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There’s never been a better time to pursue certification for teaching in a Montessori environment. Soon, there will be a huge Montessori teacher shortage. Lots of schools are opening up, but the number of teachers getting certified isn’t high enough to staff them all. This creates a golden opportunity for those who’ve been thinking about getting into Montessori education as a certified teacher.

Interest In Non-Traditional Teaching

Being a Montessori teacher isn’t the same as teaching in a traditional school system. You’ll be teaching multi-age classrooms, supporting your students’ independent learning, and playing a facilitator role. Montessori education is more about letting students discover, learn, and explore than about sitting students down and teaching them all the same lessons. You can get the education required to be a Montessori teacher. But an interest in and commitment to Montessori philosophy is also a key quality and it’s not something that comes with a certificate. People don’t choose this career to get rich. They do it because they believe in Montessori’s educational philosophy and have a passion for helping children learn.

A Good Education

Most Montessori teacher training programs require applicants to have a four-year college degree. The degree doesn’t have to be in education, though. Many Montessori teachers come from a non-educational background. Some U.S. states require all teachers, even in independent/nonpublic schools, to hold a state teaching credential. You’ll have to check with the State Department of Education or contact local schools to find out what the requirements are where you want to teach. The same holds true for international teachers. Be sure to check local laws before you start making your educational plans.

Montessori Certification

Before teaching at a Montessori school, you’ll need to complete training at an accredited Montessori center. These associations provide lists of recommended/approved training centers: At a Montessori training center, you’ll choose between different areas of certification based on age ranges. These typically include Infant & Toddler (0 – 3 years), Early Childhood (2.5 – 6 years), Elementary I (6 – 9 years), Elementary II (9 – 12 years), and Secondary Levels (ages 12-15 and ages 15-18).

Work At A Montessori School

Once you have all your qualifications in place, you just need to find a job. Qualified Montessori teachers are in high demand, but we can help if you’re still looking for the perfect position. Because Holistic Montessori Solutions helps schools fill staff vacancies, we can also help you find a place to teach. If you’re a Montessori teacher seeking employment, submit your resume to us for consideration and placement. And once you’re settled into your teaching position, keep in mind that we also offer teacher workshops to help you fulfill continuing education requirements.  

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