Montessori of Alameda Teacher Education Program (MOATEP) offers certification in two different levels of teacher training, Infant & Toddler and Early Childhood.

Our next cohort of students will begin the summer of 2020 and enrollment is now open! The MOATEP Montessori Teacher Credential Programs offer a comprehensive course of study consisting of both an academic phase and a 9-month internship (or Practicum) in a Montessori classroom.

Courses include content on Montessori philosophy, child development, the use of Montessori didactic materials and Montessori curricula, observation techniques, effective record keeping, classroom management, healthy parent communication, and effective administration.

Our programs offer a HYBRID of online, self-paced learning and In-Residence seminars. For additional flexibility we also offer adult learners the option of choosing a ONE year or TWO-year length of study.

One Year Option

This option offers the adult learner the opportunity to complete all of their academic study in one summer. This will consist of online learning as well as a summer session of intensive, in-residence learning in beautiful Portland, Oregon. (Six weeks for the Early Childhood credential and five weeks for the Infant & Toddler credential.) Following the completion of this summer of academics, the adult learner will begin their 9-month student teaching Practicum. This program lasts 12 months from start to successful completion of their Montessori teaching credential.

Two Year Option

This option offers the adult learner the time to spread their academic learning out over a full year. This will consist of online learning, a three-week summer session of in-residence learning in beautiful Portland, Oregon, followed by 5 three-day seminars spread throughout the year. Following the completion of this year of academics, the adult learner will begin their 9-month student teaching Practicum. This program lasts 24 months from start to successful completion of their Montessori teaching credential.

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Program Overview

The Infant & Toddler and Early Childhood Credential programs consist of three parts:
1. Montessori Foundation Preparation
2. Academic Phase
3. Student Teaching Phase (known as the Practicum)

Program Schedules

Scheduling explanationDescription
Montessori Foundation PreparationSelf-paced
The requirement of this segment of the program will be provided to students upon acceptance to the program.
Students may proceed through the material at their own pace, but all requirements must be fulfilled prior to the start of the Academic phase. Completion time is estimated between 15-20 hours.
The Montessori Foundation Preparation is designed to provide students an opportunity to prepare themselves for the teacher education experience at MOATEP. This ensures that all students arrive at MOATEP having read and studied the same introductory material and having had the same important pre-requisite experiences. This establishes a baseline for the incoming class and provides students a skeletal framework for understanding Montessori theory and philosophy, upon which they may build.

Academic PhaseOne Year Program consists of summer intensive academic weeks: 6 weeks for Early Childhood, 5 weeks for Infant & Toddler.
Two Year Program consists of 3 summer intensive academic weeks followed by several seminars throughout the following school year.

The academics portion is a rigorous, classroom intensive program. This period of study includes lectures, demonstrations, discussions, workshops and practice/lab sessions. Adult learners will develop detailed manuals of lesson plans in each curriculum area and practice individual lesson presentations. This is a demanding and highly rewarding segment of the MOATEP program.
Practicum YearMinimum 3 hours/day, 5 mornings/week for the duration of the 9-month academic year (On-site evaluation visits by Field Consultants will be required for candidates engaged in a Supervised Practicum: 3 for Early Childhood and 4 for Infant & Toddler. 5 on-site evaluation visits may be required for those involved in a self-directed Practicum.)The student teaching Practicum provides students a real-world classroom experience under the direct supervision of a qualified Montessori educator at a qualified and accredited Montessori school.
Alongside this Practicum, adult learners gather several times during the year to refresh and gain new skills and to come together to discuss the practical applications of what they have learned in their classroom setting.

Our Instructors

All courses are led by highly experienced and qualified American Montessori Society (AMS) and Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) credentialed Montessorians. Our instructor team is headed by Lee Lanou, the Director of Montessori of Alameda Teacher Education Program and Director of Montessori Education at Endeavor Schools. With over 30 years of Montessori education experience and having earned both AMS and AMI teaching credentials, Lee has created a powerful training program grounded in strong Montessori philosophy and plenty of hands-on practice with the Montessori didactic materials. To learn more about Lee, please click here. Combining the very best of both AMS and AMI practices, this unique Montessori training experience will prepare adult learners to become inspiring Montessori advocates and leaders in their communities.

Practicum/Student Teaching

In addition to the academic program, all adult learners are required to complete a minimum of 540 hours of classroom work under the supervision of a certified Montessori teacher in an approved school. It is the adult learner’s responsibility to find a Practicum site approved by MOATEP and affiliated with AMS unless a request showing sufficient cause for an exception is made to and granted by AMS. The student teaching Practicum provides students a real-world classroom experience under the direct supervision of a qualified Montessori educator at a qualified and accredited Montessori school.

The Practicum may not precede the academic phase of the program and is based on a minimum of three hours daily, five days a week for a full academic year. It is preferred and highly recommended that the adult learner works FULL-TIME in the classroom, as an Assistant Teacher, to receive the most benefit from the Practicum. Waivers for a Self-Directed internship must be approved by the MOATEP Director.

Adult learners will be supported through monthly communication and observed 3-4 times through their Practicum year by a MOATEP Field Consultant or a consultant approved by MOATEP. Adult learners serving a self-directed Practicum (role of Lead Teacher in the classroom) will be given additional support and observed five times during the academic year. Adult learners will be evaluated on their ability to integrate Montessori theory and methodology, child development principles, observation, instructional and classroom management techniques, and preparation of environment. If an adult learner receives an unsatisfactory evaluation, one or more additional observations will be scheduled by the field supervisor to review progress. Every effort will be made by MOATEP to provide the additional support that may be needed.

Alongside this Practicum, adult learners gather several times during the year to refresh and gain new skills and to come together to discuss the practical applications of what they have learned in their classroom setting.

Graduation Requirements

The requirements for graduation include attendance for all scheduled hours (both required classes and practice teaching sessions); satisfactory completion of all required curriculum albums, oral, practical, and written examinations; satisfactory completion of the Practicum; and fulfillment of all assignments and financial obligations to the MOATEP.