Montessori Teacher Education Center
The Montessori Method of education was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori (1870 – 1953) at the turn of the twentieth century in Italy. Dr. Montessori’s educational model is based on her keen observation of the child. This observation of the child resulted in the development of her theory of the child's nature upon which her educational practices are based: The Montessori Method.
Offering Seven Levels of Teacher Training
Each credential level requires practicum course work and a paid nine-month student teaching/practicum.
Infant & Toddler Level
Birth to 3 Years
The Infant and Toddler seven courses are scheduled as a one-year summer intensive or two-year program. Focus is on children birth to 3.Learn More
Early Childhood Level
3 to 6 Years
The Early Childhood nine courses are scheduled as a one-year summer intensive or two-year program. Focus is on children 2.5 to 6 years.Learn More
Elementary Level I
6 to 9 Years
The Elementary I eleven courses are scheduled as a one-year summer intensive or two-year program. Focus is on children 6 to 9 years.Learn More
Elementary Level II
9 to 12 Years
The Elementary II six courses are scheduled as a one-year summer intensive or two-year program. Focus is on children 9 to 12 years. Elementary I prerequisite.Learn More
The Administration Credential is fifteen courses scheduled as a one-year or two-year program. Preparation for a directorship. Three units meet CCL director qualifications.Learn More
Early Childhood Foundation Units
Early Childhood Foundation is a series of three courses designed to meet Community Care Licensing’s 12-unit requirement. Focus is on children two to six years.Learn More
Professional Development classes meet the AMS for 50 hours/five-year to maintain active teacher credential status. Designed to enliven and re-energize you and your classroom!Learn More
Learn More About MTEC
Who We Are
MTEC is a Montessori teacher training program that provides Montessori teacher training courses at the Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood, Elementary I, and Elementary I-II Levels since 1980. The American Montessori Society (AMS) issues the teacher credentials to our graduates.
How We Do It
Our highly experienced faculty provide lectures, curriculum demonstrations, and student practice with the Montessori curriculum materials. The Curriculum is organized around specific topics and presented in an organized sequence of presentations. Multiple sets of Montessori materials are available for student practice and mastery under faculty supervision.
What We Do
All five levels of training are provided during the Summer Intensive Schedule in June & July, Monday through Friday, and the Year-Round Schedule on weekends September through June. The student teaching/practicum is a nine-month paid internship at a Montessori school following the academic coursework.
What Our Students Are Saying
My instructors are very passionate about Montessori and a deep understanding of the Montessori philosophy, coupled with a lot of teaching experiences to share with their students. I would proudly recommend it to anyone who is interested in becoming a Montessori teacher. Thank you MTEC-SFBA!
"It has been a joyful experience! The instructors are all experienced and knowledgeable. I want to thank them all for passing their knowledge on to me and sharing opportunities."
Cecille Del Rosario
Thank you so much! It's a great honor to be a student of MTEC San Francisco, to meet a group of loving and knowledgeable teacher, and to achieve my goals with their selfless help. Thank you so much and forever! Best wishes, Qian Huang
Applying for the Montessori Lower and Upper Elementary teaching courses at MTEC was one of the best decisions of my whole life! MTEC has highly experienced teachers who are dedicated to delivering their love and experiences along with techniques to every student. These courses are quiet intensive, yet full of fun and joy! Most importantly, I received great help to improve myself while learning how to present so many materials to my students.
I enjoyed having so many hours of hands-on practice with the elementary materials. Manuals describing all the materials and how to present them was so helpful. I loved the MTEC community, the deep knowledge and compassion of the instructors, and the organized, thoughtful progression of lessons and tasks we worked on. The instructors were phenomenal. I felt very much like their goal was to develop a successful me, and a more meaningful relationship in me to my Montessori world.