Taking a Closer Look at Online Montessori Training

Please note: We here at Montessori for Everyone do not offer online training. We sell printable materials for Montessori schools and homeschools. This post is an interview with two of the most well known online Montessori training centers, United Montessori Association and North American Montessori Center. Please visit their websites and contact them with any questions you may have about their programs.

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johnshepard trudycoumoushepardRecently I was able to interview John and Trudy Shepard (left) of the United Montessori Association (UMA) and Dale Gausman (below) of the North American Montessori Center (NAMC). They answered my questions about online training with detail and care. I think this information is very helpful, especially if you are considering online training – and based on the emails I get, many of you are.

Montessori Online Training Q & A

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Lori: What, if anything, makes online training appropriate for people seeking a Montessori career?

Dale Gausman of NAMC: Not only was Maria Montessori part of a movement to reform traditional ways of educating children, she understood the importance of educating teachers in new ways to support this transformation. “Teachers must be trained and schools transformed at the same time” – Maria Montessori, The Discovery of the Child

Online/distance training is a wonderful option for anyone who wishes to begin or enrich their Montessori career and cannot afford either the time or financial commitment that on site training requires. Since our inception in 1996, distance training has become an increasingly popular choice because it offers the benefits of flexibility and customization to meet the unique scheduling and educational needs of students.

John and Trudy Shepard of UMA: People who have commitments to family and work, or who live on a very limited income and/or live in a remote region of the world are being given the opportunity for a Montessori education. They are not simply exposed to it, but receive excellent training in the philosophy and materials presentations!

Besides the lives of children they influence, we see how they themselves change, having gone through an inner transformation of mind and spirit due to this marvelous (and often considered radical) way of looking at life and how one learns.

Lori: How does online training work?

namc_logoNAMC: As many of your readers know, Montessori is taught in three-year age groups, which is why we offer our diploma programs for ages 0-3, 3-6, 6-9 and 9-12. New students are welcome to enroll online, via fax, or mail. We process enrollments on a daily basis, so students may enroll anytime and begin their studies right away. As soon as an enrollment is received, it is processed and study materials are shipped directly via UPS courier expedited.

A typical NAMC student is a working parent – a very busy person! We realized from the beginning that distance education must be uniquely designed for student achievement and success. To that end, our diploma programs deliver manageable work schedules, quality training materials, effective and interactive communication between students and mentors, and straightforward, quantitative evaluation mechanisms.

UMA_logoUMA: Each student’s lesson plans center on unlimited one-to-one counsel from a senior staff evaluator – a seasoned, Master Montessorian. This personalized guidance helps students feel deeply connected with his/her course of study, and fully prepared for his/her career in Montessori education.

The student is assigned one primary and one co-evaluator. This provides consistency, a balanced perspective, and allows the student to establish a personal rapport. UMA evaluators are committed to each student’s success by offering individual encouragement and guidance. Students may also chose to have a UMA graduate as a mentor. They use Skype for face-to-face dialogue with their evaluators and mentors.

Lori: What kind of curriculum does your training center use?

NAMC: One unique feature to our programs compared to other Montessori training programs is the inclusion of full-color, professionally developed and designed curriculum albums. These manuals are excellent study guides for our students to learn the concepts and activities, and they become valuable lifelong classroom resources. NAMC now publishes more comprehensive, full-color Montessori albums than any other Montessori organization in the world. Each of our programs also includes a CD-ROM of printable items for classroom use and teacher record-keeping purposes.

UMA: Each student is provided a well-balanced core curriculum, based upon the original tenets of Dr. Montessori’s philosophy. The didactic material presentations are in-depth and involve hands-on participation.

All students receive UMA Teaching Manuals and unlimited viewing of the UMA Video Library as tutorials. Combined, the manuals and videos provide hundreds of Montessori material demonstrations, covering all the areas of the curriculum. The UMA Teacher’s Manuals also provide a liberal amount of master sheets for classroom use, booklets for classified nomenclature, and theme outlines for curriculum planning.

Lori: What process do the students go through to complete their work?

NAMC: NAMC diploma program schedules are designed for a student time commitment of between one-half hour and one hour per day, five days per week. Each program is divided into three components, and each component has a series of written homework assignments generated from the course material we provide.

For the NAMC Infant/Toddler (0-3) and Preschool/Kindergarten (3-6) diploma programs, each component is 10 weeks long for a total of seven months. For the Lower Elementary (6-9) and Upper Elementary (9-12) diploma programs, each component is 3 months long, for a total of nine months. In keeping with Montessori philosophy, NAMC students who have more time to devote to study are allowed to work at an accelerated pace. Those who need to set up customized schedules for a longer duration are also accommodated and supported by the NAMC team.

UMA: Lessons are emailed in the form of Microsoft Word attachments and may be downloaded and printed up as hard copies for use in each student’s personal albums. Lessons include detailed essay notes, charts, and assignment templates for easy submission.

Each assignment is comprehensively evaluated for effort in research and thorough understanding of the Montessori philosophy, method, and application. Unsatisfactory work will be addressed and resubmitted. The “final” is an open-book review. (No exams.)

The most significant difference of the UMA Teacher Training curriculum is our focus on the inner preparation of the adult, along with a thorough understanding of the Montessori philosophy. Our training is comprehensive, requiring a serious commitment on the part of the student…and staff!

Lori: Do you require a practicum as part of the training requirements?

NAMC: We always encourage those students who do not already have an affiliation with a Montessori center to seek a volunteer internship. However, there are two reasons why we do not require a practicum at NAMC:

1. Many of our students earn income to support themselves and their families, and simply cannot stop working to student-teach on a volunteer basis.
2. We are very aware that few if any schools hire newly-graduated teachers to act as lead teachers in a Montessori classroom.

Indeed, Montessori described experience toward the perfection of the educator in a scientific way – with continual experimentation, observation and analysis being necessary parts of the process. The initial training of the Montessori educator provides an important foundation, but the perfection of any educator is not in the initial training, it is in the years following.

Almost every Montessori teacher starts her/his career working with an experienced Montessori guide. It is our opinion that this first year of employment under an experienced Montessori teacher will be the most profound learning experience a Montessori teacher enjoys. Such an arrangement is also of great benefit to the employer, as new Montessori teachers can be mentored in accordance with the unique values and mission of the Montessori school.

When you consider how many wonderful Montessori educators may potentially be excluded from the profession based on completing an unpaid practicum, we simply consider the price too high. Fortunately, many Montessori schools hold a similar view. This allows people to pursue their dream of becoming qualified Montessori educators by taking the training online and then working under a lead teacher for a year or years to come.

UMA: The reality is, there are not enough Montessori schools in the world for every student’s training, and therefore internship for everyone is not a possibility.

We offer distance learning to a significant segment of the world population that:

1. Have no access to a classroom site
2. Have family commitments that require time at home
3. Live on a limited income and need to work to provide for their families
4. Live in a remote region of the world

If a practicum was required:

1. It would be impossible to validate the quality of all schools offering a practicum site
2. Training center visits by UMA would be cost prohibitive.
3. A fee for licensing would be required in every state where a physical training site was established. Passing on that expense would make tuition no longer be affordable for our students.

Lori: What kind of certification does someone receive after they complete their training? Is it recognized by any official Montessori organizations or other educational boards or institutions?

NAMC: NAMC graduates receive a Montessori teaching diploma, which is recognized around the world by qualified Montessori educators. NAMC is a member in good standing with the National Association of Career Colleges, the Canadian Association of Young Children, and the International Association of Montessori Educators.

UMA: UMA is licensed by the State of Washington to provide Montessori Teacher Training and Certification, in the USA and worldwide, since 1988. Our graduates have had excellent success in securing employment, due to the global demand for well-trained Montessori educators.

UMA is also an approved educational institution by the US Department of Defense for the Military Spouse Career Advancement, and an approved provider for Independent and Public School Districts in the US, to train teachers for teacher certification in the Montessori method at the primary level.

Lori: As I mentioned at the beginning, some of the comments on Facebook were negative. Do you have any response to someone who might hold a negative view of online training, especially concerning the need for a practicum?

John Shepard from UMA: Let me respond to the concern of the need for a practicum or internship for students. There is no question that one cannot fully grasp the use of the hands-on, didactic materials outside of a properly prepared environment. We go to great length in emphasizing this to our students. That is why we encourage our students to find a nearby Montessori school or set up a Montessori environment in their home where they can apply what they are learning.

Regretfully, because of constraints like distance, time, and money, an internship is not a possibility for some. It is for these individuals that we provide a thorough on-line certification in Montessori education.

Think of the positive results to this. People who have commitments to family and work, who perhaps live on a very limited income and/or live in a remote region of the world are being given the opportunity for an excellent Montessori education.

Therefore, let us in the Montessori community not criticize or dismiss a program simply by our own self-centered biases or uninformed judgments. Rather, we should be discussing how we can help each other with the same goal in mind: to train adults who provide the child with opportunities for proper educational growth and awareness of the world.

Are we not making a clear statement to the rest of the world when we confine a Montessori education to adults who happen to live within a certain locale near a Montessori school or training center? And when schools or centers are located in predominately middle to upper middle class/wealthy neighborhoods, are we not saying something loud and clear to the rest of the world’s population?

The answers to these questions are clear and, in effect, we speak volumes when we don’t offer more affordable and useful alternatives to centrally located centers for learning. I don’t think that is the kind of narrow, inaccessible Montessori community we envision both here in the United States as well as abroad.

Lori: Strong words, John, and I can sense the strong feeling behind them. I haven’t ever considered how outsiders might view Montessori based on the limitations of physical training centers and schools. But more importantly, if some of us decide, after thorough investigation, that online training is not an option we would personally promote, how important it is to allow others the freedom to make their own decisions based on their circumstances rather than insisting on a “one size fits all” Montessori education.

Thank you, Dale, John, and Trudy for your insightful, helpful information! If you have any questions for them I’m sure they’d be glad to answer. You can also visit their websites for more information:

North American Montessori Center
United Montessori Association

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77 Responses to “Taking a Closer Look at Online Montessori Training”

  • susanne said at April 26th, 2010 at 3:34 am :

    Hi Lori!
    The assistant teacher at my school is currently taking training with the NAMC. When considering her options as a single mother living in Aruba, she was grateful for the opportunity to have access to Montessori training online. There would have been no other way for her to further her knowledge in an in depth manner of both the philosophy and the materials used in a Montessori classroom. Since she is working with an AMI trained teacher (myself), and in an environment that illustrates what she is learning in her training, I think a good balance has been struck. She has the option to practice with the materials in her free time, and to apply the theoretical knowledge as she works as an assistant. Our experience has been very positive so far and we are both learning together (I get to “review” my own knowledge when she has questions or when we review her assignments).

    I consider it a positive blessing that people out there who really want to learn and increase their knowledge of Montessori, but are restricted by their obligations, have the opportunity to further their education this way.

    Warm regards,

    Susanne @ Beautiful Sun Montessori, Aruba

  • Vanessa said at April 26th, 2010 at 4:21 am :

    Can people from anywhere in the world apply? Would the diploma have any value, let’s say, in Europe?

  • Lori Bourne said at April 26th, 2010 at 6:25 am :

    Hi, Susanne! Thanks for your comment. It’s neat to hear about online training “in action”. I am so glad that situation is working out well for you and your assistant.

    Vanessa, from what I understand, anyone from anywhere can take online training. John & Trudy showed me a map of where their students come from and they live all over the world and I know that NAMC has students all over the world as well.

    As far as the diploma having value, that would depend mostly on the specific school where someone was applying to teach.

  • Gail said at April 26th, 2010 at 6:40 am :

    Are the online courses MACTE accredited? I did not see mention of that and in the US that is a critical component of credibility of training.

  • Lori Bourne said at April 26th, 2010 at 7:41 am :

    Gail, I’m going to ask Dale, John, and Trudy drop by to answer your question because that’s something I don’t know about. Hopefully they can add more information for Vanessa as well.

    Thanks!

  • Mari-Ann said at April 26th, 2010 at 8:08 am :

    Hi Lori,

    I am currently enrolled in NAMC’s 3-6 program and I just can’t say enough good things about it. I researched and read quite a few Montessori book prior to registering for this course, yet I’m continually learning vast amounts of information through this program. The manuals are of high quality and well written, and the administrative and tutorial staff have been extremely professional and helpful.

    Like the assistant mentioned in Susanne’s comment, an online Montessori program was the only option for me in my quest to make Montessori a part of my life. I live in Bermuda and I wanted my son to benefit from the amazing world of Montessori with me as his teacher. He is growing and thriving in our Montessori environment (you can read more about our learning adventures on my blog).

    There is a fantastic (albeit expensive) Montessori school here on the island and it is my hope to someday volunteer there as an assistant because I firmly believe you can only get so much from an online course and that nothing can replicate hands-on learning.

    Thanks very much for taking the time to research and post about this, Lori. I am currently working on compiling a list of my favorite Montessori books, blogs, and online resources and having purchased some downloads from you in the past, I have you linked you as my “go-to” resource for printables.

    Warmly,
    Mari-Ann
    Counting Coconuts
    http://www.countingcoconuts.blogspot.com

  • Kristyn said at April 26th, 2010 at 8:16 am :

    As a mom of three, who is AMS certified 3 – 6 and currently finishing up my AMS 6 – 12 training, I think that online training is a wonderful option/introduction for those situations as described in the article above – location, availability, finances, et cetera.

    At the same time, I believe in onsite training with an exceptional training center. I have bonded with my classmates, had intriguing discussions, and learned from watching others give presentations. I have extended my learning because of this.

    What I would personally like to see more of in the Montessori community and training centers is a deeper study and understanding of philosophy. I have come across many Montessori teachers that can give lessons, follow their binder, but don’t know or can’t communicate the rationale behind what they are doing or can’t make the appropriate adjustments of lessons to fit the child. I feel that the philosophy portion of many training centers is underrated and undervalued.

  • Trudy Shepard said at April 26th, 2010 at 9:08 am :

    Lori, in answer to your specific question…MACTE is an outstanding organization, however, it is not necessary to be approved by them to be recognized in the USA or worldwide. MACTE requires that fully online training programs have an on-site facility and that their students attend a definitive number of in-class hours. Therefore, for all the very important reasons mentioned in your post, Lori, UMA does not seek accreditation through this organization. It is not practical, nor is it necessary.

    Gail, although MACTE’s guidelines for Montessori teacher training are exemplary, their accreditation is not a “critical component in the USA.” UMA has been training and certifying teachers in US public and independent school districts for many, many years. In addition, the US Department of Defense provides full UMA scholarships to military spouses. A UMA teaching certificate provides FULL certification to its graduates. UMA is a government licensed Vocational/Career School and is governed by strict State and Federal statutes and regulations since 1988. UMA is also a long-time active member of the Northwest Career Colleges Federation, attending lobbying efforts at the Capital to promote and maintain standards of excellence in adult career education.

    I hope this sheds some light on the MACTE question, as well as on the validity of fully online Montessori teacher education. I look at all the beautiful Montessori schools who would otherwise not be in existence, and all the young lives who would otherwise not have had the benefit of Montessori education, had it not been for Montessori online teacher training.

    http://www.unitedmontessori.com/graduates-speak/

  • Lori Bourne said at April 26th, 2010 at 10:26 am :

    Hi, Kristyn! Thank you so much for your comment. I totally agree that the philosophy should be a huge part of any training, whether at a training center or online. Knowing about the materials, curriculum, and child development is great but it doesn’t mean much unless it’s combined with the “why” behind it all.

    Thank you so much for the additional information, Trudy! I think that is very helpful. Thank you again for your help and for stopping by to answer some questions!

  • Trudy Shepard said at April 26th, 2010 at 11:07 am :

    You’re welcome, Lori! And THANK YOU for taking the time to research Montessori online teacher training and sharing your findings. Open, positive dialogue can only help create a greater level of respect, understanding, and unity within the Montessori community at large.

  • Dale Gausman, NAMC said at April 26th, 2010 at 2:30 pm :

    Dear Lori,

    I have included Vanessa’s and Gail’s questions below, with responses to each. Thanks kindly for the opportunity to talk about Montessori teacher training via distance education.

    Vanessa: Can people from anywhere in the world apply? Would the diploma have any value, let’s say, in Europe?

    Yes, like all Montessori Diplomas, NAMC’s diploma is recognized internationally.

    NAMC does not offer an upgraded “International Diploma” for an additional fee, because our original program (the one you will be taking) covers all of the information required for international certification.

    Wherever you teach, either you know the method and curriculum or you do not. A Montessori program in Dubai should look and feel just like one in New York. And, except for the language spoken, which may be different, the teachers should be interchangeable.

    Gail: Are the online courses MACTE accredited? I did not see mention of that and in the US that is a critical component of credibility of training.

    MACTE is an accreditation organization that Montessori training programs with in-class training can choose to belong to. As part of the criteria to qualify for MACTE accreditation, training centers must require that students complete 3 weeks of residency (in-class) instruction as well as a minimum of 400 hours as an intern in a MACTE-accredited classroom. Currently, MACTE does not accredit training programs that are 100% distance learning based.

    We closely monitor new developments with MACTE in this regard, and to date, in the best interest of our students and the Montessori schools that choose us for their teacher training, we continue to offer high quality, complete distance training as a successful alternative.

    We feel that MACTE accredits quality Montessori Teacher Education programs, and we know that our training programs offer candidates a very positive alternative for acquiring their Montessori training and Diploma when financial, time and travel commitments for MACTE centers are prohibitive. You can see how our graduates feel about their training experience on our website: http://www.montessoritraining.net/program_benefits/testimonials.htm.

    http://www.montessoritraining.net

  • Kate said at April 26th, 2010 at 3:28 pm :

    I am currently enrolled in NAMC training and working as an assistant 6-9 teacher. The lead teacher I work with finished her onsite training over the summer in 6-9. We have sat down with my manuals and her manuals and Advanced Montessori Method to compare. My manuals were much closer to the Montessori Method than hers.

    I had much more thorough impressionistic lessons in the Great Lessons and language lessons. The lead teacher went to a highly sought out Montessori AMI affiliated school with MACTE accreditation. Her training was over $10,000 and mine was a third of that. I also have color manuals and masters on a CD for most of my lessons and she walked away with binders which she had to color everything as she went and missed most of what the lesson was focused, and her masters are photo copies that have been used for years.

    I do believe a practicum is needed. I currently work with our curriculum coordinator at our school and once a week we go over the lessons I have been working on, plus I have the added benefit of watching my lead teacher in action each day. I think that online training is something that must be looked at on an individual basis but it can work out beautifully.

  • Jean said at April 26th, 2010 at 4:33 pm :

    I agree with Kate. I have taken both 3-6 and 6-9 NAMC programs. I compared my manuals to a lead teacher’s and mine were much more detailed. If I had to make the manuals like she did, I’m sure there would be a lot missing.

    When going through the manual with the assignment questions, there are quite a few ‘higher level questions’ that have me create or analyze, not just rephrase. I know higher level questions because I’ve been a gifted teacher in the public school.

    I am very pleased. As I buy or make Montessori materials, I use them myself as the students would and understand their learning process from concrete to abstract, which better helps me be their guide. I am enthralled with the Montessori method. Thanks NAMC!

  • LC said at April 26th, 2010 at 5:57 pm :

    I am currently a Spanish teacher at a Montessori school, and I am enrolled in NAMC’s Upper Elementary training program. I will be the Upper Elementary teacher for my school starting in fall. I have been a Montessori parent, assistant teacher, and a Spanish teacher (at several schools) for more than 10 years. My director (AMS-certified in pre-primary, primary, and 6-12) loves my manuals and says they are better (in her opinion) than hers.

    I do think I have an advantage, however, since I work at a Montessori school and have access to the materials. It helped, especially when working on my Math manuals. But I believe the program is great so far, and two other teachers at my school have received their training through NAMC.

  • Priti said at April 26th, 2010 at 7:47 pm :

    Hi Lori,

    I read your blog regularly but have never thanked you for the wealth of information it provides and the discussion that evolves from it. I have a very different story to share. When we moved to US from India my older son was 4. He was attending regular school back in India as traditional education starts at 3 +.

    I had to start looking out for preschools here and that is when I stumbled on a very reputed Montessori school. I was not aware of the Montessori method of teaching till then. As I was not too sure how it would turn out for my son, I asked the director if I could be a volunteer with a different age group (6-9 yrs). Being an engineer I was amazed by the method, so many hands on activities for children to understand all the concepts.

    I decided I wanted to learn this method and that is when I started looking up for Montessori training schools. To study in a US school I would have needed to change the status of my visa to student visa. After a lot of research I found NAMC and believe me the experience with them was wonderful. As I was already volunteering I had access to all the materials and my Director was kind enough to let me go to the 3- 6 year olds classrooms and work with kids too.

    The NAMC manuals have detailed illustrations so you can actually visualise the whole lesson even without the material. Also they send CD’s which helps the whole process feel more concrete. For me this was the best way to learn more about the Montessori Method. I am a stay at home mom and loved the whole online learning experience, may be in future I will also go ahead and get a diploma for the 6-9 year old (Lower Elementary program).

  • Lori Bourne said at April 26th, 2010 at 8:16 pm :

    Lots of great responses here – thanks to everyone! I love hearing stories of “real life” online training experiences because that’s really what it’s about – does it actually work in real life or not? It looks like it does for many people. It also seems like most students find a way to have a practicum even though it is not required, and that is awesome too!

  • Aly in Va said at April 27th, 2010 at 5:43 am :

    Thanks for sharing. I think online training gets a bad rap. Of course, as much hands on experience one can get, always the better….but sometimes life just requires you to learn on “the job”. I’m hoping that new teachers whose education was strictly online would be assigned a mentor their first year and have plenty of observations/additional trainings from the teachers at their school to make the transition most successful for themselves and their students.

  • Kim said at April 28th, 2010 at 2:55 pm :

    Great idea for this post! Traditional Montessorians can be pretty rigid about materials and training — I can’t tell you how many teachers have disagreed with us on do-it-yourself material, much less online training! But online resources such as your beautiful PDF material and the variety of training resources do such a good job in making Montessori more accessible to everyone.

    Just as an aside, I do think a lot of Montessori schools would be amenable to having someone who is studying online visit the classroom. Since actually being in a classroom is very important, perhaps this would be of a bit of help to students in online courses.
    Here is the link for our Montessori teaching albums. We took our traditionally-focused albums and added parent-friendly advice and discussion to the exercises, making them easy to follow, even if you do not have the benefit of formal training or classroom experience.

  • Lori Bourne said at April 28th, 2010 at 7:16 pm :

    Great idea about having students at least visit a school – spending a day or two in observation is a great idea. We had to do that in my training as well, even though an internship was required too. It gave us a chance to see Montessori in a variety of settings as practiced by a variety of people.

  • Lynn said at April 30th, 2010 at 9:43 am :

    I really appreciate this topic, Lori! I have AMS toddler training, an Associates degree in Early Childhood ED, a BA in Social Science, A Graduate Certificate in Parent Education, and twenty+ years experience working with young children.

    I have loved the Montessori method and philosophy since I was 19 and worked in a Montessori school while in college. My life and work has kept busy and I never had the time or money to take on-site 3-6 training and it has been something I have longed for. I would like to have my own small school and getting training is difficult. I now live in an in area that is two hours from a training site.

    To take the six week summer session, I would need to travel four hours by ferry and car per day for six weeks! This would be a terrible hardship on my family, my work, and not to mention the $7000 price tag. I find it so exciting and liberating to think that I could study Montessori in my home, in depth, and create my own a practicum by working in a local school. I have been so fearful of taking a distance training course because I have heard so many Montessorians speak negatively about them. I am going to stop being fearful of others views and take one of these courses.

    Great teachers are self reflective and have enough integrity to make sure that they have what it takes to meet children successfully. I wish so much that there was less judgment and comparing within the Montessori community. Most parents are smart enough to decide if a school and teacher are qualified to meet the needs of their family. I say we support and uplift each other. There are many paths to good things! I’m so glad people are thinking about this topic.

  • Lori Bourne said at April 30th, 2010 at 11:24 am :

    Hi, Lynn! Great thoughts there. I’ve always thought online training was a great option for people who are already Montessori certified in one age group (and have completed and internship) and would like to be certified in another age group. Hope that works for you!

  • Elsa said at May 1st, 2010 at 12:34 am :

    Hi,

    I would just like to share my experience of online training in Europe for those who live here. I live in Oxford, England, and the closest – and only! – training centre is in London, which is too far for me to go every morning. This is why I have chosen the online training at Montessori Centre International, which I think is fabulous! It is by far the best course I have ever taken. I love to be able to organise my time how I wish. Also, it is not just theoretical since I had to attend a 2-week practical workshop in London. To me that was indispensable to add to my learning and I learnt more in 2 weeks than I have in the 5 months I have been doing the online course! To finish off the course we are required to complete a 420-hour teaching practice in a nursery, which I am looking forward to start.

    If anyone was interested, I would be happy to share more of my experience. Lots of info on their website: http://www.montessori.org.uk/mci_training/distance_learning/early_childhood

  • Anne Havniear said at May 5th, 2010 at 7:31 pm :

    Hello all,

    Formerly, I would have completely discredited any online training certification program. But I have found myself in a position where the only way for me to obtain additional Montessori Teacher training was to use on-line training. I have a MACTE-certified certificate in primary age group but now since we have moved to a new state I am now using NAMC to get my toddler certification. After seeing how informative and well thought out the curriculum is I am considering taking the 9-12 certification through NAMC also.

    NAMC is an excellent choice. I researched and researched different online programs and called the center directly several times before actually making my decision. I find the staff very easy to work with, the price is affordable and best of all the training manuals are high quality and very professional. I think that online training is practical and I would recommend NAMC to any interested person.

    The pros and cons of my two different experiences with Montessori training:

    Pros for Classroom Training: person to person contact with instructor, able to manipulate materials as you learn them, no time delay if/when you have questions

    Cons for Classroom Training: You must attend all classes at the set time, no flexibility in turn-in times, significantly more expensive than online training

    Pros for Online Training: allows flexibility in your schedule, can work ahead to complete program sooner, NAMC has the best manuals I have ever seen, affordable, has good reputation in the Montessori community

    Cons for Online Training: must use photos to understand the material – can’t pick it up with your hands, time delay if you are stuck and need help from the teacher

    I am glad that my first teacher training was at a school that required student teaching. I think it really allowed me to know for sure that I understood “the Montessori Method.” However, for some it is not practical to physically attend classes. If this is your case, then you should consider NAMC. I feel especially confident with their program because I already had familiarity with Montessori schools. If you want a online program, go with NAMC.

  • Lori Bourne said at May 5th, 2010 at 7:54 pm :

    Thank you, Anne and Elsa, for the additional information! I think that will be very helpful to many people. Best of luck with your training!

  • montessorimatters said at May 9th, 2010 at 6:54 pm :

    I considered doing an online Montessori course before I discovered that there was an AMI training center in my city. I was lucky that I had a flexible work schedule that could accommodate the training, but I can understand the convenience of doing the training online if your lifestyle is less flexible. I also think that for parents who want to know more about Montessori, and perhaps do activities at home, but not necessarily become a full-fledged school teacher, then an online course is great!

    At the end of the day, I feel that the real understanding of Montessori comes from reading Dr. Montessori’s books, exploring your beliefs about the method, and above all – OBSERVING THE CHILDREN. They were Maria Montessori’s true teachers, and they should be ours, too.

    Now, about the albums… The albums that we did in AMI were done by hand, and the reason behind that is that drawing the picture on paper helps you remember the precise placement of the items for each material. Was it time-consuming? Yes. Do I regret it? No. Is my album thorough? Absolutely, and because I hand-wrote each word while observing a trainer go through the motions, and then typed it up, I was able to absorb a lot more information than if I had printed out a master copy.

  • Montessori Topics said at May 16th, 2010 at 1:45 pm :

    Although I believe in hands on learning, what if someone doesn’t have the means or there are no Montessori training institutes or schools for practicum without far travel. It is absolutely impossible to complete on site training and is unheard of especially if you have other daily full-time responsibilities, a job or family and no training sites available.

    I believe if people are able to earn a B.S. or M.S degree from totally online studies by regionally/nationally accredited U S department of Education approved colleges, then it shouldn’t be so far fetched to earn Montessori training online. Saying that, I do believe if you do go an online route make sure that you are not paying a large amount for this training as in the thousands of dollars, because the acceptance level may vary drastically from institution to institution and you have put a lot of time and money into it.

    Personally, I commend anyone that wants to learn about this type of education, because in my experience it works. AMI is my preference being that it was established by Dr. Montessori herself with authentic resources and history, but I understand that some may not have that option, and the locations are limited depending on where you live in the U.S. or world and your lifestyle (children, work, etc). Maria Montessori believed that the adult (teacher) should undergo a preparation of the spirit and that does take being in the presence of the child and following the course of the child, but you must do what is possible for you.

    Great Montessori guides can come from all walks of training on or offline. There are people that have been trained by accredited organizations that fit the so called mold of acceptability, but aren’t very impressive guides for the best interest of the child. It depends on your dedication and your desire to learn beyond even what is being demonstrated or taught to you within your training. A good start to anyone wondering about becoming a guide with limited opportunities is to read Maria Montessori’s publications first. Clio Montessori Series’ are my suggestion. Then you can build on that foundation to further your Montessori training in what ever direction you can maintain whether online or off, accredited or not.

    Let us not forget that although we all have great intentions to support and represent Montessori education the best way we possibly can, Maria Montessori is the sole person who could direct her vision into exact plans and execute them, so who are we to judge. Gain an understanding in the best way available to you for Montessori training, if you can-be involved in a Montessori environment around children, and most importantly, “follow the child”. The focus was based on observation of the child and as Maria Montessori stated was given to her by the child and then she expressed it and that is what the Montessori method is, so unfortunately you will miss core aspects without being in the presence of children, but that doesn’t mean you cannot be successful through later experiences, time, and dedication.

  • uma.r said at June 1st, 2010 at 4:40 am :

    Hi! Good to read information that helps you get detailed education in Montessori and what programs to select.

    But what about people who are in India and want to pursue this education – how is it possible?

  • Lori Bourne said at June 1st, 2010 at 6:41 am :

    Hi, Uma! There are many Montessori training centers in India (Maria Montessori lived in India for awhile so Montessori has always had a strong presence in India). But anyone in India could take the online training from either of the two centers mentioned in my post. You can contact them for more information.

  • Mina said at September 16th, 2010 at 9:00 pm :

    Hi, I currently live in Singapore and I am very interested in becoming a teacher (Montessori -elementary). I am a stay at home mom and was researching about Online programs and came across this blog. I was wondering if this program will allow me to work in the U.S without additional certification. I am a U.S. citizen so working there is no issue. I have an accounting degree and am a CPA but I would not like to go back to that field when I return to the US next year. Thanks so much for your valuable research into this topic.

  • Lori Bourne said at September 16th, 2010 at 9:04 pm :

    Hi, Mina! I recommend contacting either of these online programs for more information – they’re the ones on the front lines helping their students get jobs so they would know a lot more than I do about it. Thanks!

  • zee said at November 11th, 2010 at 10:06 pm :

    Hello.
    It’s really nice to read all the comments on this page.
    I am currently working as an Assistant Teacher in a 6-9 class at a Montessori School in Canada with no prior Montessori experience. I would really like to get a better understandint of the methods even though I have been reading some books, but I would like a little more. I came across this Distance Program of Lower Elementary Diploma Program. I am hoping it would be beneficial for me as I cannot quit my job and start to do this program.
    Just wanted to know how reknowned is this program? And upon completion, how do we call it? (for example, for regular teacher’s college, we say B.Ed. How do we address the Montessori one? do we write NAMC after the name?)

    I would really appreciate it if you could answer my questions and if you have anything else to add.

    Thanks.

  • Lori Bourne said at November 12th, 2010 at 8:04 am :

    Hi, Zee! This does sound like a great option for you. I discussed two different training centers, NAMC and UMA. They are both well known around the world, but whether or not a school would accept credentials for either depends on the school.

    Feel free to email either place to get more details, including what you would call your degree after completion.

  • Uno said at January 23rd, 2011 at 9:22 am :

    Thank you so much for bringing up the subject of online montessori studies. I wasted a whole trying to make up my mind about doing an online course. I have two children and the closest place for me to do an onsite training is miles away. This has been very encouraging and very enlightening for people like me who have been at crossroads. I am definitely going to enroll and get out the best I can from the online studies. Thank you again

  • Anna said at February 22nd, 2011 at 8:02 am :

    These comments are all very useful.I already work in an Montessori school in England as a music teacher.I don’t actually use the materials but I would love to study the method in more depth and perhaps develop my music teaching. I am a single mum working full-time so hallelujah to on-line courses! I would like to know if MCI accept this course? Many thanks.

  • Lori Bourne said at February 22nd, 2011 at 2:18 pm :

    Hi, Anna! It sounds like online training would be perfect for you. Please contact either NAMC or UMA directly with your questions (you can click “Contact” at their websites to fill out a form or get their email address). Links to both websites are at the end of the post. Thanks!

  • Larren said at March 30th, 2011 at 6:53 am :

    I am curious as to why you did not mention Center For Guided Montessori Studies, (GuidedStudies.com), where two of my friends received their training? I think that the in class training is invaluable.

  • Lori Bourne said at March 30th, 2011 at 7:00 am :

    Hi, Larren! There are many online training programs. I chose two of the largest to give a representation of what is out there. I hoped that people would share other options, just as you did. Thanks!

  • Leora said at May 16th, 2011 at 12:53 am :

    Thank you for all the helpful information. Does anyone know if UMA or NAMC is more accepted in Italy.
    Thank you
    Leora

  • Lori Bourne said at May 16th, 2011 at 6:14 am :

    Hi, Leora! It would probably vary by school and really come down to the school director’s personal preference, if they even had one.

  • Farah said at June 12th, 2011 at 6:04 am :

    Can anyone help me, wether a montessorrie online course with an EYFS program is available ??Which institute provides it ???

  • Lori Bourne said at June 12th, 2011 at 6:58 am :

    Sorry, I don’t know anything about that. You’ll have to call online training programs or Google terms like “montessori online EYFS” and see if anything comes up.

  • Rajani said at June 16th, 2011 at 1:26 am :

    Hi Lori, Thank you for all the information that you have shared through your blog and websites. Thanks to all the info I had accesss to I feel confident about my decision to take up a teachers training in Montessori method. I was wondering if you or any of your readers have any information regarding how the course offered by the following institution is?

    http://globalmontessoriinternational.com/Default.aspx

    Once again, many thanks.

  • Lori Bourne said at June 16th, 2011 at 7:03 am :

    Hi, Rajani! I don’t think people will come by this post who know anything about that training center, but you could Google things like “global montessori review” and see if you can find anything that way.

  • Carolyn said at July 20th, 2011 at 7:38 am :

    Hello!

    I am a proud graduate of the 3-6 NAMC program which I was able to do while working in a Montessori based daycare and with my own two young children. My director was an AMS trained teacher and so I was able to be mentored through the process, which really helped me. The albums are wonderful and the feedback from the staff was very professional and meaningful.

    Now, I am at a bigger Montessori school affiliated with the American Montessori Society. In order for me to become a lead teacher in this school, I needed further training with an AMS affiliated training center. I attended the Columbus Montessori Teacher Training Center in Ohio, a three hour drive from Pittsburgh. Luckily, my current school paid this for me, an option that was not available to me in the past nor to my co-students from other Montessori schools. So I certainly appreciate the viewpoint of those out there who are looking for more realistic training options, like online or distance learning.

    I think that NAMC should be honest with their prospective students on their website. If one would like to a lead teacher in an AMS affiliated school, their training falls short of this reality due to the lack of affiliation with AMS.

    It is really a shame that such a progressive method of teaching as a Montessori education (self-paced, individual, etc) for students isn’t able to be transferred to a more modern method of online teacher training (with AMS affiliation). I was able to earn a Master’s Degree through Walden University, an entirely online school. With a job and two young children, this was a perfect option for me. I particularly enjoyed the Discussion groups where I would respond to questions myself, gain feedback from co-horts, and respond to their answers as well. It provided the discussion that might have taken place in a classroom setting, the difference being that you had time to really reflect upon the subject before answering and you were able to read everyone’s feedback. This might not happen in a classroom setting, not everyone raises their hand to respond!

    I certainly would have appreciated the option of some of my training with CMTE to have occurred online, saving me the three hour commute out of state. I believe that the core subject areas (language, math, sensorial, and practical life) need to be demonstrated live by highly qualified staff members in order to be most effective. Further, the practice time for trainees in a class setting with teachers that can provide immediate feedback is vital. However, non-core subjects such as child development, philosophy, or observation/classroom management could be done online, similar to my Master’s program, with online discussion group questions. It seems to me there ought to be a happy medium for those of us who want to obtain quality training while balancing our busy lives outside of our careers, a program with on-site practice mixed with online options.

    Carolyn

  • Rebecca said at August 22nd, 2011 at 6:42 pm :

    I think that although it is nice to be able to offer Montessori training via the internet, what must be considered is Maria Montessori herself and how she viewed her “help to the child”. Back in her day, she would give a provisory certificate and then check back with the teacher in two years. If she then felt that the teacher had indeed embraced the theory, the teacher was granted a permanent certificate.

    Since the original classroom was primary aged (3-6), it is vital that a thorough understanding of the theory comes through this certification. This is why I firmly believe that a practicum is needed. I wasn’t able to have a lead teacher, so I fulfilled a self led internship. It took a year, was not easy, but I have since worked with others who just have earned a certificate online and see the struggle that they have each had due to the lack of a practicum.

    Also, even though the response to the MACTE question was one that said it is not a critical aspect for US employment, it can be a huge obstacle to overcome if you want to work in a fully accredited school. A lot of parents in the know look for that accreditation and it should be noted that it can be even more costly to remedy the online certification.

    I guess it comes down to opinion, but I have worked in several classrooms in and out of the US and training does make a huge impact on how a big classroom works. We shouldn’t discount Maria Montessori and her impact on education, but we also need to understand why she set up the training the way she did. Hands’ on approach…it is how we teach the child, it is how we should be taught ourselves.

  • Lori Bourne said at August 22nd, 2011 at 7:03 pm :

    Hi, Rebecca! Thanks so much for your thoughtful reply. Hopefully, as you read the interviews, you saw that the people running the online training centers feel just as you do…there is absolutely no substitute for hands-on experience, and many people who take online training do indeed complete an internship, either under a lead teacher or self-directed, as you did.

    There is also the point to consider, as we look at the life of Maria Montessori, that she wanted her method to be as widely available as possible. Ideally, every child would be in a Montessori program.

    When we tell people in other countries (many of whom live, if not in poverty, at least at a much lower standard than we in developed countries are used to), that they can ONLY take the Montessori training if they can afford to spend a year or two as an intern (many times, interns are paid very little) and only if they are within driving distance of a Montessori school, we are cutting off many people from Montessori. Those ideas, unfortunately, is where the Montessori method gets its reputation for being exclusive and only something available to the wealthy.

    For myself, having completed my internship under the direction of a world-renowned Montessorian (Sister Mary Motz), and having watched others complete self-directed internships, could see the difference in quality over what I learned and what they learned. So I could (not that I am saying this, I’m just saying I could) look down on your training for being self-directed just as you might look down on someone who completed online training.

    Online training is here to stay, so in and of itself it’s not up for debate. The question is, how to help the online student get the absolute best experience and hands-on training if at all possible. I’m guessing that most people who complete online training go on to work at Montessori schools and learn from experience, as we all did.

    I left my amazing internship with a lot of knowledge under my belt, but still a lot to learn and much room to grow. I continue to learn more about Montessori every year. So I see Montessori for the educator as a lifelong process, one that continues long after certification.

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Becky said at September 19th, 2011 at 8:47 pm :

    Thank you so much for this article! I have been looking into Montessori training for years and the reasons you posted are the exact reasons that I have not gone any further. I am a working mother of 3 and there is not a Montessori teacher training near where I live. I also homeschool my children, 5, 3, and 1.5, this is the exact perfect thing I have been looking for to help me help my children.

    Thank you again you made my day!

  • Lori Bourne said at September 19th, 2011 at 8:50 pm :

    Hi, Becky! I am so glad to hear it. This does sound perfect for you. Let me know how it goes! Best of luck.

  • Idyed said at October 17th, 2011 at 9:22 pm :

    I am so glad I stumbled upon this website. I have been stressing out the past few weeks on whether to register in an online or in class montessori program. In class would definitely prove to be a hardship for me and my family’s very tight schedule, while an online is very much more convenient since I can do it in the evenings. I have tried online courses before and it worked out real fine for me. My concern though was that I would not want to spend so much money and in the end not be employed by other Montessori schools.

    I am currently working in a Montessori school and I know that I can get on the job training there as I take the time to observe how our lead Montessori trained teacher introduces some of the “montessori centers”.

    i am just wondering if NAMC is aware of any of their graduates being allowed to take practicum courses in other MACTE accredited schools. I was considering registering in NAMC to get the teaching credential then take an additional practicum course – hopefully by that time my schedule would now be lighter, at an MAS training center. Would it make a difference in terms of employment opportunities?

    Thank you again for this wonderful and very enlightening blog!!!!!

  • Lori Bourne said at October 17th, 2011 at 9:42 pm :

    Hi, Idyed! So glad you found us. It does sound like an online course would be perfect for you. For answers to your questions, please visit the NAMC website (link is in the post) and find their “Contact” page so you can call or email them.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  • steve said at October 28th, 2011 at 12:56 pm :

    Hello;
    My wife is a certified British Columbian Teacher (Canada) and we were wondering if the online Montessori training in question is recognized in Canada? Sorry if this is a dumb question

  • Lori Bourne said at October 28th, 2011 at 1:05 pm :

    Hi, Steve! There’s no across-the-board answer. It’s up to a specific school whether they will recognize a certain online training program or not. As of now, online programs are not certified by AMS or AMI in any country.

  • Jolie Zins said at January 11th, 2012 at 11:49 am :

    Is NAMC and UMA approved by The Montessori Foundation , IMC and AMS as being an accredited license provider?

  • Lori Bourne said at January 11th, 2012 at 12:40 pm :

    Hi, Jolie! That’s a good question and I don’t know the answer. You’ll need to contact NAMC and UMA (see links to their website in the post) and ask them.

  • Elizabeth Lanich said at January 17th, 2012 at 1:46 pm :

    I work in a Montessori preschool right now and want to become a Montessori Certified teacher. Your online program would be a great opportunity for me since I need to be certified by the 2012-2013 school year. I am a working mother of three and only work parttime. My husband and I both have lower incomes so money is an issue. Do you accept grants, scholarships, etc.? If you do, how do I go about applying? Any help you can give me in this matter would be appreciated.

  • Lori Bourne said at January 17th, 2012 at 2:27 pm :

    Hi, Elizabeth! I don’t run an online training program, I just blogged about two that are out there. You’ll need to contact NAMC and UMA directly (links to each site are in the post) to ask about grants and scholarships.

    Best of luck!

  • Liz said at January 18th, 2012 at 5:08 pm :

    Thank you for taking the time to blog about this! I wish there was albums or training for mum’s who are not necessarily interested in working in a Montessori school as a career but are interested in plenty of information about lessons and practical applications of Montessori methods in their homes. it can be hard finding a wealth of information about this and a Montessori Mum’s and Dad’s course would be great! If anyone knows any info about anything like that please post, it would be much appreciated! Many Thanks.

  • Lori Bourne said at January 18th, 2012 at 5:16 pm :

    Hi, Liz! There are many moms and dads who take the two courses I mentioned, and I hear this one mentioned a lot as a good option for parents as well: Montessori Marketplace Teacher Training.

  • Anu said at February 17th, 2012 at 10:41 am :

    Hi,I am not for US but am here for my kids treatment and would have to stay at least for another 6 months.I wanted to know can I apply for any online courses ,as I am looking to a career in elementary teaching .

  • Lori Bourne said at February 17th, 2012 at 6:13 pm :

    Hi, Anu! Please contact either (or both) of the training centers we link to in this blog post to inquire about how to apply for their courses.

    Thanks,
    Lori

  • Megan Gish said at April 15th, 2012 at 6:41 am :

    Wow, these are all GREAT responses…just what i needed! I have my Montessori Assistant Teacher credential and I taught Montessori for three wonderful years (as head teacher actually, long story, but I am thankful for the experience as head teacher!).

    Then I moved and taught Gymnastics for another three years but so badly wanted to get back into the classroom. I got married last year and just as I was looking into furthering my Montessori education, my husband and I got military orders to Guam. To my knowledge there is ONE Montessori school here on the island and I am e-mailing with them about volunteering.

    Meanwhile, an online-option is looking like it is my only option to continue my teacher education and both NAMC & UMA look like great options for me. Because I am a spouse of active duty military I am eligible for a MYCAA scholarship that would cover all my costs for my Montessori education and UMA accepts that sort of financial aide which is awesome!

    On the other hand, NAMC offers college credits along with its diploma which is also a temping route to take. We plan on settling back down in California after we get out of the military and to my knowledge both schools would look good on my resume as I apply to schools in California. I guess I will need to contact both schools and see. Although, both seem about neck and neck as far as recognition and reputation. Such a tough decision when the two schools are talked so highly of!

    Any other differences or similarities between NAMC and UMA would be helpful. I know it seems through reading these responses that NAMC has more colorful and detailed materials? Would love to hear a little more from students at either school! Thanks so much for blogging about this topic, it has been EXACTLY what is in my head!

  • Lori Bourne said at April 15th, 2012 at 6:53 am :

    Hi, Megan! So glad you found this post and it was helpful. I think a good route to take would be to talk to both training centers to get more info and to Google them and see what people are saying about them. Hope that helps and best of luck!

  • A.Anthony James said at July 2nd, 2012 at 12:01 am :

    I would like to do Montessori online -6 Month course-Please send the course fees- I am Physically
    Handicapped.I met with an accident and lost my right leg -right leg above knee amputation.I worked in USA for Carnival Cruise Lines,Miami,Fl,USA.Please help me to enrol in online Montessori course.

  • Lori Bourne said at July 2nd, 2012 at 5:26 am :

    Hi! I do not offer Montessori training. I wrote this post about two different online training centers. You can find the link to each of them in the above blog post. Please contact each place directly for information about fees, enrollment, etc. Thanks!

  • Nisha said at August 10th, 2012 at 3:25 am :

    I’m very confused about theses online courses. I’m a mother of a child. My son is 2 years old and I’m start looking for a Montessori to enroll him. since my husband lost his job now we can’t afford any. So I start opening a my own Montessori at home. When I start checking on these online courses I found this web site. I have some questions to ask and here are they.

    1)How do I enroll to this course?
    2)Do I get a certificate end of this course?
    3)Is it recognized to go abroad?(me and my husband planning to go abroad)
    4)How much is the course fee?
    5)How do I pay?
    6)I’m not very familiar with English therefore is it possible me to manage this?
    7)I live in Sri Lanka at end of the course how can I get my certificate?
    8)Do I need any qualification to do this course?

    Thank you,
    Regards,
    Nisha

  • Lori Bourne said at August 10th, 2012 at 6:02 am :

    Hi! As I said in the comment right before yours, I do not offer online training. I simply blogged about two places that do. Please contact them (their websites are linked to in the post) with all of your questions.

  • maryam said at September 30th, 2012 at 6:24 pm :

    hello i live in califonia and i want to work in montessori i have to get montessori courses please tell me what should i do to get online courses?

  • Lori Bourne said at September 30th, 2012 at 7:10 pm :

    Hi, Maryam! Please look in the blog post for the websites of the two training centers I interviewed. We at Montessori for Everyone do not offer training, so you’ll have to contact them for more info.

  • Karen Allen said at November 29th, 2012 at 11:22 am :

    One new option out there to receive Montessori training online (with a 4 week on site intensive) that *IS* MACTE accredited is the new training by Age Of Montessori. It’s very deep, and works well for working parents, etc. The main instructor, Mary Ellen Maunz, worked under/with Madame Caspari, who was trained directly by and was friends with Maria Montessori. The overall price (not including text books) for the course is about $5700 in American. Students from literally all over the world are taking the course! It’s worth checking into!
    http://ageofmontessori.org/

  • nehal said at February 23rd, 2013 at 11:17 pm :

    can i do on line monteseri courses

  • Lori Bourne said at February 24th, 2013 at 7:54 am :

    Sure, anyone can apply to take an online course. Please contact one of the two training centers mentioned in this post (I do not offer Montessori training) for more information.

  • Bushr zheer said at April 8th, 2013 at 8:14 am :

    I am running a well reputed montessori school and a trained montessori directress,how can i start training of teacher and get affiliation to yours montessori.It will be pleasure to get diploma from yours side.Kindly tell me the rules.

  • Lori Bourne said at April 8th, 2013 at 8:40 am :

    Hi! We do not offer online training here at Montessori for Everyone. However, in this blog post, I link to two different training centers that you can contact regarding their information.

  • Ruchika said at May 1st, 2013 at 7:23 pm :

    hello Lori ,
    first of all thankx for making this blog ,it is indeed very useful ,but honestly i m sort of confused again which course to join NAMC or UMA …both are kind of equally similar (fees wise too)but i m not able to find which one has has ltl more value ….PLEASE HELP ME REGD THIS QUERY .

    one more thing will it be possible for me to get enroll through any of these courses and work as volunteer in any montessori school by showing that i have enrolled so i can get the vision of practical too.

    have you or any body heard about CERDS if yes please give me some information about it too .
    thankx
    ruchika

  • Lori Bourne said at May 1st, 2013 at 7:40 pm :

    Hi, so glad you found us! I’m sorry, I have not taken either course so I can’t give a recommendation to you. That’s really a decision you have to make on your own, but either way would be fine.

    You’ll have to ask the training centers about coordinating it with a volunteer or intern position. I don’t know how they do that. I have not heard of CERDS.

    It sounds like you need to talk to someone at each training center, ask them your questions, and then base your decision on the information you receive.

  • Marc said at May 27th, 2013 at 9:58 am :

    Please understand that many employers will not hire persons without a MACTE credential. In Maryland, at least, it is illegal for a school to call itself “Montessori” if its teachers are not MACTE certified. There are good reasons for this, as neither NAMC nor UMA require teachers to perform an internship or even adequately assess that they have learned anything. Students in these two institutions basically study albums at their own pace without working in a group; it is a lonely experience.

    Please understand that there are options for MACTE programs that are mostly conducted online. I know of three, and think they are all good.
    1) The Center for Guided Montessori Studies
    2) Montessori Live
    3) Age of Montessori

    Many more are coming all the time – do your research before you end up with a certificate that makes it difficult to obtain a job.

  • Carolyn said at July 13th, 2013 at 8:55 pm :

    I am currently enrolled at NAMC for their infant toddler program. I have to say the binders they provide are beautiful and full of information. I have had the pleasure of being the ECE in a Toddler Montessori classroom in Canada for the past seven years. I have had a great deal of experience in using the Montessori method and this program ties everything together for me. In Canada, there is an option to take your NAMC diploma to a MACTE accredited school such as TMI and have them look over your assignments. They then take you experience into account and can possible accredit your diploma. You may be required to complete a few more courses, but if online training works for you, and being MACTE accredited is important, this may be an option.

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