2017 Admissions

Our application is a simple 3 step process designed to support your journey in becoming a Montessori teacher. When you complete these steps you are on your way to becoming a MNW student and on your path to changing the lives of children!
Step 1: Submit an Initial Application

Complete the short online form below. This includes basic information such as your contact information and which level of training interests you.  

Step 2: Schedule an Admissions Meeting

After we've received your application form, we'll contact you to set up an informal meeting, tour, or phone call with one of our admissions staff. We can answer your questions and tell you more about the program.

Step 3: Send your Admissions Packet

Gather the materials to complete your admissions packet. This includes your resume, personal essay, supplemental questions, reference letters, and official transcripts. Click here for details.

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Admissions Timeline

2017-2018 Admissions Dates


Priority Admissions Date

Final Admissions Date

Loyola Priority Date

Primary Summer - Seattle Area April 28, 2017 June 15, 2017 N/A
Primary Academic Year - Portland April 1, 2017 August 15, 2017 August 15, 2017
Elementary Academic Year - Porltand March 1, 2017 June 15, 2017 Augsut 15, 2017

Application Review and admissions decisions

Complete applications are reviewed by our Admissions Committee and 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.

Waiting List

We often have waiting lists for our courses and applications received after the Priority Admissions Date will be considered on a space available basis. When a course is full successful candidates that apply after the Priority Admissions Date will be placed on a waiting list in the order accepted. If a space does not become available, they will have the option of deferring enrollment to the next available course.

Review Process

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.

Application Review

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 Criteria for Admission above.

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.

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

Application Fee & International Student Form

A fee of $100 is required from all accepted International Students requiring a student visa. This is in addition to the standard 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 Director, Jack Rice, for more details at 410.617.7765 jhrice@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

Applicants with Disabilities

Accepted applicants with existing disabilities who wish to request accommodations should make an appointment with their Director of Training to discuss course requirements and possible accommodations. See the Student Handbook or contact us for more information.

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 its 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 Handbook.