Montessori Teachers College is pleased to provide answers to some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) as below. If your questions are not answered on these pages, or you simply wish to speak with a Representative, then you can contact us at 416-640-1565 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the difference between Montessori education and other methods of education?
Dr. Maria Montessori developed this educational approach based on her understanding of children’s natural learning tendencies. The Montessori environment contains specially designed, manipulative materials that invite children to engage in learning activities of their own individual choice. Under the guidance of a teacher, children in a Montessori classroom learn by making discoveries with the materials, cultivating concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning. For more information, see About Montessori and follow some of the links in Other Resources. They include a wealth of information on the Montessori method of education.
MACTE – Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education
MACTE is the premier, internationally recognized, standard-setting and accrediting body for Montessori teacher education. MACTE accredits Montessori teacher education programs designed for age levels: Infant and Toddler (0-3), Early Childhood (3-6), Elementary Part 1(6-9), Elementary Part 2 (9-12), and Secondary (12-18).
An accredited program is one that meets the MACTE standards of excellence, demonstrates financial stability, offers a comprehensive curriculum, hires competent and credentialed faculty, and has an array of services that respond to students needs.
An institution or program that decides to apply for accreditation does a comprehensive, in-depth study of the quality of its programs, including its administrative practices, finances, curriculum, adult learner services, faculty competence, and relationship with employers. Initial accreditation is issued for a maximum of 4 years. Programs must periodically demonstrate to themselves and the MACTE Commission that they continue to meet the standards by submitting annual reports and engaging in the same rigorous self-study process at least every 7 years.
For more information on MACTE, you can visit their website at www.macte.org
What is the value of MACTE accreditation?
Adult learners completing a MACTE-accredited program are assured of the broadest possible opportunity for acceptance of their Montessori credentials throughout Canada and the world.
Are Montessori Teachers College Courses MACTE-accredited?
Yes. Our Montessori Infant Toddler and Early Childhood courses are MACTE accredited. MACTE require accredited courses to have at least 200 contact hours.
Course Locations and Days and Hours
Where are the courses held?
In Toronto, all our courses are held at Bannockburn School, 12, Bannockburn Avenue, North York.
Can I get there by public transport?
Yes. Take the Yonge Subway to Eglinton Station then board the Avenue Rd. Bus #61 to Brooke Ave. Walk west one block to Kelso, turn right and follow Kelso to Bannockburn School, which is at the intersection of Haddington St. and Kelso.
Is there parking?
Yes, there is free parking at Bannockburn School.
What hours do the courses run?
The Infant Toddler and Early Childhood Diploma Courses start at 8:00 am and end at 3.30 pm with a 30 minute lunch break.
For the dates the courses are running this year see ‘ Course Calendar ‘ Courses Offered .
Punctuality is important. A call is appreciated if you are going to be late. If you are unable to attend class for any reason, please call the office in advance.
How long is the Course and what is its structure?
The Montessori Toddler and E.C. Assistants’ Course is an introduction to the Montessori philosophy and materials. It is 52 hours and runs 8 days from 8:30 am to 3.30 pm. An experienced Montessori Teacher teaches the course. For more information see ‘ Course Calendar ‘ Course Descriptions.
The Montessori Infant Toddler Diploma Course and The Montessori Early Childhood Diploma course runs 1 full academic year (September to June). It is held on Saturdays. The course also has an internship portion. The internship involves being placed in a Montessori Classroom with a qualified Montessori Teacher supervising for a minimum of 495 hours. For more information on the content of the course see Course Calendar ‘ Course Descriptions.
How is coursework evaluated?
The Montessori Assistants’ Course is evaluated through continuous assessment and dialogue with the instructor, and one formal assessment.
The Montessori Toddler and Early Childhood Diploma Course involve significant coursework. Each assignment is evaluated and assessed using criteria published in the Adult Learner Handbook. The coursework makes up 25% of the final grade for the course. The remaining 75% is made up of the oral examination mark (25%), the written examination mark (25%) and the internship mark (25%).
Are there Examinations?
There are no examinations for the Montessori Assistants’ Course.
The Montessori Infant Toddler and Early Childhood Diploma Courses have both a written and an oral exam. Each exam is worth 25% of the final grade.
On successful completion of this course will I receive a diploma?
On completion of the Montessori Assistants’ Course, you will receive a Montessori Teachers College certificate.
On successful completion of the Montessori Infant Toddler and Early Childhood Diploma Courses, you will receive a Montessori Teachers College Diploma.
What constitutes “successful completion” of the course?
Successful completion of the course means full attendance at classes and a minimum passing grade of 55% in each component of the course.
Internship (applicable to Montessori Infant Toddler and Early Childhood Diploma Courses only)
Who supervises me through my internship?
During your internship, you will have an assigned field supervisor. This is an MTC instructor who will evaluate you and guide you through your internship. In addition, you will work under the supervision and tutelage of an experienced Montessori Teacher. This teacher will supervise you day-to-day and provide input to your field supervisor.
How is the internship evaluated?
Your field supervisor will make 3 visits to observe you during your internship. Each visit will include an evaluation with additional input from your supervising teacher and yourself. These 3 marks plus an essay and completion of a reflective journal will make up your final internship mark which accounts for 25% of your final mark for the course.
Will I be paid for my internship?
Normally, the internship is not a paid position. Some adult learners can work out arrangements with the school to do paid lunchtime supervision or before/after school care. This is an arrangement between the MTC adult learner and the individual school.
Do I have to work full days and 5 days/week or can the internship schedule be flexible? How many hours are required to complete the internship program?
Most schools are flexible in setting up internship arrangements. In order to complete the internship program, you must have at least 495 hours of internship time.
How long is permitted for completion of the internship program? Can my internship be completed after I graduate?
Yes, you can complete your internship program in the academic year following the year you take the course. However, you do not graduate from the course until your internship is completed.
Can I pick the school where I do my internship or does MTC find it for me?
MTC provides accredited internship sites. We will do everything possible to accommodate your requirements. If you have a school in mind, we will consider it. However, it must meet our criteria.
I am currently an assistant in a Montessori classroom. Can I do my internship while I am working as an assistant?
Yes, you may do your internship while working as an assistant as long as your school also agrees with the arrangement and provided your supervising teacher and school meet our requirements.
Application and Eligibility
How do I apply?
Can I apply without all necessary papers?
If you do not have all your papers in order, please contact us. We are very interested in interviewing eligible candidates even if some of your paperwork is delayed.
Should I apply if I do not hold a university degree?
For the Montessori Infant Toddler and Early Childhood Diploma courses, a degree is preferred. However, we will consider applicants with no university degree. Strong emphasis is placed on the interview and other qualifications of the individual.
There is open entry for the Montessori Assistants’ Course, i.e. no degree is required.
What are the course fees?
See Course Calendar > Tuition and Fees
What kind of financial assistance options are available?
Montessori Teachers College is not listed with OSAP. However, banks offer loans to adult learners and we have had adult learners successfully make use of this service in the past. Also, we can offer a payment schedule if necessary, to assist students who need it. In addition, EI (Employment Insurance) often will assist adult learners.
What are the job opportunities upon graduation from this course?
There are a large number of Montessori schools throughout Canada who all need qualified Montessori Teachers at both the Toddler, Early Childhood and Elementary levels (see CCMA website – www.ccma.ca). Many schools in the Toronto area contact us to make us aware of job openings for the subsequent year. Montessori Teachers College passes all of these job postings on to our adult learners. In addition, Montessori is an internationally recognized system of education.
You may be interested in becoming the Administrator of a Montessori school. The requirements for this role vary from school to school but usually require some amount of academic and/or business experience. Or, you may be interested in starting your own Montessori school. Again, there are no specific requirements for this, but you must get approval from the Ministry of Education to open your own school.
After 5 years of teaching, you are also eligible to apply to train as a trainer of Montessori teachers. Montessori Teachers College offers a Trainer of Trainers course.