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 TeachingBeing 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 EducationMost 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 CertificationBefore 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:
- Association Montessori International
- American Montessori Society
- International Montessori Council
- Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education