About Montessori Northwest

Since 1979, our Montessori teacher training center in Portland, Oregon has offered rigorous, practical and in-depth adult education, in affiliation with the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). Our work is to inspire new thinking about education and the nature of childhood.

The quality of our adult 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.

For many adult learners, studying at MNW is a transformative experience. From our beautiful and comfortable training space to our friendly and helpful staff, we strive to support our students in every way possible.

We hope to welcome you to MNW soon, whether as a student, a teacher, a parent, or an individual interested in learning more about Montessori education.


What We Do

Montessori Northwest (MNW), located in Portland, Oregon, provides AMI Montessori teacher training at the Assistants to Infancy (ages 0 - 3), Primary (ages 3 - 6), and Elementary (ages 6 - 12) levels, and serves as a hub of activity within the Montessori community. We also offer parent education, continuing education workshops, community education and personalized staff development for Montessori professionals. We also offer Primary and Elementary training in Washington and Primary training in California.

Montessori Northwest is a founding partner of Alder Montessori, a tuition-free early learning program for children aged 3-5 years-old living in poverty. This program is housed in east Portland's Alder Elementary.

MNW is a non-profit organization affiliated with the Association Montessori Internationale, Whitworth University in SpokaneLoyola University Maryland. All of our Portland courses, our Seattle Primary and Bay Area Primary courses are fully accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE). Montessori Northwest is a Candidate in Good Standing* for its Spokane Elementary Course with the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education.

MNW is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is guided by a Board of Directors. Board members come from a variety of backgrounds, from Montessori educators and administrators to individuals successful in a variety of professions. All care deeply about supporting MNW’s mission and growing our presence in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

*Candidate in Good Standing in no way determines the outcome of the accreditation decision by MACTE.