Working in Australia
To undertake employment in Australian schools and childcare, or to operate a family daycare centre, your qualifications must be approved by the relevant regulatory authority. Namely your state Teacher Registration Board for those seeking teacher registration and/or nationally, by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), for educators working in early childhood. If you have obtained your qualifications with an accredited Montessori Institute course (Graduate Diploma or Diploma), you already have the necessary prerequisites to work in Australian schools and centres, or to run your own family daycare.
To be the ‘teacher’ in an Australian school or childcare centre, you will need to have completed a recognised Initial Teacher Education course and register with your state Teacher Registration Board. The Graduate Diploma of Education (Montessori) is the only nationally recognised Montessori Initial Teacher Education course in Australia. Each Teacher Registration Board has its own way of registering graduates of teacher programs. Click below for more information about registering in your state.
- Australian Capital Territory – Teacher Quality Institute
- New South Wales – NSW Education Standards Authority
- Northern Territory – Teacher Registration Board of the Northern Territory
- Queensland – Queensland College of Teachers
- South Australia – Teachers Registration Board of South Australia
- Tasmania – Teachers Registration Board of Tasmania
- Victoria – Victorian Institute of Teaching
- Western Australia – Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia
Once an Initial Teacher Education course has been accredited by the state Teacher Registration Board, the program is listed nationally on the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) website. Every state is obligated to register a graduate of an AITSL listed course. The Montessori Institute’s Graduate Diploma of Education (Montessori) is listed on the AITSL Website.
The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) undertakes the assessment and approval of early childhood qualifications. Both the Graduate Diploma of Education (Montessori) 3-6 and the Diploma of Education (Montessori) early childhood focus are on the approved ACECQA qualifications list.