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.

Building Your Classroom Team

Ask, ask, ask!


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.





14 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.

Leave a Reply