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Teacher Education Program Affiliation Steps

There are defined steps that teacher education programs (TEPs) aiming to achieve American Montessori Society affiliation must complete. One important step is that these TEPs must also be accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE), the accrediting body for Montessori TEPs.

We recognize that the process of MACTE accreditation and AMS affiliation can be challenging and fulfilling, time-consuming and rewarding; we are here to provide support and encouragement along the way.

In addition to the information we provide online, we are also here for you via e-mail or phone. Write to Abbie Kelly, director of teacher education services, or call her at 212-358-1250 x315 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET).

For face-to-face support, please join us at our next Annual Conference, where—as always—we will offer a workshop on “Starting an AMS-Affiliated Teacher Education Program.” Regardless of where you are in the process—even if you are just in the “thinking-about-it” stage—we would be delighted to meet with you in person.

Getting Started

  • Order and review the “AMS Handbook for Teacher Education Program Affiliation.” The handbook may be purchased from AMS using this form.
  • Order and review the “MACTE Guide to Accreditation.” Contact info@macte.org to order the guide and to learn more about the organization’s accreditation process.
  • Review the standards and requirements of both organizations and begin by preparing your curriculum and syllabi using the AMS standards.
  • AMS and MACTE collaborate with a single, streamlined application process. For more detailed information, contact Abbie Kelly.

Next Steps

There are about a dozen steps in the AMS affiliation process. The average time taken to complete them—if done concurrently with MACTE accreditation—is 24 months.

For an overview of the steps, follow this link.

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