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Why study with us?


We have been offering quality Montessori training for over 40 years.


The Graduate Diploma of Education (Montessori) and the Diploma of Education (Montessori) are the only Montessori courses that are accredited with the Higher Education regulator, TEQSA. As a Registered Training Organisation RTO 45937, we also provide the nationally accredited CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (Montessori) and the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (Montessori).  This means that graduates can work in schools and centres anywhere in Australia with our qualifications. This is not the same for all Montessori courses, so check what your qualification will allow you to do before enrolment. See our listings below.

See our Higher Education Provider Registration and accredited qualifications on TEQSA

See our Registered Training Organisation listing on

Teacher registration

Our Graduate Diploma of Education (Montessori) 3-6 and 6-12 is accredited as an Initial Teacher Education course. It is the only Montessori course in Australia that allows graduates to register as a teacher for both Montessori and Mainstream schools, nationwide.

See our accredited Graduate Diploma of Education (Montessori) qualification on the AITSL listing

ACECQA registration

Our Graduate Diploma of Education (3-6) and Diploma of Education (0-3, 3-6) are the only Montessori courses in Australia that are currently approved by ACECQA, which means our graduates can work in Montessori schools and centres anywhere in Australia with the necessary approved qualification.

See our accredited qualifications on ACECQA listing

Enrolments and study

Students can commence enrolments throughout the year and can choose to study part-time or full-time to ensure a manageable work/study balance. Enrolled students receive a study guide that outlines all the elements of the course and a curriculum guide, which compliments the workshops by providing in-depth knowledge and step-by-step instruction on the Montessori materials and lessons. Students have access to library resources and an online learning management system (Moodle) to support their studies.

Blended Study Program

All Montessori Institute courses are delivered in a flexible, modular format. The courses consist of blended study which includes attendance at face-to-face workshops in Australia, written assignments, professional experience and a final written and practical exam (specific courses only).


Most workshops are offered in every state. The workshops provide the opportunity to meet fellow students (and non-students) whilst learning how to use and practice with the Montessori materials.

Our Lecturers

Our lecturers are all highly qualified and experienced Montessori teachers. Most are still teaching, and some have been principals of schools. Teaching staff hold either PhD or Masters level qualifications and many have specialisations.

Your Tutor

Upon enrolment, students are allocated a tutor who offers advice and assistance with the written component of the course. The service of the tutor is an extremely important aspect of our study programme. Each tutor has been carefully selected and has a minimum of a Montessori Diploma and a number of years of teaching experience using the Montessori method of education. With this experience, your tutor is well-equipped to answer your questions, offer suggestions, and provide advice throughout your course.

Supervised Professional Experience

Most Montessori Institute courses require a set period of professional experience in an approved school or centre with a qualified supervising teacher.

Professional experience is flexible and some weeks may be completed at your place of employment (maximum 3 weeks). Full-time or part-time classroom experience is acceptable, with the exception of the Graduate Diploma which requires a final 4-week block.


Our founders, Margaret Homfray and Phoebe Childs trained with Dr Montessori and translated her lectures for her. Montessori asked them to run her London training centre, St Nicholas, whilst she was exiled in India and then gave her approval for them to commence a correspondence course to spread her work globally.

To complete your studies, you will need to have access to:

  • A computer (PC or Mac) with 5 mbps+ Internet (ADSL 2+)
  • Latest Adobe Flash Player Latest Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Latest Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel
  • A local Montessori school to complete Professional Experience
  • Recording devices, such as a smartphone, camera or video recorder**Graduate Diploma students only