— What sets UMA apart?
- UMA adheres to the original tenets of the Montessori principles of education; we intentionally do not blend other methods into the program, so as not to create a “watered-down” version of the Montessori philosophy.
- UMA insists on the “inner preparation” of the adult and requires that each student reflect back on his/her own early childhood experiences. This is a critical aspect of Montessori teacher preparation, which must not be overlooked nor understated in the course curriculum of Montessori Teacher Certification.
- UMA provides a comprehensive 9-12 month program with exceptional attention to detail. Students receive a thorough understanding of the adult-child relationship as well as a complete knowledge of the physical layout and operation of an authentic Montessori environment.
- UMA gives individual guidance to each student in training. The UMA staff is deeply committed to every student’s success; a personal relationship is established and continued throughout the years ahead in one’s life-long Montessori journey.
— Will I be fully certified as a Montessori teacher?
We grant, 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.
— When may I start the course?
You are welcome to choose any one of these 3 starting dates:
- WINTER: January
- SPRING: May
- FALL: September
— Are you affiliated with any other organizations?
Yes, we are.
UMA is an independent Montessori organization. Since 1988, we have provided Montessori teacher training and certification for the primary-age level. UMA is a member of Northwest Career Colleges Federation, the voice of private career colleges and schools. 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.