Teacher Preparation

Our comprehensive diploma programs will prepare you for a
life-changing career in Montessori education.
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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. Why Choose AMI?

Assistants to Infancy
(ages birth-3)
Assistants to Infancy (ages birth-3)

Assistants to Infancy (ages birth-3)

Primary
(ages 3-6)
Primary (ages 3-6)

Primary (ages 3-6)

Elementary 
(ages 6-12)
Elementary (ages 6-12)

Elementary (ages 6-12)

 

Application Timeline and Review Process

2017-2018 Admissions Dates

Course

Early Admissions Date

Final Admissions Date

Loyola Priority Date

Assistants to Infancy TBD TBD TBD
Primary TBD TBD TBD
Elementary TBD TBD *TBD

**September 5, 2016

*Elementary with Foundations Course **Elementary without Foundations Course

We often have waiting lists for our courses and applications received after the Early Admissions Date will be considered on a space available basis. When a course is filled, successful candidates will be placed on the waiting list in the order accepted with the option of deferring enrollment to the next available course.

Application Review and admissions decisions

Applications are reviewed by our Admissions Committee. This committee is comprised of Montessori Northwest staff who hold and AMI Diploma at one or more levels. The Admissions Committee will review the application, in it's entirety, based on the Criteria for Admission. Potential students whose applications do not demonstrate all aspects of the Criteria for Admission may be asked to provide additional documentation to supplement their application. Applicants may be offered conditional acceptance to the course if a full admission is not granted.

Applicants will be informed in writing as to the status of their application within three weeks. If accepted, registration is required within two weeks of notification to reserve a candidate’s place in the course.

Admissions Policies

Criteria For Admission

Successful Candidates will demonstrate qualifications and suitability for successful participation in each course including:

  • Academic skills for success in a comprehensive and rigorous course of study
  • Clear oral and written communication
  • Organization, time management, and attention to detail
  • Ability to collaborate within a community
  • Commitment to alternative education
  • The desire to support human development in positive and life affirming directions

The educational standard for all MNW courses is a Bachelor’s degree in any field. Exceptions are considered on an individual basis.

A submitted application must be complete before it can be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee is comprised of Montessori Northwest staff who hold an AMI Diploma at one or more levels. The Admissions Committee will review the application, in its entirety, based on the following Criteria for Admission.

Potential students whose applications do not demonstrate all aspects of the Criteria for Admission may be asked to provide additional documentation to supplement their application. Applicants may be offered conditional acceptance to the course if a full admission is not granted. An applicant who is denied entrance to the course based on the Criteria for Admission may request more information from the Admissions Director as to the reason for their denial. A denied applicant may reapply again for the next course cycle.

Applicants will be informed in writing as to the status of their application within three weeks. Feel free to contact the Admissions Director at any time with questions.

Application

Please note that we are no longer accepting applications for the 2016-2017 courses. Check back in October for information regarding our 2017-2018 courses!

Our application process is the same for all courses. Specific requirements are listed on the application form.

Montessori Northwest Application Form - Check back soon!

  • Application Fee - Check back soon!

  • Registration

    Students accepted into a MNW course will receive a letter of acceptance as well as two copies of their Enrollment Agreement (see samples below). One copy of this Enrollment Agreement along with the registration fee* must be recieved by MNW within 14 business days of acceptance to hold a place in the course. Students who do not register within the 14 days will not be guaranteed a place in the course.

    *$75.00 for early admission applicants and $125.00 for all others.

    International Applicant Information

    Montessori Northwest is certified through the Student and Exchange Visitor Program to offer I-20's for M-1 student visas.

    We recommend that applicants who require a student visa begin their application process no later than three months before their course of choice begins. It is also recommended that potential applicants take the time to review the website Study in the States.

    The International Application Fee, the International Student Form, and supporting documents are due upon acceptance.

    Application Fee & International Student Form

    A fee of $100 is required from all International Students requiring a student visa. This is in addition to the standard application and enrollment fees.

    English Proficiency

    Proficiency in English is critical to success on MNW courses. One of the following exams is required of all international applicants from non-English speaking countries:
    • Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) – Scores: Internet-80, Paper Based 550
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Score: 6.5

    International Transcripts

    Applicants who hold degrees outside of the United States must have a course by course evaluation and/or translation of their academic records done by an approved evaluation services before they can be considered for admission. MNW recommends World Education Services, Inc. (www.wes.org)

    Loyola University Maryland M.ed. Application

    Loyola University M.Ed Program

    Montessori Northwest has a cooperative program with Loyola University Maryland. MNW Applicants who plan to participate in this program should contact the Loyola Program Coordinator, Carrie Stroup, for more details at 410.617.7765 castroup@loyola.edu.

    Application Deadlines for Loyola University Maryland:

    • For MNW courses that begin in summer, priority application deadline for Loyola is TBD.
    • For MNW courses that follow the academic year format and begin in September, priority deadline for Loyola is TBD.

    For more information and application materials, please visit Loyola University's website

    non-discrimination policy

    Montessori Northwest does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, national or ethnic origin in it’s administrative policies, education policies, or any administered programs. Any person unlawfully discriminated against as described in ORS 345.240, may file a complaint under ORS 659A.240, or may file a complaint under ORS 659A.820 with the Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries. Students may also file a grievance using our Grievance Process described in our Student Catalog.

     

    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 with 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 Portland training center.

    Employment, salary, and occupational advancement are not guaranteed upon successful completion of a teacher training course at MNW.