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NMTC Admission Requirement

NMTC accepts application on a rolling basis until May 1 prior to the start of the summer cohort  

Please note: NMTC's goal is to become MACTE accredited and affiliated with the American Montessori Society, but does not have those designations at this time. References to the American Montessori Society are solely to indicate that those standards and requirements are being followed and in no way apply imply AMS affiliation at this time.


A candidate for the Infant and Toddler Credential must hold as a minimum:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college / university, or its equivalent from a non- U.S. college or university*

  • Montessori Early Childhood Credential issued by a MACTE or a prerequisite overview course

  • Previous work experience in a Montessori educational environment

*Applicants who hold a Bachelor’s degree from a non-U.S. college / university that does not equate from a regionally accredited U.S. college / university will still be awarded an infant & Toddler credential. The degree and country in which the graduate was awarded his or her Bachelor’s degree is indicated on the credential. 


Applicants for this AMS Infant & Toddler program who do not have a U.S. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S college / university or its equivalent are required to sign a statement verifying that they have received the above information before they are considered for acceptance into this course.

Applicants who have a high school diploma or GED, but not a Bachelor’s degree will be granted an Associate Infant and Toddler Credential. Country, state and local employment requirements vary widely and change periodically. In addition, employment requirements vary in different types of schools (e.g. private, public/charter, faith based, publicly funded). In some locations or schools, an Associate Credential may not qualify for full teaching responsibility. The applicant is responsible for checking specific jurisdictions and schools for particular employment requirements.The American Montessori Society strongly encourages holders of the AMS Associate Infant and Toddler Credential to obtain their Bachelor’s degree within seven years of credentialing. Upon completion of your Bachelor’s degree, and to upgrade your credential, contact the AMS Office of Teacher Education.



Transfer Policy

Generally, the entirety of the certificate must be completed at NMTC. Previous credits may be considered for transfer on a case by case basis at the discretion of the Program Director. However, only coursework from MACTE-accredited Infant-Toddler Teacher Education Programs will be considered.  Applicants must complete the MACTE Transfer Form

Admissions Procedure:

All applicants must submit the following no later than May 1st of the year in which the course is to begin:

  • Complete application form and appropriate fees (See Financial Policies for a complete list of all fees) written in English

  • Two official college transcripts

  • Copies of any Montessori diploma and / or state teaching certification, if applicable

  • Three letters of recommendation 

  • A resume

  • Personal Statement (no less than 500 words) discussing your interest in and reasoning for pursuing Montessori Teacher education

All applicants are required to attend a personal interview with the program Program Director prior to acceptance. For those applicants who are coming from out of state, a FaceTime or Skype interview will suffice.


Acceptance will not be granted unless the aforementioned requirements are met.

All acceptances are at the discretion of the Director of NMTC and applicants will be notified in writing of their acceptance. Upon acceptance into the NMTC program, a deposit is required to hold the Adult Learner’s placement in the program. Please click here for information regarding fees and tuition

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