A career as a Montessori teacher gives you the opportunity to change tomorrow by working with today’s children. It’s the sort of job that’s going to engage you on a meaningful level and give you a career you can be passionate about. Montessori teachers are in high demand right now, which also makes it a sound decision in terms of job security and fiances. Read on to discover five compelling reasons to become a Montessori teacher.
1) There’s A High Demand
Right now, there’s a shortage of trained Montessori educators. According to the North American Montessori Teachers Association, approximately 200 available jobs remain unfilled each year. The demand is so great that some schools even sponsor candidates to take Montessori training in exchange for a contract to teach at the school for a certain number of years.
If you’re a teacher trained by a respected Montessori program, you’ll have no trouble finding a job. It’s a fairly secure career to get into as well since the demand for teachers isn’t going away any time soon.
2) It’s A Financially Sound Decision
According to Glassdoor.com the national average salary for Montessori teachers is $37,531 a year (lead Montessori teachers average more; $42,116). For public school teachers, it’s $45,263. Numbers can vary significantly depending on location, but right now most Montessori teachers make less than most public school teachers.
However, with the shortage, certified Montessori teachers are going to start marking more money. It’s a growing market and once you’re in there’s room for career advancement to lead or head teacher. Also, most schools offer tuition discounts to their teachers, so if you have children you save money by sending them to your school.
3) You’ll Have A Fulfilling, Rewarding Job
Our jobs don’t have to make us miserable. If teaching is something you love to do, if you’re passionate about working with children, and you’re driven to help young people reach their full potential, being a Montessori teacher could be the perfect fit for you.
Teaching in a Montessori environment offers opportunities to connect with children, help them reach their potential, and guide them toward meaningful growth. It can be an incredibly rewarding career. Montessori teachers often describe teaching as something they love doing and which they’re passionate about.
4) It’s Different Than Public School
Teachers, parents, and concerned citizens who aren’t happy with the direction public schools are taking often find a compelling alternative in Montessori. Montessori education moves at the student’s pace and focuses on cultivating a love of learning as well as teaching practical life skills.
Instead of lecturing a predetermined lesson at a set rate, Montessori teachers guide each student at their own pace to deliver a personalized learning experience. Instead of focusing on memorization and test taking, Montessori offers opportunities to actively explore and learn. There’s more room for adapting to each student’s needs so you can help each child learn in a way that works best for them.
5) You Can Get Certified Anywhere
If you have the qualifications needed to become a Montessori teacher, it’s pretty easy to get certified. There are accredited Montessori centers throughout the United States and in other countries as well. In many cases, you can also complete part of the training online. The following associations provide lists of recommended/approved training centers:
- Association Montessori International
- American Montessori Society
- International Montessori Council
- Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education
Once you’ve been certified, Holistic Montessori Solutions can help you find a job and provide continuing education. Get in touch with us to learn more.