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Early Childhood Education Course: MACTE-accredited EC

Montessori Institute for Teacher Education

Application (PDF)

The Montessori Institute for Teacher Education at Spring Valley offers an excellent Early Childhood Teacher Education course starting in September. This course is rigorous and takes one Academic year to complete. All Montessori Academy teachers have gone through our courses, as have a large percentage of Montessori teachers in Washington state.

Both of our Teacher Education courses are MACTE-Accredited. MACTE stands for: Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education. MACTE is the ONLY Montessori Accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Montessori Course I: Early Childhood (ages 2½ - 6)
Next course starts:
September 2018 through June 2019
Tuesdays 2:30pm - 9:00pm

See Also:
Overview of (MITESV)

Program Objective

The purpose of the course is to acquaint and instruct teachers, parents and student teachers in the Montessori Method of early childhood education. The course will provide insight into the theory behind the method, teach the use of special materials uniquely Montessori, supply ideas and skills that can be translated into action immediately in both the home and the classroom, and demonstrate the technique for making one's own materials in the manner of Montessori. The course directs itself primarily to the teaching of children 2½ through 6 years of age, though the skills and philosophy can be applied to older children as well.

The Montessori Institute for Teacher Education at Spring Valley is accredited by the
MACTE (Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education).

MACTE is the ONLY Montessori Accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

For full list of Credentials, see: Montessori Institute for Teacher Education Overview

Schedule & Location

Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 9:00 p.m., beginning in September and concluding in June at the Montessori Institute for Teacher Education at Spring Valley Campus (which is shared with our Toddler - 8th grade school: Montessori Academy at Spring Valley).


Practicum of minimum 4 hrs/day, minimum 700 hrs/year, may start after the summer reading assignments, but may not precede ECE course.


Madeleine J. Justus was the founder of:

  • Montessori Academy at Spring Valley
  • Montessori Institute for Teacher Education at Spring Valley

She was a graduate of the University of Cluj, Romania. She studied the Montessori Method in Romania, Vienna, and London. She taught teachers, lectured and conducted classes in the Montessori Method of Education starting in 1951.


Gulsevin Kayihan is a graduate of the University of Bosphorus. She has both the ECE and the Elementary Montessori I-II diplomas with over 30 years of experience. She is the Academic Director at Montessori Academy at Spring Valley and has been with the Montessori Institute for Teacher Education at Spring Valley since 1984.

Laura Possinger is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University. She has both ECE and Elementary I-II diplomas. She has been with the Teacher Education Program since 2005.

Mary Lowry is a graduate of Cardinal Newman College. She has both the Montessori Early Childhood and Elementary I - II Diplomas. She has over 30 years of experience.

The Program Includes the Following:

1. An introduction to the background, philosophy and psychology of the Montessori Method of Education, including the study of:

A. The principles of child development;

B. The prepared environment;

C. The role of the Montessori teacher;

D. Class management and discipline.

2. Demonstrations on the following:

A. The presentation and use of the Montessori sensorial teaching materials.

B. Exercises of practical life which provide the foundation for later intellectual work.

C. Use and preparation of materials in the Language, Math, Sciences, Cultural Studies.

3. Supervised individual practice in the proper use of materials.

4. Construction of notebooks to serve as future reference.

5. Classes to familiarize the students with the teaching of Language, Mathematics, Nature study, General science, History and Geography for the young child.

6. Construction of teaching materials for use in the classroom according to the Montessori principles in areas of Language, Grammar, Mathematics, Botany, Zoology, General Science, History, Geography.

7. Classes in Music, Art and Handwork.

8. Critical appraisal of the Method.

Entrance Requirements & Admission

Prospective students must visit the school and meet with the academic director. Resume, transcripts, letter of interest, 2 letters of recommendation and the application fee must be submitted with the Application.

You must have one of the following:

  • High School Diploma + exceptional background.
    You will earn a diploma to work with 2½ - 5 year-olds.
  • B.A., B.S. or Junior standing in college with intention to finish studies.
    You will earn a diploma to work with 2½ - 6 year-olds.

Application (PDF)

Requirements for Diploma

Diplomas will be awarded to students upon satisfactory completion of the following:

  1. Reports on books and other assigned reading.
  2. Presentable and functional manuals with class notes and illustrations to serve as future reference.
  3. Well-prepared sample materials as indicated in the requirements.
  4. Skill in use and understanding of teaching apparatus.
  5. Quarterly written and practical examinations.
  6. Individual research projects.
  7. Minimum 90% class attendance and participation.
  8. Practicum and student teaching at an approved Montessori School, 4 hours a day for one school year or 700 hours minimum.

Leaves and Absences

Students are expected to attend all class sessions for the entire period scheduled. If a student is absent because of extenuating circumstances, it is the student's responsibility to arrange, with the instructor, to make up missed work or test. Absence from class for any reason does not excuse the student from completing all work assignments. A student who misses more than 10% of class time will attend missed portion the following year.

Payment Schedule

Tuition: Paid either as one lump sum, quarterly, or monthly.

  • $ 6,500 paid as one lump sum at the beginning of the course (1 payment)
  • $ 2,270 paid quarterly (3 payments. Paid the first of September, December, and March)
  • $ 760 paid monthly (9 payments. Paid the first of each month.)

Registration Fee: $275* (must accompany application)
*$225 if received with application before June 10th.

It is understood that the installment payment plan (Quarterly or Monthly) is for the convenience of the student and that he or she is obligated to pay the full tuition even if he or she fails to complete the course except as stated in the Cancellation and Refund Policy. Inquire about different payment plans.

Financial Aid is not offered.

Advantages of an Academic Year Program

  • Learning progresses through a regular 10-month Academic Year (September -- end of June).
  • Students may do internship during the same or the following year.
  • Students have time to assimilate the information/knowledge presented weekly.
  • Students can immediately apply what they learn in the Course to their own classroom.
    (Studies show that immediate implementation of a new skill reinforces it.)
  • Students prepare materials that become teaching tools applicable in their classroom.
  • Summer break gives plenty of time for students to prepare more materials and be ready for the new school year.


* Washington State Certified teachers may take any of the Fall, Winter, or Spring Terms of the Course separately for Continuing Education credit requirements. In that case, the tuition for each term is $2,270.

Montessori Institute for Teacher Education at Spring Valley is nondiscriminatory in its admittance policy and welcomes students of any gender, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities.

Employment Assistance - Montessori Institute for Teacher Education at Spring Valley receives many inquiries about teaching, teaching assistant, and internship positions. These notices are posted in the classroom. Recommendations about the training students are offered, but Montessori Institute for Teacher Education at Spring Valley does not guarantee employment or placement.

This School is licensed under Chapter 28C.10 RCW; inquiries or complaints regarding this or any other private vocational school may be made to the:

Washington Workforce Training and
Education Coordinating Board
128 - 10th Ave SW,
Olympia, WA 98504-3105
(360) 709-4600


Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education
(434) 202-7793