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Montessori Teacher Education Program


Montessori Teacher Education Program provides students with the knowledge, skills and state requirements to teach in a Montessori early childhood setting. Accredited by both American Montessori Society (AMS) and the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE), it is the only Montessori Teacher Education program in Orange County that provides early childhood education units from the University of California, Irvine, and is accepted by the State of California Community Care Licensing for all early childhood programs.

Program Benefits

  • Learn from highly qualified instructors with many years of real Montessori experience and advanced degrees.
  • Enjoy limited class sizes that allow for beneficial instructor/student mentoring.
  • Earn a prestigious certificate from the American Montessori Society and UCI Division of Continuing Education credits.
  • Participate in a hands-on practicum, applying new knowledge immediately and returning to class for support.
  • Foster positive relations with families as well as young children.
  • Receive exceptional preparation in Montessori techniques and curriculum design to foster individualized learning in young children
  • Acquire in-depth training in teacher presentation skills and extension of conceptual content of materials in Montessori curriculum areas of practical life, sensorial, math, language and cultural studies
  • Use technology to foster and implement professional aspects of teacher resources and classroom documentation.
  • Combine observation and documentation techniques through professional portfolio design for students and individual children.

Who Should Enroll

This ten month program – which begins every fall and concludes in spring – is designed for those seeking to teach in a Montessori or early childhood education setting or adults who wish to know more about Montessori education.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.
Cheryll Ruszat, program coordinator and executive director of the Montessori Schools of Irvine, discussing the Montessori Teacher Education Program.

Accredited by MACTE and Affiliated with AMS: Requiring the Highest Standards

“MACTE is the international standard setting and accrediting body for Montessori teacher education. MACTE was granted initial recognition by the U.S. Department of Education in 1995, and this recognition extends through the year 2013. The Secretary of Education is required by law to publish a list of nationally recognized accrediting agencies that the Secretary determines to be reliable authorities as to the quality of education or training provided by the institutions of higher education and higher education programs.” For more information visit

AMS (American Montessori Society) Teacher Education Programs are required to fulfill not only MACTE requirements but additional AMS standards as well. AMS programs offer authentic, research-based, professional preparation for Montessori teachers at every level. For more information visit This program is designed to ensure your ability to become a teacher with outstanding skills in all areas of Montessori teaching.