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Get Montessori Trained

Montessori training is a life changing experience. Anyone can be trained - some get trained to be teachers, some to support school opening, and others to grow as parents. Montessori training is a requirement for Teacher Leaders planning to open a Wildflower school. Read below to learn about Montessori training as well as scholarship/grant opportunities. 

Montessori Training Centers

Association Montessori International (AMI)

AMI’s global network empowers teachers and communities through the holistic approach of Maria Montessori, helping all children become truly capable and productive individuals by focusing on their moral, behavioral, emotional, and intellectual development.

American Montessori Society (AMS)

The American Montessori Society is a hub for all things Montessori: an information center for over 18,000 members, the media, and the public; a voice in the public policy arena; and a mobilizing force for the global Montessori community, through support services, research, and professional development events.

The Center for Guided Montessori Studies (CGMS)

CGMS, the largest and most respected Montessori teacher certification program, was founded in 2006 to make Montessori teacher education more effective and more accessible. CGMS course of study uses cutting-edge distance-learning technologies to reduce the amount of time students have to spend physically at any one given Montessori training center. These same technologies also allow students to collaborate more effectively, and review Montessori theory and practice more thoroughly and with greater repetition over time.

Prepared Montessorian Institute 

A modern apporach to Montessori training: A training and professional development platform that offers Montessori teacher training diplomas and Montessori short courses for continuous learning.

Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE)

Use this resource to search for MACTE-accredited training programs. 

Montessori Training Sponsorship & Grants

Black Wildflowers Fund: Montessori Credential Grant for Black Educators  

To invest in the future of Black leadership, we will provide grants to Black educators pursuing Montessori training through MACTE credentialed programs. Our goal is to train and foster communities of practice for 60+ Black Montessori educators over the next three years. Priority will be given to individuals who've already applied or been accepted to a Montessori training program. We encourage all Black educators interested in obtaining a Montessori credential to apply!

The Black Montessori Education Fund: Montessori Teacher Training

The BMEF is committed to supporting aspiring Montessori teachers through scholarship opportunities.  

Margaret Elizabeth Stephenson Fund

Since 2000, the MES Fund has awarded more than $600,000 in scholarships over to over 325 AMI teacher trainees! 

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Bachelor's Degree Pathways Scholarship - Child Care Aware WA


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This pathway can be used at any approved MACTE-accredited academy in Washington State, and only for early childhood and infant and toddler credentials.

Scholarship Benefits:

  • Up to $9,000 in tuition and fees per scholarship contract, paid directly to the academic institution

  • Book reimbursement of up to $500

  • Release time paid to the employer at a rate of $15 per hour, up to 3 hours per week for each term enrolled

  • Completion incentive for scholars who have successfully completed their scholarship contracts


  • Be employed at a child care center or family child care program that participates in Early Achievers for at least 3 months at time of application

  • Work a minimum of 10 hours per week

  • Have completed an associate or bachelor’s degree


  • Scholars must remain with their same employer for 6 months after the successful completion of a yearlong scholarship contract in order to qualify for the incentive

  • Scholars must adhere to scholarship guidelines and contract terms

  • Scholars are responsible for the cost of attendance beyond the maximums and benefits of the scholarship contract


All scholarship applications must be complete and submitted by the dates below to be considered for the corresponding term.

  • Fall term – August 15

  • Winter term (including spring semester) – November 15

  • Spring term – February 15

  • Summer term – April 15

Submitting an application does not guarantee funding. Notifications are sent via email the first week of the month following your submission. For example, if you submit an application on July 14, you will be notified the first week of August.

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