Criteria for Admission

Acceptance into the Montessori Training Center Northeast is based on evaluation of the application packet, previous academic record and a personal interview. The educational standards for the course is a bachelor’s degree in any field. Exceptions are considered on an individual basis.

Successful candidates will demonstrate qualifications and suitability for successful participation in the course, including:

  • Academic skills for success in a comprehensive and rigorous course of study
  • Clear oral and written communication
  • Capacities for organization, time management and attention to detail
  • Ability to collaborate within the community of the Center, its students and cooperating Montessori schools
  • Commitment to alternative education
  • The desire to support human development in positive and life-affirming directions

Application and Admissions Process

An application for admission to MTCNE may be submitted at any time during the calendar year.  Applications are processed upon receipt throughout the year for both the Summer and Academic Year programs.  We encourage you to submit your application and materials as far in advance of the course dates as possible. Applications are considered in the order received on a space-available basis. When a course is filled, successful candidates may request placement on a Waiting List and/or defer registration to the next consecutive course.

Applications are considered active upon receipt of the application fee.

The admissions process (application submission through decision) can take a minimum of 3-6 weeks. Upon acceptance, a candidate reserves a place in the course with a non-refundable registration fee of $500.00.  The Teacher Training Course is limited to a maximum of 35 students. When a course is filled, successful candidates may request placement on a waiting list and/or defer registration to the consecutive course.

1. The candidate for admission must submit the following documents

  • Completed application form with signature and date
  • Employment history/resume
  • Autobiography (as described on the application form under “Please enclose the following”)
  • Answers to two questions (as described on the application form under “Please enclose the following”)
  • Official transcripts in sealed envelopes from each educational institution attended
  • Three letters of reference – letters of reference must be written within three years of application date. Letters should include at least one professional reference; others may be personal or academic. The letters should reflect the writer’s knowledge and assessment of the applicant’s character, professional experience, and academic potential and, as applicable, interaction with children and aptitude for work in an alternative educational setting.
  • Non-refundable application fee of $100.00 payable to Capitol Region Education Council (CREC). The application file will be considered “active” upon receipt of the application fee.
  • Non-Native Speakers of English: TOEFL Scores – minimum score of 550

No action can be taken on an application for admission until all required materials, application fee, letters of reference and transcripts are received.

2. Personal Interview
A personal interview is required as part of the application for admission to the course. The interview will be scheduled when the application file is complete. Applicants from outside the New England area who are unable to visit the Training Center personally can schedule a personal interview to be conducted by telephone, at the applicant’s expense.

3. Decision
Following the personal interview, an applicant will be notified in writing as to the status of the application. If accepted, a non-refundable registration fee of $500.00. Payable to Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) is due within two weeks of notification. The registration fee reserves a successful candidate’s place in the course and will be applied toward initial tuition payment.

Applications should be sent to:
Montessori Training Center Northeast
Butterworth Hall
1265 Asylum Avenue,
Hartford, CT 06105
c/o Tamar Serrano

Financial Aid

The Margaret Elizabeth Stephenson Fund
AMI/USA established the MES FUND, INC. in honor of Margaret Elizabeth Stephenson, who devoted her life to AMI teacher training in the United States. The fund, which is administered and supported by AMI/USA, honors her legacy and extends her contribution to touch future teachers.  The fund awards partial scholarships in the form of tuition reduction towards AMI training in the United States to selected students.  The MES Application deadline is May 1st of the year your coursework begins both summer and academic course formats.  To learn more about MES Fund eligibility and for the MES Fund application click here.

Contact Montessori@amiusa.org for more information.

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