Teacher Preparation

Our comprehensive diploma programs prepare motivated individuals for life-changing careers in Montessori education.

Montessori teacher training starts here! 

Since 1979, Montessori Northwest has offered rigorous, practical and in-depth Montessori teacher preparation, in affiliation with the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). The quality of our graduates reflects the quality of our training: knowledgeable and compassionate, with a teaching practice grounded in a thorough understanding of Montessori principles and child development.


Our Courses

Montessori Northwest offers AMI Montessori teacher training:

After successful completion of all coursework, graduates receive the AMI diploma, which is recognized internationally as a standard of quality in Montessori teacher preparation. Students may also enroll in a cooperative program: Marylhurst University (for the Bachelor of Arts completion program) or Loyola University Maryland (for the Masters in Montessori Education program or Certificate of Advanced Study in Montessori Education [C.A.S.]). Students receive credit towards these programs for work undertaken at MNW.

Montessori Northwest offers a rigorous, engaging and inspiring course of study. Students explore Montessori theory and the use of Montessori materials through lectures, collaborative seminars, and active group practice in our model classrooms. Students create their own teaching manuals, to deepen and solidify their learning. They apply their knowledge through observation and practice teaching in Montessori classrooms.

Studying at MNW is a transformative experience; in addition to foundational knowledge of the Montessori method, we offer opportunities for leadership, collaborative learning, and personal growth. Our expectations of students mirror the expectations found in a professional setting, further preparing our graduates to begin their new careers.

Please contact us to arrange for a personal tour of our facility in Southeast Portland.

Why Choose AMI?

The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) was founded by Maria Montessori in 1929 to protect the integrity of her work. Today, AMI continues to uphold these standards by offering high-quality, authentic and rigorous teacher training through its affiliated training centers.

The AMI diploma is used in over 110 countries as a mark of teacher training excellence. Graduates of AMI training courses must demonstrate understanding of educational theory, child development, observation techniques, use and presentation of the Montessori materials, and ability to create appropriate activities for children. The practice teaching component solidifies this learning through hands-on work in Montessori classrooms.

AMI courses are conducted by AMI trainers, master teachers who have completed the Training of Trainers program and have a profound understanding of Montessori theory and practice.

In the past ten years, Montessori schools have nearly doubled their student enrollment, and positions at AMI-recognized schools go unfilled. Your AMI diploma allows you to pursue your Montessori career with the confidence that comes from extensive training and foundational knowledge.

Options for undergraduate and graduate credit are available through colleges and universities affiliated with individual training centers. Explore our Teacher Training section to learn more.