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Children's House Montessori Teacher Diploma (3-6 Years Old)

Specializing in educating children ages 3 to 6, this certification training offers a unique and comprehensive approach to learning about how the Montessori method came to be, how to practice it, and the science that informs the way it functions in real-life classrooms today. Designed for experienced educators looking to earn a Montessori Teacher Diploma from a MACTE-accredited institution and for those beginning their careers in Montessori education.
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Children's House Montessori Teacher Diploma (3-6 Years Old)

Certification Training Overview

The path to certification is organized into three phases (Foundational Studies, Continuing Studies & Capstone), covering a broad range of topics including teaching methodology, childhood development, Montessori Theory, Montessori curriculum and more. It is delivered in a variety of ways to support multifaceted learning and provide both structure and flexibility to your circumstances.

Certification Training Overview

Certification Training Overview

Watch this short video to connect the training details together and understand the learner journey.
January 2023 Cohort

January 2023 Cohort

Wednesday Community Workshops + Intensive Daytime Seminars

Our cohort starting January 20, 2023, will be begin with an orientation session (3:30-5 pm ET), followed by 10 weekly community workshops on Wednesdays (3:30-5 pm ET), before live online seminars (Monday-Friday, 2-3:30 pm ET) and community workshops occur together during each of the scheduled weeks (April 5-May 5). The seminar schedule is an intensive weekday day schedule. Learners will have two additional community workshops before the deadline to complete Foundational Studies is May 26.

February 2023 Cohort

February 2023 Cohort

Monday Community Workshops + Paced Out Evening Seminars

Our cohort starting February 10, 2023 will be begin with an orientation session (3:30-5 pm ET), followed by 10 weekly community workshops (Mondays 3:30-5 pm ET) before live online seminars (Tuesdays & Thursdays 7-10:30 pm ET) and community workshops occur together during each of the scheduled weeks. The seminar schedule is an intensive weekday day schedule. Learners will have two additional community workshops before the deadline to complete Foundational Studies is July 21.

2023 Academic Catalog & Calendar

2023 Academic Catalog & Calendar

Want to look ahead at future cohorts? Would you like to see the schedule for the Continuing Studies Seminars and get an idea of how long the training could take you? View Foundational Studies and Continuing Studies Seminar schedule in our catalog. Remember, you can always book a call with our admissions team and discuss potential path and timeline.

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The online classes are fantastic—packed full of fresh insights into Montessori education—and facilitated by trainers who clearly want all of their students to succeed.
Melissa McElhill
Melissa McElhill
Children's House Diploma Student

Training delivery and assessment

Our delivery of the training involves online seminars and discussions, in-person immersive learning experiences, individual study, and in-school teaching practice.

Our online classes are offered at different times of the day in order to make it possible to attend classes wherever you are in the world, and our live offerings can be completed in one of several locations we bring our coursework to.

True to Montessori philosophy, we assess learning and performance in a way that encourages student-driven goal setting. This means that students can submit each assessment when they feel they have mastered the subject at hand. We review assessment material and collaborate with students so that they can make improvements where necessary.

When you complete all training components, you will obtain a fully certified diploma from Prepared Montessorian Institute, which is accredited by MACTE.

Duration

The diploma program requires a time commitment of approximately 800 hours. It typically takes between one to two years to complete these certification requirements, depending on your personal circumstances and how rapidly you are able to complete the degree program requirements. We begin a new cohort almost monthly.

Accreditation

Prepared Montessorian Institute is accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council of Teacher Education (MACTE). Known and respected across the world, it is the only accrediting body for Montessori teacher education programs recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

TUITION & FINANCIAL AID

$5000 for the entire certification training (minus travel and technology costs). If you need to travel to your practicum site or in-residency, the costs are your responsibility. Any supplies and technology need to access the training (i.e., laptop, internet, webcam) are also your responsibility.

When you apply, you’ll describe your financial needs. If you are accepted into the program, we will evaluate yo.ur needs and determine your eligibility for a scholarship and/or payment plan. The payment plan is typically in 3-5 installments with the first installment due before the training starts and the subsequent 2-4 payments due the consecutive months following the start of the training.

Once in-person student teaching resumes, adult learners are required to have at least one field visit by a Prepared Montessorian consultant. Adult learners will be responsible for the expenses for this field visit (travel, accommodations, meals, etc).

Training Delivery

Language

This training is academically rigorous and requires a mastery of listening, speaking, reading, and writing at a high level in English.

All of our seminars and discussions are in English, but we do have supplemental support for Spanish-speakers who can keep up in English but express themselves in Spanish writing with more fluency. If you have questions regarding the level of English comprehension needed, please book a call with us: https://calendly.com/d/xms6-fcns/diploma-course-q-a

Formats

You will have training components in all these formats:

  • Live
  • Online
  • In-Person
  • Self-Paced

Since we largely based online, access to reliable high-speed internet and video/webcam to be on-camera in class is needed. Furthermore, the in-person components requires you to have access to a Montessori Nido Toddler classroom for materials practice, observations, and practice teaching. In general, you will need to the technological know-how of how to learn and operate the following types of software:

  • Web browser navigation (i.e., Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge)
  • video call (i.e., Zoom, Microsoft Teams, webcam)
  • word processing and reading software (i.e., Google Docs, Microsoft word)
  • media software (i.e., taking photos and videos, webcam, playing videos)

We will onboard you to our learning management system which houses all your resources and assignments. We will provide instructions and support yet you will need to learn how to proficiently navigate the system in order to complete your training.

Schedule

* You could use this Time Zone Converter if you need to convert the schedule.

Please be sure to review your cohort's Foundational Studies schedule prior to applying to ensure that it fits your time. See certification components and structure below for further details.

Certification Components

Materials and Lesson Practice

For access to materials, you will need to coordinate with a local Montessori school to practice with their materials when students are not present (i.e., weekends).

If you do not have a school confirmed during Foundational Studies, you work with our training team to recreate the materials with items that can be likely be commonly found on your own.

You can also purchase a set of materials from our partner, Guidepost Montessori. Check them out here. Please note this only satisfies the first 20 hours of materials practice.

Practicum (Classroom Observations & Practice Teaching)

You will need to coordinate independently with a local Montessori school to be a practicum site to plan out your classroom observations, materials and lessons practice, and practice teaching hours. You will need 50 hours of observation and 320 hours of practice teaching hours. We can assist with connecting you with our partner network of schools. You can book a 15-minute call with us via this link to discuss the certification training and possible practicum sites.

A qualified practicum site should meet the following criteria:

  • is fully equipped with Montessori and other appopriate material for the age range in which you are studying
  • runs an authentic Montessori curriculum (i.e., not Montessori-inspired)
  • contains a group of 6 or more mix-aged children in the program associated with the age range you are studying

Furthermore, for the practicum portions of your studies, it is highly recommended that you have access to a classroom led by a qualified lead guide. You will first observe the qualified lead guide and then be supervised by the qualified lead guide for your practice teaching. A qualified guide is a guide:

  • with a Montessori teacher diploma from a MACTE-accredited institution
  • and at least one year of post-certification Lead Guide experience in the same age range in which you will be studying

If there is not a qualified Guide, the guide-in-training is designated as a "Self-Directed Guide" and will have additional review and support required from the Prepared Montessorian training team.

Training Structure

The path to certification is organized into three phases (Foundational Studies, Continuing Studies & Capstone), covering a broad range of topics including teaching methodology, childhood development, Montessori Theory, Montessori curriculum and more. It is delivered in a variety of waysto support multifaceted learning and provide both structure and flexibility to your circumstances. Below are further details about the different ways in which you gain and apply the knowledge.

Types of Experiences

Community Workshops

Community Workshops take place in every phase. These are not classes. They are online structured working meetings led by a coach with the goal of helping you plan and provide guidance for your independent work. We will be practicing presentations together, discuss Montessori spotlights and provide time to ask questions all as part of a community that shares the same goals. Be prepared to practice with Montessori exercises and materials and see how a Montessori classroom functions through video observations. Our community workshop schedules ares optimized during the US work day so learner can have access to Montessori materials since many learners work in schools.

Seminars

The seminars are live online classes on a set schedule; in other words, you will need to attend on specific dates and times. The seminars are designed to ground you in different topics to be a successful Montessori lead guide. It involves an overview of Dr. Montessori's discoveries in childhood development, the practical application in the classroom, the curriculum and classroom materials, and the ways in which modern educators give lessons using those specialized materials. Most seminars require interaction and participation in breakout rooms and using other interactive tools.

Album Study

At the pace of your choosing, album study allows for the deep study of every lesson and activity that makes up the Montessori curriculum through engagement with our online album library. For reference, there are about 200 lessons in the Nido & Toddler Albums, and 600 lessons and activities in Children’s House Albums. Each lesson has written and/or videos instructions by experts on how to deliver the presentation. This structured process of self-study will guide you through the scope and sequence of the Montessori curriculum and help you master each Montessori “presentation.” The materials covered in the Albums are critical to your classroom practice and success, and much of your time will be spent here.

Classroom Observations

50 hours of classroom observations are required in your training. You will apply your knowledge of observation and practice the skills that are required to deepen your understanding about how Montessori works and the child. There are up to 20 hours of virtual classroom footage available to help you complete some of your observation hours virtually. The remaining hours will need to be completed in-person in a Montessori classroom at the age level you are studying for.

Practice Teaching

You will go from practice to reality by implementing the theoretical studies into a real-world classroom learning how to work with children and the classroom community (parents, school leaders, other guides). You will be required to be at a Montessori classroom for 320 hours to complete your practice teaching. During your practice teaching, you will have 4 practice teaching reviews conducted by one of our field consultants for assessment and feedback. At least one of these visits will be in-person; the others will be remote. It's possible that, depending on your location, you may need a consultant to travel to you. The costs of traveling for the consultant (i.e., transportation, lodging, food) will be on the learner's expense but capped at $750 total.

Overview of Each Certfication Phase

Below is an overview of the experiences (i.e., content details, frequency, associated assessments) in each of the three main phases of the certification training.

Foundational Studies (3 to 6 months)

  • Community Workshops (weekly)
  • Seminars + Pre / Post Seminar Assignments + Assessment for seminars
  • Album Study Assignments 1 & 2 + Assessment for Album Study Assignments
  • 20 hours of classroom observation

Begin your studies with weekly community workshops to orient yourself to your prepared learning environment. Build the relationship with your coach and your fellow community of learners and create the support system that you will need to cheer you on through this journey. After several weeks of working together, you will attend your online Seminars and continue to meet with your cohort weekly to work on your assignments and ask questions. The deadline to complete all the assignments for Foundational Studies is typically two weeks upon the completion of the seminars.

Continuing Studies (6 to 9 months)

  • Community Workshops (Monthly)
  • Seminars + Pre / Post Class Assignments
  • Album study assignments 3 – 7 + Assessments for Album Study Assignments
  • 30 hours of classroom observation
  • 160 hours of practice teaching with 2 teaching reviews

Building upon the learnings from Foundational Studies, the seminars in Continuing Studies will take a deeper dive into 1) the role of observation by practicing the skill with an instructor and fellow learners, 2) classroom leadership topics and 3) Montessori curriculum and theory. These live, online discussions are offered at convenient times with several options throughout the year. You will work with your coach upon completion of Foundational Studies to plan out your Continuing Studies schedule and path to graduation.

Furthermore, you will continue your album studies and associated assessments and observation hours in the classroom. You begin your practice teaching requirements during the Continuing Studies phase and will need to coordinate the schedule and logistics with your practicum site.

Capstone (3-6 Months)

  • Community Workshops (Monthly)
  • 3 Week In-Residency
  • Album Study Assignment 8 & 9 + Assessments for Album Study Assignments
  • 160 Hours of Practice Teaching and 2 Teaching Reviews
  • Final Assessment

During this phase, you will also complete the last two assignments of your album study and the last 160 hours and 2 practice teaching reviews of your practice teaching. There will be assessments given for the last two album assignments as well as one final assessment that will cover topics from the entirety of the program.

The In-Residency portion of this phase is a set schedule where you will need to attend on specific dates and times at a specific location. This portion of the training takes the learning from the other components to deeper and more advanced levels through an in-person immersive learning experience at one of our training centers. We study and discuss parent involvement, child development, and advanced Montessori presentation skills. We offer the in-residency workshop several times throughout the year and in different locations so you can plan for the in-residency opportunity most convenient for you. Lake Forest, in Southern California, is one of the in-residency locations. Other planned locations will be in the Northeast, Midwest and Southern US regions and will be announced so you can plan accordingly.

Want more information?

Click HERE to access further details about the training structure.

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Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Meet Your Instructors

Meggan Burak
Meggan Burak
Meggan Burak is our Montessori Mentor. After studying Journalism at the University of Wyoming, Meggan moved to Minnesota which is where she began her Montessori training. She received her Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Primary Diploma from the Montessori Center of Minnesota. Over her twenty-plus years as a Montessori educator, Meggan has worn many hats. She has opened a Montessori school, worked in Nido and Toddler environments, and has been a Children’s House Guide, Head of School, and Administrator. Her passion has always been to help guide others along their Montessori paths. Meggan is delighted to be a Montessori Mentor with the Prepared Montessorian Institute supporting new guides and guides in training as they set off on their Montessori journeys.
Michelle Ahern
Michelle Ahern
Michelle Ahern is a Montessori educator working with the Prepared Montessorian team. Michelle grew up in Ireland and earned her BSc from The University of Limerick in Digital Media Design. Soon after, she decided to swap computers for classrooms and began to explore a career in early childhood education in Asia. She found Montessori and moved to Portland, OR, to complete her Montessori AMI 3-6 certification at Montessori Northwest. She recently obtained her MEd in Early Childhood Education and Special Education and has spent the past few years working in classrooms in New York City. Michelle is excited to share her love for the Montessori approach with new guides and guides-in-training!
Emily Daggett
Emily Daggett
As a child, Emily attended Montessori programs in Portland, OR through middle school. She credits her education with fostering a love of learning that continues to serve her today. After earning a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Occidental College, Emily traveled the world and found her way back to her roots. She received her Montessori 3-6 and 6-12 certification from the Association Montessori Internationale, as well as an M.Ed. from Loyola University. She is currently working on completing her 0-3 training. Emily has worked with children ages 18 months to 12 years in Montessori settings and most recently served as Communication Manager at Montessori Northwest training center. She hopes to use her background as a Montessori child turned educator to advocate for high quality education for all children.

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