Yes! MMTTC will continue the in-person training experience in the Summer of 2022. The Summer 2021 in-person training experience using enhanced health and safety protocols was a complete success. There were no closures and no interruptions in the training session.
Yes. The past year has presented us all with great challenges, yet throughout this time our Montessori Community has risen and shown its resilience, resolve and resourcefulness. Looking ahead, we have much to feel hopeful and encouraged by! As we prepare to come together for the optimal in-person training experience this summer, we will do so using COVID health and safety protocols that have been in place in our schools since the summer of 2020, successfully operating in person. Some of these protocols include increased social distancing, increased ventilation, daily health screenings, use of face coverings, etc. Please see the “Special COVID-19 Policies and Procedures” section in the Academic Catalog for details.
Countless children in schools are floundering and becoming discouraged. They need what you and Montessori self-learning environments can supply.
Enroll in the Montessori training program at MMTTC for teaching the Early Childhood, Elementary I and Elementary II age child. You will continue to “learn by doing” during the academic year(s) of implementation.
The answer depends on the program you are considering enrolling in - please see below.
Infant and Toddler
Elementary I and Elementary-II
Some MMTTC programs require a Bachelor's Degree. If the program you are selecting requires a Bachelor's Degree and you received your degree from an institution outside of the United States, it will in many cases be acceptable. In order to determine if your college degree is equivalent to at least a Bachelor's Degree in the U.S., you must have your credits evaluated. Please visit the following website for a list of AMS approved organizations that evaluate transcripts: National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES®) Once you select a company to use, you will ask them to evaluate your transcript and send the results directly to MMTTC. One of the companies that our Adult Learners have used in the past is World Education Services.
Criminal background checks must be completed before the end of the summer phase of the program. It generally requires three days to two weeks to obtain the results of a fingerprint check. Candidates cannot begin an internship without a “passed” background check. It is the candidate’s responsibility to contact the appropriate agency or company and to pay all fees connected with this procedure. If you already are, or will be sponsored by a school that is licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, that school should be able to send you to Biometric Impressions at no charge to you. Please check with your sponsor at your school. If you reside or are working in another state, please check with that state for details.
NOTE: If you work for a school and already have a current Background Check on file with that school, you can have the Head of School send a letter (on school letterhead) to MMTTC confirming this.
A candidate may not be placed in any school if the background check determines that he or she has been convicted of criminal behavior that, by law, automatically prohibits him or her from entering an internship and, therefore being ineligible for completing the requirements for AMS Montessori certification.
What type of Background Check do you need?
The background check to request is a National Fingerprint Based Background Check.
Where to go for a Background Check
Illinois: Biometric Impressions is a company that performs background checks for DCFS licensed schools. Contact them toll free at 630-532-5922. Additionally, you may contact any company in Illinois that is approved by the state. Here is a link to the Illinois information page.
Other nearby states:
Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center accepts criminal background check reports from Biometric Impressions and other accredited sources when supplied directly from that agency to MMTTC. If you are unsure whether an agency report is acceptable, please contact MMTTC.
While MMTTC does not offer financial aid, we do support the AMS Scholarship Program. Click here for more information and a to get a copy of the scholarship application.
An experienced Montessori consultant will visit you during your internship year(s). You will have detailed albums for ready reference and personal use. The Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center is always available as a resource.
A highly competent staff of Montessori teachers holding Montessori credentials and currently working with all Montessori Early Childhood, Elementary I and Elementary II components, will share their expertise through lectures and demonstrations.
Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center is conveniently located in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Our Infant and Toddler, Early Childhood, and Elementary programs are hosted by our partner, North Shore Montessori Schools at their campuses in Riverwoods, IL and Deerfield, IL.
Please click on the "LODGING INFO" tab at the top of this page.
From MMTTC Co-Director Dr. W. Michael Kunert: Daria is a recent MMTTC Adult Learner and she submitted this essay as part of her required work. As a reader of the essays that are turned in every year for me to give my blessing as to approve or try again, I believe that Daria's essay was superb and deserved to be read by others as well. My thought was "Maria, no need to turn over, just smile, a good long smile for a job well done". Click here to read Daria's essay.
Log on to Diane Ravitch’s Blog to read several interesting articles including one from Marianne Giannis, MMTTC Elementary Faculty Member entitled: "Montessori Teacher To John King: Montessori Is Not About Testing and The Common Core"
Diane Ravitch is a Research Professor of Education at New York University and a historian of Education.
John King was the U.S. Secretary of Education and the former Commissioner of Education for the State of New York.
THE REAL ESSENCE OF THE MONTESSORI METHOD
“The real essence of the Montessori Method is to help the natural process of human development, to create integrated personalities – that is, people who have a sense of responsibility, who know their limitations, who have a sense of duty toward themselves and society, and who having a clear vision, can make a positive contribution to solving social problems.” Dr. Mario Montessori – lecture November 1966.
“The essential factor in the Montessori outlook is that it is not the adult who creates the child; it is the child, who through his experiences, creates a human being.” Dr. Mario Montessori – lecture November 1966.
From John Taylor Gatto, author of the book DUMBING US DOWN (1995): “Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges; it should allow you to find values which will be your road map through life; it should make you spiritually rich, a person who loves whatever you are doing, wherever you are, whomever you are with; it should teach you what is important, how to live and how to die.”
johntaylorgatto.com/index.htm – The Odysseus Group – Challenging the Myths of Modern Day Schooling
The Natural Child Project – www.naturalchild.org This is a good web site and it has interesting articles. Another article by John Taylor Gatto, entitled “Why Schools Don’t Educate” is found on this web site. This article is the text of a speech by John Taylor Gatto accepting the New York City Teacher of the Year Award on January 31, 1990.
There is also an article by Jan Hunt entitled “What We Can Learn from Sandy Hook.”
Registration is now open for all programs beginning in Summer 2022: CLICK HERE TO APPLY
Infant and Toddler, Early Childhood, Elementary I and Elementary II Institutes are held at one of the following:
Testing Week for returning Early Childhood adult learners is: June 13-17, 2022
and will be held at Deerfield Montessori School, 760 North Avenue, Deerfield IL. 60015
Assessment and Review for returning Elementary I adult learners is: June 13-17 and June 20-24, 2022
and will be held at Deerfield Montessori School, 760 North Avenue, Deerfield IL. 60015
Registration is now open for the AIMS annual virtual conference to be held Feb 25-26, 2022. Click here to visit their website for more information.
The AMS Teacher Education Scholarship application is available on the AMS Website (AMSHQ.ORG) for all aspiring Montessori teachers. Click here for more information and to get a copy of the 2022 scholarship application. Please share information regarding scholarship opportunities with your prospective and newly enrolled adult learners. Applicants are considered on the basis of financial need, a compelling personal statement, 3 letters of recommendation, and official verification of acceptance into an AMS-affiliated program.
Complete applications must be received by the AMS office by May 1, 2022. If you or your adult learners have questions about the scholarship application process, please contact:
American Montessori Society
Attention: Sophia Zamudio
116 East 16th Street, FL 6
New York, NY 10003
MMTTC has negotiated a discounted rate with Marriott at two of their local hotels. These hotels have rooms with either a king size bed or two queen size beds, include breakfast (each day) and a free shuttle service to and from our Deerfield and Riverwoods schools. Both hotels are conveniently located, have free parking and will shuttle you to nearby restaurants, entertainment and shopping (pre-arranged shuttle service based on availability).
Please make your reservations as soon as possible since these hotels become quite busy during the summer.