How to become a Montessori teacher
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- working towards this role
You could do a foundation degree or degree in any subject and then train as a Montessori teacher.
You could also study a diploma, foundation degree or degree in Montessori early childhood practice. This would include theory and practical work-based placements.
Courses can be flexible and offer a mix of classroom-based and online study.
You'll usually need:
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You can train as a Montessori classroom assistant then move on to a teacher training course. You'll need to study for a Montessori qualification with a recognised training provider.
To get into this job you'll need a good general standard of education, with passes in English and maths.
Some employers may prefer you to have a level 3 qualification in early years.
You'll find it useful to get as much work experience with children as possible. It will help you get a better understanding of the career, and you'll make contacts who could help when looking for work.
Many people start Montessori training after working in other careers, not related to working with children or in education.
You can find out more about Montessori careers from the Maria Montessori Institute and Montessori Society AMI UK.
You can explore different types of courses and ways to train through the Montessori Group.