Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center was established in 1965 and is the oldest Montessori teacher training center in Illinois and one of the first Montessori teacher training centers in the United States!  Dr. W. Michael Kunert and Louise Kunert have been Directors since 1989.

Our Business Office, along with the Infant and Toddler, Early Childhood, Elementary I, and Elementary II summer programs are held at the North Shore Montessori Schools - Deerfield and Riverwoods locations.  The Riverwoods Montessori School is located at 3140 Riverwoods Road, in Riverwoods, Illinois 60015 and the Deerfield Montessori School is located at 760 North Avenue, in Deerfield, Illinois 60015.  To contact us please call: 847-276-0405.


Dr. W. Michael Kunert

Dr. Kunert is the Administrative Director of Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center. He holds the Montessori Administrator Certification.

Louise Kunert

Louise Kunert is certified in Early Childhood and Elementary I. With more than 25 years of experience, she has been Director of two Montessori Schools and is presently the Director of Education for MMTTC.



Years Of Quality Teaching

MMTTC is staffed with Montessori professionals with many years of classroom experience.

MMTTC graduates are better prepared to meet the demands of today’s Montessori teaching environment.

MMTTC graduates are in high demand.


"Our training at MMTTC was a transforming experience, opening our eyes to a greater potential for our students and ourselves.  I have had the privilege of attending some prestigious colleges in my life, but my time with the staff at MMTTC surpassed it all and has brought great joy.  I will be forever grateful!"
–MMTTC Graduate

"I now live in California and work at a Montessori school here.  My fellow teachers come to me to learn how to present things as basic as the continent map.  It brings me back to the lectures and I find the information is in the front of my brain, for lack of a better word, whenever I need it.  I am grateful to you, your teacher trainers, all the hard work you made us do and the confidence it gave me during my first years of teaching.  Kudos to you and your work."
–MMTTC Graduate

"…..I am now the Montessori coordinator in my school and I am working with other classrooms to make sure they are following the Montessori Philosophy.  Thanks to all of you preparing me for this role, I see why your training center is the best in the country."
–MMTTC Graduate

"…..I continue to be enriched by the Montessori training experience that you helped to provide. I love engaging in the learning process alongside the children and am continually challenged to be faithful to observation, as you always reminded us. The reading quotes have been a grounding guide to come back to and I enjoyed sharing them with my assistant this Fall."
–MMTTC Graduate

"Excellent preparation in classroom – very knowledgeable in all areas – material presentations, management strategies, parent communications and knowledge of Montessori philosophy is superior – graduates demonstrate understanding of materials, both rationale and presentations."
–School Administrator

"I received the transcripts today.  Because we are requesting everyone’s training transcripts, I am getting quite an education on what various training programs include, and MMTTC’s transcripts are by far the most comprehensive and thorough I have seen.  It’s my good fortune to have this impressive documentation of my educational background.  Thank you very much for developing them."
--School Administrator

"I want to thank you for hosting our teacher in the basic training this summer.  She came back to school and the first thing she said was "Now I get it".  Since taking this class, her confidence level has risen….  Her relationships with the other teachers are vastly improved because now she "gets it."  It is always so good to see how good it is for adults to learn how to work well and properly with children."
--School Administrator

"The training that we all received still lives on and is such a central part of what we try to do.  As state and district demands pull us away from center, we always try to pull it back and keep it Montessori.  The training was a treasure and we are thankful on a daily basis!!"
--An MMTTC Graduate from a Public School


We are accredited by Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE).  MACTE is the international standard setting and accrediting body for Montessori teacher education. MACTE was granted initial recognition by the U.S. Department of Education in 1995. MACTE accredits certification programs based on (1) the evidence they have that they prepare competent, caring, and qualified professional Montessori educators and (2) their capacity to monitor and improve the program’s quality. MACTE believes this is the soundest way to assure the public about the quality of these programs.  Visit their website to learn more about MACTE.

MMTTC is also affiliated with the American Montessori Society (AMS).  The American Montessori Society (AMS) is the foremost advocate for quality Montessori education, an innovative, child-centered approach to learning. AMS sets the high professional standards that inform Montessori education as practiced in AMS-accredited schools and taught in AMS-affiliated teacher education programs.  Visit their website to learn more about AMS.


Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center (MMTTC) is approved to operate by the Private Business and Vocational Schools Division of the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE).  You can reach IBHE by phone at 217-782-2551 and you can click here to visit the IBHE website (www.ibhe.org) to learn more about them.  The Illinois Board of Higher Education also maintains an online complaint system.  Click here to visit the IBHE online complaint system website (www.complaints.ibhe.org). 



Institution Disclosure/Consumer Data is maintained by MMTTC and other organizations that are approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education.  Click here to view the current Institutional Disclosures.


Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center (MMTTC) is approved to provide education to eligible veterans, widows and children of veterans and reservists. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) determines your eligibility and equivalent educational benefits, and you should contact your Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within your Military Service prior to enrolling.  To apply for benefits, complete the Application for Benefits form on the VA Web site. You can also contact the VA at 1.888.GIBILL1 (1.888.442.4551) to help determine your eligibility or to learn more about their programs.

Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center is proud to work with veterans and has adopted the following policy:


  • Prevent the student’s enrollment.
  • Assess a late penalty fee to the student.
  • Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding.
  • Deny the student access to any resource (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution.

However, to qualify for this provision, such student may be required to:

  • Produce the VA Certification of Eligibility (COE) by the first day of class.
  • Provide a written request to be certified.
  • Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies.

MMTTC is either accredited, affiliated or approved by the following organizations:

Affiliated with:
American Montessori Society
(212) 358-1250


Accredited by:
(434) 202-7793

Approved by:
Illinois Board of Higher Education
(217) 782-2551