Teacher Training

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. Our comprehensive diploma programs will prepare you for a life-changing career in Montessori education. Explore all of our courses below!

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?



    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.