What is Montessori?
Montessori is an approach to education that encourages the natural curiosity of children and their innate drive to learn. The Montessori teacher observes and responds to individual children, helping them to learn by doing things for themselves and working with other children. Montessori children are confident, creative, independent and well-prepared for life. They become responsible decision-makers, with a lifelong love of learning, respectful of other people and of their environment.
What Montessori careers are there?
As a trained Montessori teacher, you can work in an early years setting, nursery or Montessori school. You could progress to become a Nursery Manager or Head of School. You could even go on to set up your own Montessori school. Apart from the classroom, careers are also available in:
- Child development research
- Special needs support
- Psychology and counselling
- Sports education and coaching
- Humanitarian education initiatives
- Montessori teacher training
Our Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) qualifications are internationally-recognised, so you could do this work in the UK or work abroad.
What are the job prospects?
Montessori teachers, especially those with the AMI Diploma, are in high demand and can work all over the world. 90% of our graduates are in a job within 3 months or less. Starting salaries vary by location but can be £25-30,000 for qualified teachers. Managers can earn more.
Why choose a career in Montessori?
If you are someone who would like to:
- Help children to find out for themselves rather than give them facts
- Pave the way for children to grow into caring and compassionate adults
- Enable children to self-judge their ability instead of setting tests
- Have job satisfaction every day
Then a career in Montessori education may be just right for you!
What qualifications do you need?
To be a Montessori teacher:
- Study for the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Diploma for children aged 3-6 years. Study over one or two years. This qualification is recognised all over the world and required by many schools/ nurseries. We also offer the AMI Diploma for children aged 0-3 years and children aged 6-12 years.
- If you don’t have a degree, you could study for our Foundation Degree in Montessori Pedagogy (AMI 3-6) which includes the AMI Diploma (3-6). You will qualify as a Montessori teacher within 2 years.
To be a Montessori classroom assistant:
- Take the shorter AMI Orientation (formerly Assistants Certificate) course in Montessori usually offered online – this is recognised around the world as the training for Montessori classroom assistants. Courses are run in a variety of different formats – for example three evenings a week for six weeks.
To be counted in the ratio of qualified staff to children at UK early years settings:
- Gain the Early Years Educator (EYE) qualification – you can study for this as part of our Foundation Degree and AMI Diploma 3-6 course.
Visit our Training Centre Virtual Open Day to discover the Montessori approach and career opportunities and to explore our courses in-depth.