Upper Elementary Montessori Diploma Program

Upper Elementary Montessori Diploma Program

To guide children aged 9 to 12 years (Grade 4 to 6)

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

The Upper Elementary Montessori Diploma Program has designated intake start dates annually in January and September.

Next Program Start Date: September 4th, 2024

End Date: June 28th, 2025

Part-time: 12 month program (approx.)

Thursday, September 4th, 2024:
– 6:00PM to 8:00PM (MST)
– 8:00PM to 10:00PM (EST)

Virtual Lectures:
Weekly on Thursday  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 Upper Elementary Montessori Diploma Program prepares the aspiring teacher to work with children from
9 to 12 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 philosophy.

This MACTE accredited Upper 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:

  • Asynchronous Learning: Approximately 10-15 hours on your own schedule
  • Synchronous Learning: Live virtual evening lectures (once a week, 2 hours in length)
  • Practicum Internship: 470 hours in a Montessori classroom (9-12 years of age)
  • Pure and Formal Observation: 30 hours
  • Practical Review: 17 in-person days at our campus

Program Courses

  • MEL701 Language & Foundational Theory
  • MEL702 Geometry & Basic Theory
  • MEL703 Science & Intermediate Theory I
  • MEL704 Mathematics & Intermediate Theory II
  • MEL705 History & Intermediate Theory III
  • MEL706 Geography & Theory Integration
  • MEL730 Upper Elementary Practicum
  • MEL731 Upper Elementary Practical Review


I will always recommend M.T.C as it offers the best possible Montessori programs. I love the extra care taken in providing the adult learners with the tools to be the best Montessori teacher they can be

– Elaine H.

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 campus from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Toronto: 8525 Torbram Rd, Brampton, ON L6T 5K4

Sunday, September 22, 2024 Saturday, October 5, 2024 Saturday, October 26, 2024
Saturday, November 9, 2024 Saturday, November 23, 2024 Sunday, December 8, 2024
Saturday, December 21, 2024 Saturday, January 26, 2025 Saturday, February 8, 2025
Sunday, February 23, 2025 Saturday, March 22, 2025 Saturday, April 12, 2025
Saturday, April 26, 2025 Saturday, May 10, 2025 Saturday, May 24, 2025
Saturday, June 7, 2025 Saturday, June 28, 2025  

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

Pure and Formal Observation

Learners must complete the Observation component, which includes 30 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 MEL701

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 470 hours in an approved Montessori classroom. Of these hours, a minimum of 20 hours must be completed in a Lower Elementary classroom with children between the ages of 6 to 9* and a minimum of 450 hours must be completed in an Upper Elementary classroom with children between the ages of 9 to 12. The practicum site(s) 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 program hours 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.

* Those who have completed a MACTE- or AMI-accredited Lower Elementary Montessori Diploma program must complete all 470 hours in an Upper Elementary Montessori classroom with children between the ages of 9 to 12.

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)

Upper Elementary Montessori Diploma Tuition: $6,650.00 (in addition to the initial non refundable $500.00 deposit)

Payment Options:

Option #1: 
10 monthly instalments of $665.00 (1st of every month, not including initial non refundable $500.00 deposit)

Option #2: 
Lump Sum of $7,150.00 upon acceptance (includes non refundable $500.00 deposit and $6,650.00 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 and its application to the elementary child 9 to 12 years of age
  • To gain experience, knowledge and skills in an Upper Elementary Montessori classroom
  • To be an Upper Elementary Montessori Teacher in any Montessori Elementary environment around the world

Career Opportunities

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

  • Upper 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.