Early Childhood Montessori Diploma Program

Early Childhood Montessori Diploma Program

To guide children aged 3 to 6 years

The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.”    – Dr. Maria Montessori

The Early Childhood Montessori Diploma Program has designated intake start dates annually in January, May and September.

Next Program Start Date: September 3, 2024

End Date: June 1, 2025

Part-time: 10 month program (approx.)

Virtual Lectures:
Weekly on Tuesday evenings:
– 6:00PM to 8:00PM (MST)
– 8:00PM to 10:00PM (EST)


– Toronto: 8525 Torbram Rd, Brampton, ON L6T 5K4
– Calgary: 4963 Front Street SE, Calgary, AB, T3M 2M3


Program Overview

The Montessori philosophy, which is at the heart of this program, is offered within the framework of contemporary child development for children between the ages of 3 to 6 years.

This MACTE accredited Early Childhood Montessori Diploma Program will prepare you with the necessary resources, skills, knowledge and practical hands-on experience to pursue a career as a caring and qualified Early Childhood teacher who effectively guides children in a Montessori classroom/environment.

Our highly qualified faculty, advanced curriculum, and blended (online and in-person) approach offers unparalleled learning opportunities for our adult learners. Graduates from our programs become problem solvers, innovators and resourceful Montessori educational guides for children.

Our blended program is comprised of the following mandatory components:

  • Asynchronous Learning: Approximately 10-15 hours per week on your own schedule
  • Synchronous Learning: Live virtual evening lectures (once a week, 2 hours in length)
  • Practicum Internship: 360 hours in a Montessori classroom (3-6 years of age)
  • Pure and Formal Observation: 40 hours
  • Practical Review: 17 in-person days at our campus

Program Courses

  • MEC501 Practical Life & Foundational Theory
  • MEC502 Sensorial & Basic Theory
  • MEC503 Arithmetic & Intermediate Theory
  • MEC504 Language & Advanced Theory
  • MEC505 Culture & Theory Integration
  • MEC530 Early Childhood Practicum
  • MEC531 Early Childhood Practical Review


“The instructors are all kind and approachable, plus the knowledge they pass on is practical and supported by their years of working in a Montessori classroom. I would highly recommend the MTC Early Childhood course to any prospective Montessori Educator.”

Heather D. 

Practical Review

The In-Person Practical Review Days provide an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with Montessori materials and to learn from experienced instructors regarding the fundamentals of giving strong and meaningful presentations to a child. 

In-Person Practical Review Days will take place on the tentatively scheduled Saturdays or Sundays outlined below at our Toronto and/or Calgary campuses from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (EST and MST).

Toronto: 8525 Torbram Rd, Brampton, ON L6T 5K4
Calgary: 4963 Front Street SE, Calgary, AB, T3M 2M3

Sunday, September 29, 2024 Saturday, October 5, 2024 Sunday, October 27, 2024
Saturday, November 9, 2024 Sunday, December 15, 2024 Sunday, January 12, 2025
Saturday, February 1, 2025 Sunday, February 16, 2025 Saturday, March 8, 2025
Sunday, April 6, 2025 Sunday, April 13, 2025 Saturday, May 3, 2025
Saturday, May 10, 2025 Sunday, June 8, 2025 Sunday, June 29, 2025
Saturday, July 6, 2025 Saturday, July 13, 2025  

Note: Dates and locations are subject to change.

Pure and Formal Observation

Learners must complete the Observation component, which includes 40 hours of Observation. These observation hours are required to complete Observation Reports that are due at various times throughout the program. Observation Report #1 is due in MEC501. Please note that learners cannot progress in the course without submitting observation reports in a timely manner.

If employed at a school, learners must make the appropriate arrangements to complete these hours within the due dates. While completing observation hours, the learner cannot be counted in ratio and must silently observe the room.

If learners are not currently employed at a school, arrangements must be made immediately. Learners are asked to please consult with their student handbook for guidelines on how to make these arrangements.

Practicum Internship

Learners must complete 360 hours in an approved Montessori classroom with children between the ages of 3-6. The practicum site must meet the College’s requirements:

  • The site must conduct an authentic Montessori program
  • The site must have a prepared environment that contains the Montessori materials for the appropriate age level
  • The site must maintain an uninterrupted work cycle that is age appropriate
  • The site must maintain multi-age groupings to support social development
  • The site must provide the college opportunity to complete 3-6 virtual field visits

A list of Montessori materials is available here.

During the completion of practicum hours, learners are expected to observe, assist and participate in all aspects of the children’s development and growth in their assigned classroom. 

Please note that some programs cannot be counted towards the Practicum, including but not limited to: before/after school programs, camps, recess, lunch coverage, breaks, or hours completed outside of the appropriate age level. Hours must be logged on a consistent schedule in a minimum of 2 hour work cycle increments.

Admission and Fees

Admission Requirements

Applicants must:

Be 18 years of age or older

Submit a current resume

Have completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or equivalent), College Diploma or University Degree 

Pass the English Language Assessment

Submit Photo Identification

Admission Process

The admission process is as follows:

Step 1: Submit the Application Form

Step 2: Upload required supporting documents here within 24 hours of your application submission

Step 3: Montessori Teachers College will contact you to set up a virtual interview which involves an oral language assessment

Step 4: Upon a successful interview and review of your submitted documents, Montessori Teachers College will require the completion of a written language assessment which will be sent to you by email

Step 5: Upon successful completion of the written language assessment, Montessori Teachers College will email you the Acceptance Letter

Program Fees

Application Fee: Waived

Registration Fee: $500.00 (due upon acceptance – non refundable)

Early Childhood Montessori Diploma Tuition: $6,285.00 (in addition to the initial non refundable $500.00 deposit)

Payment Options:

Option #1: 
10 monthly instalments of $628.00 (1st of every month, not including initial non refundable $500.00 deposit)

Option #2: 
Lump Sum of $6,785.00 upon acceptance (includes non refundable $500.00 deposit and $6,285.00 tuition) 

Please note: We are happy to discuss alternative payment schedules. Please contact [email protected] to inquire.

Program Aims and Objectives

  • To have a deeper understanding of the Montessori philosophy and methodology
  • To love and respect each individual child’s spirit and purpose
  • To apply your experience, skills and knowledge in an Early Childhood classroom
  • To apply your knowledge and skills with your own child(ren)
  • To be a professional, caring Montessori teacher (guide/directress/facilitator) in any Early Childhood class around the world

Career Opportunities

After completing your Early Childhood Montessori Diploma Program, you can apply to the following positions:

  • Early Childhood or Casa Montessori Teacher, Early Childcare Teacher, Primary classroom teacher, Early years administrator, Casa Montessori co-teacher / assistant
  • Ability to open your own Early Childhood home school
  • School Administrator

Montessori Teachers College does not guarantee admission or successful completion of the diploma program offered.

Montessori Teachers College does not guarantee employment to those who successfully complete the diploma program.

Admission to the diploma program does not guarantee the adult learner the right to enter Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) or to receive a visa or other document required under that Act.