Lower Elementary Montessori Diploma Program

Lower Elementary Montessori Diploma Program

To guide children aged 6 to 9 years (Grade 1 to 3)

It is through work alone that a child develops” – Dr. Maria Montessori

Part-time: 12 month program (approx.)

Start Date: January 16, 2024

End Date: December 17, 2024

Wed, Jan 10, 2024:
– 6:00PM to 8:00PM (MST)
– 8:00PM to 10:00PM (EST)

Virtual Lectures:
Weekly on Tues 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 Lower Elementary Montessori Diploma Program prepares the aspiring teacher to work with children
from 6 to 9 years of age in a Montessori Elementary environment. This program is based on the
fundamental Montessori philosophy and methodology and will provide detailed knowledge of
contemporary approaches to Elementary child development within the framework of the Montessori

This MACTE accredited Lower Elementary Montessori Diploma Program is geared towards
adult learners who are working or plan to work full-time as certified Elementary Montessori Teachers. 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:

  • Online Learning (approx. 10-15 hours per week on your own schedule)
  • Weekly live virtual evening lectures (2 hours per week) (see program schedule)
  • 450 practicum internship hours in a Montessori classroom (6-9 years of age)
  • 30 observation hours (pure and formal observation)
  • 17 in-person practical review days at our campus (see program schedule)

Program Courses

  • Language & Foundational Theory
  • Geometry & Basic Theory
  • Biology & Intermediate Theory I
  • Arithmetic & Intermediate Theory II
  • History & Intermediate Theory III
  • Geography & Theory Integration
  • Lower Elementary Practicum
  • Lower Elementary Practical Review


In-Person Practical Review Days

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 – 5:30 PM (EST).

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

January 28, 2024 February 11, 2024 March 3, 2024
March 17, 2024 April 13, 2024 April 21, 2024
May 5, 2024 May 26, 2024 June 9, 2024
June 23, 2024 September 8, 2024 September 29, 2024
October 20, 2024 November 3, 2024 November 17, 2024
December 1, 2024 December 15, 2024  

Next Intake: May 2024
Note: All posted dates and locations are tentative and subject to change at the discretion of the College

Admission and Fees

Admission Requirements

Applicants must:

Be at least 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 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)

Infant Toddler Montessori Diploma Tuition: $5,650.00 (in addition to the initial non refundable $500.00 deposit)

Payment Options:

Option #1: 
10 monthly instalments of $565.00 (1st of every month, not including initial non refundable $500.00 deposit)

Option #2: 
Lump Sum of $6,150.00 upon acceptance (includes non refundable $500.00 deposit and $5,650.00 tuition) 

Please note: We are happy to discuss alternative payment schedules. Please contact registrar@mtcedu.com 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 Elementary Montessori classroom
  • To apply your knowledge and skills with your own child(ren)
  • To be a Montessori Elementary Guide in any Elementary classroom around the world

Career Opportunities

After completing your Lower Elementary Montessori Diploma Program, you can apply to the following positions:

  • Lower Elementary Montessori Teacher
  • Elementary Montessori Teacher

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.