Thinking about becoming a Montessori teacher?
If you are interested in developing learners' 21st century skills for the present and future, then keep on reading!
What Do Montessori Teachers Do?
At the heart of teaching is care. Montessori teachers:
Inspire, motivate, guide, and connect students to ideas in authentic contexts
Keep students engaged by following their lead in activities
Direct students' thinking and curiosity
Allow students to learn from their own discoveries
What kind of learning does Montessori Teaching foster?
What Qualifications Do You Need?
You will need a Montessori Teaching Diploma from an accredited AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) Institute. This diploma is recognized worldwide, with two paths to accreditation:
If you already have a Bachelor's degree you'll study for the diploma over one or two years
Without a Bachelor's degree you'll study for the Foundation Degree in Montessori Pedagogy (AMI for children aged 3-6) for one to two years, which includes the AMI Diploma
Where Can I Work With A Montessori Diploma?
Aside from teaching in Pre-K and elementary schools, you can work locally or internationally in:
Child development research
Special needs support
Humanitarian education initiatives
You'll Love It If...
You’re passionate about students taking charge of their own learning rather than just giving them facts
You’re driven to help kids learn at their own pace and in their own way
You're collaborative and believe in fostering positive relationships with students, colleagues, and parents
It May Be Challenging Because...
You always have to be “on”: teaching always involves after-hours work, such as lesson planning, grading papers, responding to parent emails, and attending meetings… the list goes on!
You may lack basic classroom materials
You may have have large class sizes
But Will It Pay The Bills?
In Canada, he average salary for a Montessori teacher is 40,000 CAD.
In the U.S.A., the average salary for a Montessori teacher is 39,000 USD.
Does it sound like Montessori teaching could be a good fit for you?
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