Frequently Asked Questions
— What sets UMA apart?
— Will I be fully certified as a Montessori teacher?
UMA is licensed by the State of Washington, which grants to the UMA graduate full certification as lead teacher in a Montessori primary classroom, in the United States and worldwide. Our graduates have had excellent success in securing employment, due to the global demand for well-trained Montessori educators. We recommend that you research individual hiring needs and practices in your community, to reassure your success for employment.
— Are you affiliated with any other organizations?
Yes, we are.
UMA is an independent Montessori organization. We are licensed by the State of Washington Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, since 1988, to provide Montessori teacher training and certification for the primary-age level. UMA has served on the board and is a long-standing member of the Pacific Northwest Montessori Association. UMA is also an approved provider for Independent and Public School Districts in the USA, to train teachers for teacher certification in the Montessori method.
— Do I need to intern at a Montessori school to complete my certification?
This is not a requirement, however, there is no substitute for “hands on” experience. We highly recommend that you seek an internship, assistant, or volunteer position in a Montessori classroom setting while participating in the UMA program. This allows you to experience and put into immediate practice your written training.
— The director of a Montessori school informed me that they hire only graduates from their own training background. Is this the norm?
No, it is not the norm.
This is not the norm, although it does happen. Any Montessori school or organization claiming exclusivity is, unfortunately, out of harmony with the Montessori community at large. Our code of ethics encourages our graduates to respect and support any organization that advocates the true principles of Montessori.
— When may I start the course?
There are three (quarterly) starting dates during the year – September, January, and April.