Teacher Training

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

A recent Primary (3-6) trainee said, "The best part about this whole program is the way I feel internally. I feel like I’ve been asked to look inside myself and refine my best qualities, and now I know my best qualities and I can present them with my whole heart and confidence."


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At Montessori Northwest our goal is to help adults develop a rich body of knowledge and the practical experience they need to be successful working with children and families.

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?

Introduction to Montessori Education

Are you brand new to Montessori, considering Montessori teacher training, or ready to learn more about the principles that guide the magic in a Montessori classroom? This 12-hour course introduces the history of Montessori education, foundational concepts in human development, the development of independence and responsibility, and key elements in preparing environments that support learning at all ages. It is offered at various times, formats, and locations throughout the year. Click here to learn more.



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: Loyola University Maryland (for the Masters in Montessori Education program or Certificate of Advanced Study in Montessori Education [C.A.S.]). For students enrolled in the Spokane Summer Elementary training, Whitworth University offers a Master’s Degree with Emphasis in Montessori Education. 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.

The following diploma courses are also accredited by MACTE (Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education):

Montessori Northwest is a Candidate in Good Standing* for its Spokane Elementary Course with the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education.

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

Please contact us to learn more about our training center. You can schedule a personal tour here.

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

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.