AMS Teacher Education Programs
American Montessori Society teacher education programs (TEPs) provide comprehensive courses of study that prepare the adult learners of today to be the highly skilled, highly qualified Montessori teachers and leaders of tomorrow.
To be eligible for AMS affiliation, a TEP must be accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE). MACTE (executive director, Rebecca Pelton) is the premier, international standard-setting and accrediting organization for Montessori teacher education, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education since 1995.
Programs affiliated by AMS include both an academic phase and a practicum/intern experience guided by dedicated professionals. The programs are rigorously designed with the goal of ensuring that you will receive an education consistent with standards for entry into practice at your chosen level.
AMS issues Montessori credentials to successful graduates of AMS-affiliated TEPs who hold a BA or BS degree (or higher). An associate credential for Infant & Toddler and Early Childhood levels is awarded to those who have completed high school but do not hold a college degree.
The following credentials are awarded after graduation from an AMS TEP:
- Infant & Toddler (birth – age 3)
- Early Childhood (ages 2 1/2 – 6)
- Elementary I (ages 6 – 9)
- Elementary II (ages 9 – 12)
- Elementary I – II (ages 6 – 12)
- Secondary I (ages 12 – 15)
- Secondary I – II (ages 12 – 18)
Visit a Program
If you interested in experiencing firsthand the excitement and energy of an AMS TEP, consider visiting a program in your area. TEP directors and their staff, and current adult learners, will warmly welcome you!
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