Becoming a Montessori Teacher
At our College of Modern Montessori, we provide internationally accredited training courses for those who want to become qualified Montessori teachers. Once candidates have obtained their diplomas they are able to teach at Montessori schools, use the unique and proven methodology in their own homes, and even open their own Montessori schools.
A Montessori teacher is known as a Directress, which is representative of the role she plays in guiding motivated exploration and discovery.
College of Modern Montessori Accreditation
Our full time and part time training courses are accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE), which is internationally recognised.
What You'll Learn
As the Montessori teaching method is based on the natural stages of childhood development, the training course will help you understand children's emotional, mental, psychological and physical development across several age groups. Your understanding of these stages will help you identify cases where intervention may be necessary and to plan and implement appropriate intervention strategies.
You'll learn how to prepare age-appropriate environments that are conducive to self-development for classes in which ages vary by three years (infants to three years old; three to six years old; and six to twelve years old). You'll learn how to assess children on an individual level and how to guide their progress.
The Montessori Method uses specially designed materials to facilitate optimal development; you'll learn how to best incorporate these and other didactic materials in the curriculum.
You'll also need to be proficient in the subjects taught at Montessori schools, including practical life, language, maths, art, music, religion, history, science, geography, botany and zoology.
The Montessori Method works best when the principles are applied in the home, as well as the school context. The training course shows teachers how to work with families so that they can use Montessori education strategies in their daily lives and ensure that their children's learning and development continues at home.
Teacher Training Course Structure
Teacher training courses are available on a full-time, part-time and distance learning basis. Full-time and part-time students are required to attend an orientation session and lectures (three times per week for full-time students and once per week for part-time students). The course contains theory and practical components.
In order to pass you'll have to complete essays, tests, research projects, material design projects, mock practical exams, a mini-thesis, book summaries, and teaching manuals. You will need an average of 60% to qualify for the final theory and practical exams.
The distance course consists of eight workbooks and eight assignments. There are eleven practical workshops but they aren't compulsory. There is no final exam.
Once you've completed either the full-time, part-time or distance teaching course, you qualify as a Montessori early childhood teacher.
The Final Step
Being a Montessori teacher is one of the most rewarding careers in education, as you enable children to reach their full potential without undue interference. The free, unrestricted Montessori environment allows children to experience the world on their own terms, while still teaching them all the essential skills that will make them well-adjusted adults.
Don't hesitate to contact us if you want to find out more about Montessori teaching methods and our teacher training courses.