods? Read as much as you can about the staff and ask questions. If possible, watch their videos and/or webinars. Get to know them. Remember, these are the people who will be guiding you along a very important journey!

Q. What information will be covered in the program? What is required to get my certificate?

A. This answer will, of course, vary from program to program, but you can roughly expect a minimum of the following:

  • Coursework to learn the basics of the Montessori Method (either in class or online)
  • In-person experience with classroom materials
  • Internship
  • Exams

To learn more, read here.

Q. Do I have to do an internship?

A. Yes. If you find a program that does not require an internship, again, I’d recommend that you move on.

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Above all, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Visit local Montessori schools and speak with administrators. When you find a program you are interested in, call them and introduce yourself. Ask them about their program, background and philosophy. Get a feel for what this program is really like. Are they personable or do they make you feel like a number? Is it difficult to talk to a real person? What kind of support is there, especially for online programs? What do previous students say about the program? How easy or hard is it to find answers to your questions? After all, if it is difficult to navigate the admissions process, what is the actual course going to be like?

I hope I have helped with your initial inquiries. Still have questions? Age of Montessori can help. Contact us at (406) 284-2160 (customer service) or e-mail us here.





32 Responses to FAQ: How Do I Choose a Montessori Teacher-Training Program?

  1. Rita Deeb 2016/09/07 at 5:00 AM #

    Do montessori have any presence in montreal/canada? If yes please provide the address.

  2. Meghna 2018/01/27 at 12:44 PM #

    I am in the US and holding a Diploma in Montessori Teacher Training from an India based Professional Institute.

    I wanted to ask few things:
    1. Is this Diploma good enough for applying for a job in the US Montessori schools?
    2. If not, what additional courses I need to do for applying for a job?



    • Age of Montessori 2018/02/05 at 11:00 AM #

      Hi Meghna,

      Thanks for your work in Montessori. These are good questions and I have forwarded them to our customer service person. You are also welcome to email our office at: [email protected].

      All the best!

  3. Sweta 2018/06/12 at 2:11 PM #

    I wanted to do a online course or a distance learning course in Montessori teacher training.
    Can u please give me some ideas on that
    I live in US NJ

    • Age of Montessori 2018/06/15 at 9:56 AM #

      Hi Sweta,
      Thanks for your interest in our programs. If you want to become a MACTE-certified Montessori Teacher for children in either the Early Childhood Program or the Elementary Program here is a link: http://ageofmontessori.org/training/

      If you are interested in a short informative course, we do offer several options here: http://ageofmontessori.org/training/

      You are welcome to contact us at any time, call Robert at 406-284-2160, and he will be happy to answer any questions and he has a wealth of information.

  4. Richard kyere 2018/08/28 at 5:01 AM #

    Am so much interested in your program but in far away Ghana
    Is there a module to help me effectively enrol in your program

  5. Sea 2018/09/11 at 4:57 AM #

    My friend is working in South African as level 6 Montessori teacher. Eventually, his family plan to come canada for a while so he wants study Montessori for level 7. He needs information of school and tuition and visa issues. He is Korean. Please send information [email protected]. Thank you

  6. Saira 2018/10/21 at 5:49 AM #

    Hi my name is saira and I am from lady Smith. I am interested I studying the montessori course Is there any colleges available near ladysmith

    • Age of Montessori 2018/10/22 at 10:54 AM #

      Hi Saira,

      Thanks, for your interest. Please contact Robert in our office at 406-284-2160 or email: [email protected]. He will be able to talk about certification options.


  7. Wanda Leon 2018/10/21 at 4:35 PM #

    I am a Texas certified EC-6 (Early Childhood-6) and 6-8 grade. What do I need to do to become a certifiedMontessori teacher ages in 0-3 yrs?

    • Age of Montessori 2018/11/05 at 2:22 PM #

      Age of Montessori is working toward offering Infant-Toddler training, so check into our website every now and then! — Mary Ellen Maunz, M.Ed.

  8. Usha kc 2019/02/19 at 8:15 AM #

    Hi I have master degree in education from my home country Nepal and I want Montessori training how can I apply for Montessori training and where can I apply for this i lives in katy Texas .

  9. Bre 2019/03/20 at 6:25 AM #

    Hello I have some questions regarding the early childhood education (2 1/2-6 years).

    1A) I read that the internship is half day. Since I will need to work while obtaining this certification what would be the times I start and end the half day of the internship?

    1B)I saw on the application I could fill out an internship position if I already had one. How could I find an internship or does Montessori provide that for me?

    1C) Also, could I complete the internship while taking this course?

    2) I saw on the application that I need to send in my academic transcripts. I attended county and university would I need to send in both?

    3) For the in person residency portion where would I complete this requirement? Where would I live during this time?

    4A) Is this certification valid in all states? I am not sure if I am moving out of state from my current residence.

    4B) When I apply, lets say half way through I decide to move out my current state. Do I have to change my state residence for anything for this program?

    5) Are the books/materials provided to me included in the tuition or are they outside tuition costs?

    6A) For the final exam, am I provided with materials to study for it?

    6B) How long is the exam? Can I complete it online?

    • Age of Montessori 2019/03/20 at 10:54 AM #

      Hi Bre,

      Thank you for your interest in our MACTE-certified programs. These are very good questions. Here is a link to FAQ on our website where you may find some answers. http://ageofmontessori.org/faqs/

      Can you please contact us at [email protected] or call 406.284-2160?

      We look forward to speaking with you!

  10. Lakshmi 2019/04/02 at 5:58 PM #

    Hi Deborah,

    This is Lakshmi, I am looking for to open a Montessori school in Dallas,TX.
    I don’t have any certifications but have very passionate to open a school.
    Wanted to know how much i need to invest to do?
    Do you give the franchise?

    Thank you,

    • Age of Montessori 2019/04/03 at 10:47 AM #

      Hi Lakshmi,

      Thanks for your question!

      We don’t franchise schools for children or teacher education training at this time.
      We highly recommend that you have certified teachers in place before you open your school.
      I would encourage you to sign up and audit either of our online academic programs:
      * Elementary Teacher Certification — the March 26 online course is a possibility
      * Early Childhood or Elementary Teacher — September 24th http://ageofmontessori.org/training/

      Or another option is to take the Montessori Foundations course which just started http://ageofmontessori.org/montessori-foundations-online/

      It is important to really understand the foundations of Montessori when opening your school to ensure you offer the best possible for your parents and students.

      All the best! Tani Kingston, Executive Director

  11. Michele 2019/04/04 at 8:48 PM #

    If I already hold an Early Childhood (Pre K – 3rd grade) teaching license (in OK), what does Montessori training look like for me??

  12. sarma 2019/05/08 at 9:38 AM #

    Am Sharma. I would like to join in the MACTE-certified Montessori Teacher for children in the Early Childhood Program.
    i live in US New Jersy and am from India. am house wife.
    i would like to start Montessori teacher training program.i don’t know where and how to start.
    It would be really helpful if you guide me on this.
    i prefer class room training if available.

    • Age of Montessori 2019/05/08 at 9:51 AM #

      Hi Sharma,

      Thank you for your interest in becoming a Montessori Early Childhood Teacher. Please call our office at 406-284-2160 and we will be happy to walk you through some options. All the best! Deborah

  13. Jennifer Baker 2019/05/17 at 3:31 PM #

    My name is Jennifer. I would like to join in the MACTE-certified Montessori Teacher for children in the Elementary II Program.
    I am currently in Connecticut and have a CT K-6 Cert. I teach math and science at the 6th grade level. I want to attend and become a Montessori teacher at the elementary II level. Would you please help me find the right placement?
    Thank you

    • Age of Montessori 2019/05/23 at 10:20 AM #

      Hi Jennifer, Thanks for your interest. You are welcome to contact our office at 406-284-2160 and we will be happy to discuss options with you. All the best, Deborah

  14. Shafaq 2019/06/30 at 2:54 PM #

    I need to ask you something related montessori teacher. I am from Pakistan and i am trained directress have done diploma in montessori teachers training can you tell me About montessori teacher training is equivalent to which level of early childhood courses

    • Age of Montessori 2019/07/02 at 10:05 AM #

      Hi Shafaq,

      Age of Montessori is based in the US and is accredited by Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) . We don’t really know what international or Pakistan standards there are.

      Perhaps one of our readers would like to comment on this?

      Good fortune,

  15. Chinenye Jennifer 2019/07/09 at 2:58 AM #

    I’m Jennifer, I teach children age 3 – 5 years and currently undergoing a Post graduate program in education from one of the institution in my country Nigeria, I’m interested in Montessori method of education as I want to be a Montessori trained teacher. Are the programs open to international student and how can I be a part of it.

  16. Laura Kadiqi 2019/08/24 at 4:37 AM #

    My name is Laura and I live in Albania. I have a Bachelor degree in Primary teacher.
    I would like to get a Full certification to become a Montessori teacher but I don’t know where to apply.
    I would really appreciate your help.
    Thank you in advance

    • Age of Montessori 2019/08/26 at 10:47 AM #

      Hi Laura,

      Thanks for sharing your interest in becoming a Montessori teacher.

      Information on an option we offer for international students is available here:

      Our MACTE certified course does require an in-person summer residency program that is held in Bozeman, MT. And typically internships are completed by students at a school in the US, since we must visit our interns in their schools. More information is available here: http://ageofmontessori.org/training/


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