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Become a Montessori Teacher or Administrator

Are you starting down the path toward a new career or considering a career change? If taking part in an educational approach that helps children to reach their full potential in all areas of life—cognitive, social, emotional, and physical—appeals to you, consider Montessori teaching.

Appropriately prepared teachers are the foundation of Montessori education. AMS offers nearly 100 affiliated programs, providing education for prospective teachers of children and youth birth through age 18, as well as for Montessori administrators.

With thousands of Montessori schools located on 6 continents worldwide, opportunities for Montessori educators abound!

To read information specific to how you can advance your career by attending an AMS-affiliated program, visit our Why Enroll in an AMS-Affiliated Teacher Education Program webpage and our  AMS-Affiliated Teacher Education Programs webpage.

Teacher Education Scholarships for 2018 – 2019

Every year, the American Montessori Society awards competitive scholarships to aspiring Montessori teachers who attend AMS-affiliated teacher education programs. To learn how AMS can support your Montessori teacher education, visit AMS Teacher Education Scholarships.

Scholarship applications for the 2018 – 2019 academic year will be made available in January 2018, with an application deadline of May 1, 2018


The Montessori teacher functions as a role model, demonstrator, record keeper, and meticulous observer of each child’s behavior and growth. Like her students, she is an active and curious learner. A delight in continual inquiry and growth and a respect for each child’s unique learning styles and interests are among her key qualities.

It is the Montessori teacher who prepares the active, developmentally appropriate learning environment, furnished with specially designed materials, where students explore, discover, and experience the joy of learning.


If leadership is your passion, perhaps becoming a Montessori administrator is in your future. Heads of schools, principals, and program directors are the individuals who provide the essential guidance and oversight to create and maintain a vibrant, harmonious school community. These individuals work with students, staff, and families to create a school that is in accordance with the philosophy and best practices of Montessori education.


AMS awards credentials to teach children in any of the following age levels: birth through 3, 2.5 – 6, 6 – 12, and 12 – 18. AMS also awards an administrator credential.

To be eligible to earn a full Montessori credential at an AMS-affiliated teacher education program, you must hold a BA or BS degree (or higher). If you have completed high school but do not hold a college degree, you are eligible to earn an associate credential at the Infant & Toddler and Early Childhood levels.


Why Enroll in an AMS-Affiliated Teacher Education Program

Are you thinking about becoming a Montessori teacher or administrator? Consider enrolling in an AMS-affiliated program: the credential you earn will identify you as a professional educator, dedicated to working collaboratively with all members of the school community.

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