Montessori Elementary Teacher Training & Certification Program (I and I-II)


A Remarkable Opportunity: Become a Certified Montessori Teacher 100% Online!

In the face of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the US Department of Education and our federal accreditor, MACTE, waived the in-person requirement for the 2020 face-to-face hands-on course—called the Residency.

This new rule and our many years of excellence in delivering the highest quality Montessori education online allows us to provide you a live online broadcast of the Residency Course. No travel and lodging expense – learn from home!

Enroll now in your Spring 2020 Certification Course and be eligible to attend the Residency via live online broadcast. Call or email for details to fast track your dream.

Call today: (406) 284-2160

Email us: admissions [at]

Unlock the Full Potential of Every Child!

Get MACTE accredited certification in 14 months or 26 months – authentic Montessori online teacher training. Set your own schedule!

Next Program Starts: March 4, 2020

Registration is open until May 1st

Call 406-284-2160

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Prerequisite for Elementary Certification:

  1. Bachelor’s degree and
  2. MACTE-accredited Early Childhood Certificate, or the Age of Montessori Pre-requisite Course

Three Required Course Components

  • 8 months online study
  • 4 week in-person* summer Residency (Bozeman EL I – June 8 – July 1, 2020 / EL II – July 8 – 28, 2020)
  • 9 months Internship at a Montessori school

Founder and Program Director Overview

Application PDF (click to download):

Elementary I and II Application


Elementary II Upper Elementary Application


Questions? Call for a Personal Consultation

Call Today: 406-284-2160

Montessori elementary teacher training program with Mary Ellen MaunzDr. Montessori believed that every child has a special purpose to fulfill in life. Montessori elementary teacher training gives you the ability to unlock the full potential in every child because it is based on this foundation of understanding.

Get the highest quality Montessori elementary teacher training! Age of Montessori gives you the full depth and breadth of the true legacy of Maria Montessori.

Interested in a high-quality, online Montessori teacher training program with top support? This teacher training program is for you!

What makes Age of Montessori’s Teacher Education program stand apart from so many others?

Nikki Hatcher“From my perspective, it is difficult to describe in just a few words the high level of professionalism, individualized attention, depth of content and study that I received from my courses at Age of Montessori. I have attended graduate school and been involved in many high level training programs over the course of my career as an educator but they simply do not compare to the quality of instruction and guidance I received through Age of Montessori.

“However, the most valuable part of my experience with Age of Montessori goes beyond textbooks and notebooks. It is indirect, similar to what can be called a ‘silent curriculum.’ The examples of Montessori excellence set by the outstanding instructors cannot go unrecognized. I learned as much from observing my instructors as I did from studying content. From learning how to carry myself as a Montessori teacher, to how to be gracious and courteous in all situations, to exuding a love and joy for Montessori that is simply contagious.

“You will receive Montessori Teacher training that is more valuable than every cent spent on your tuition. You will receive a Montessori teacher education that is priceless. This is what sets Age of Montessori apart from the rest.”

With Deepest Respect,
Nikki Hatcher, Head of School, Montessori School of Donaldson

Elementary Teacher Training Course Components:

PART 1 – Montessori Online Distance Learning (8 months)

Your course of study begins with a deep and thorough study of child development, Montessori philosophy and psychology, overview of the elementary curriculum, as well as the spiritual preparation and transformation of the teacher. This rich content is taught through a robust, interactive online environment over a period of eight months. Conveniently work on the elementary teaching course from your home and integrate it into your daily life.Mary Ellen Maunz, Montessori elementary program

This online component includes training videos, online text, hard-copy text assignments, narrated PowerPoint shows, and a series of essays to be uploaded. The online forum for dialogue between students and between students and faculty is one of the most popular benefits of the online training. Plus access to unique training videos with Elisabeth Caspari, student of Maria Montessori.

Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Course Content

Eight months of online study of the philosophy and psychology that is the heart of the Montessori Method. Topics you will study include:

  • Getting to Know Your Prepared Online Environment
  • The Heart of the Elementary Curriculum
  • Preparation of the Montessori Elementary Teacher
  • Human TendenciesMontessori middle school teacher training and the Stages of Development
  • The Imagination and the Growth of Intelligence
  • The Cosmic Plan – Overview
  • The Cosmic Plan – Culture
  • The Prepared Environment
  • Geometry
  • Math
  • The Cosmic Plan – Biology
  • The Cosmic Plan – Geography
  • The Cosmic Plan – History
  • Language
  • Classroom Management and Education for Peace
  • Introduction to Internship

PART 2: In-person Residency

Elementary Montessori Student works

Learn hands-on how to give the Montessori elementary curriculum lessons during your 2020 Summer Residency:

(*Due to Covid 19, the US Dept of Education and MACTE waived the in-person requirement – now online)

Work with master teacher trainers Mary Ellen Maunz, M.Ed. to get your high quality hands-on training.

“I enjoyed having so many hours of hands on practice with the materials. It was also extremely helpful to have manuals describing all the materials and how to present them. I used the manual extensively throughout the residency while practicing. Being able to see the lessons presented to us also greatly expanded my learning.” – 2017 student“Having the library online with videos of the lesson presentations is very helpful, because I can see the way the lesson is presented. I am a visual/kinesthetic learner, so actually being able to see the lessons before working with the materials is very helpful for me.” – 2017 student

PART 3 – Student Teaching

9-month student teaching 5 days a week for a half-day in a Montessori elementary classroom in your local area.

Final practical exams are held via ZOOM from each student’s internship classroom. Once you pass the practical exam, you are eligible for your MACTE-accredited Montessori Elementary Certification.

Elementary Montessori teacher training students share…

Co-Developers of the Elementary Program:

Mary Ellen Maunz & Irma Rodriguez, co-developers of Age of Montessori's Elementary Teacher Training ProgramAge of Montessori was founded by Mary Ellen Maunz in 2011, after decades of Montessori classroom teaching, training teachers, and administering a large school. Certified in Early Childhood and Elementary I and II, Mary Ellen was mentored for more than 20 years by Dr. Elisabeth Caspari, personal friend and student of Maria Montessori, as a trainer of teachers. The legacy lives on!

Elementary co-developer Irma Rodriguez, lives and works in Irma Rodriquez in Elementary Montessori ClassroomVictoria, British Columbia. She and Mary Ellen were trained at the International Center for Montessori Studies in Bergamo, Italy in 1974-1975. As lifelong Montessorians who are passionate about Montessori’s Cosmic Plan curriculum, they collaborated to make the highest quality Montessori elementary training available in a powerful, blended course to students throughout the world.

Age of Montessori holds accredited status for its Elementary I-II teacher education certification course level from the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) through the year 2023.

Age of Montessori’s Elementary I and II Program includes Online Interactive Theory & Hands-On Practice. And we welcome students who seek the entire Elementary I & II credential.

Register Now! We offer interest-free monthly payments

Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Enrollment Dates

March 4 and Sept 16, 2020

  –  Registration is open until May 1st

Application PDF (click to download):

Elementary I and II Application


Elementary II Upper Elementary Application


Questions? Call for a Personal Consultation

Call Today: 406-284-2160


*Yes, payment plans are available!


Why Age of Montessori?


Student Testimonials


Age of Montessori is MACTE accredited for its Elementary I-II program

Age of Montessori holds accredited status for its Elementary I-II teacher education certification course level from the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) through the year 2023.


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