Teaching In Australia

Becoming a Montessori Educator

Montessori programmes cater for children from birth to eighteen years of age and may be delivered in Montessori early childhood or school settings.  In most cases, educators will have qualifications for working with children (early childhood 3-6 years of age, primary 6-12 years of age, or secondary 12-18 years of age) as well as specialised Montessori training. 

Montessori Qualifications

The most highly regarded Montessori training is the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Montessori Diploma, which is internationally recognised for its high standard and authenticity.  AMI was founded in 1929 by Dr Maria Montessori, and is a global community that continues today to protect the integrity of her work and accredits training centres throughout the world.  The Australian Centre for Montessori Studies (ACMS) is authorised to deliver AMI training. 

ACMS offers two levels of Montessori courses:

  • AMI Montessori Certificate for Montessori Assistants
  • AMI Montessori Diploma for Montessori Educators 

Separate courses are available based on the age range of the children:

  • Assistants to Infancy (0-3 age)
  • Early Childhood (3-6 age)
  • Primary (6-12 age)

The AMI Montessori Early Childhood (3-6) Diploma is recognised as the equivalent diploma level qualification with the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). 

The newly opened Sydney Montessori Training Centre has recently been authorised by AMI to run the AMI Montessori Primary (6-12 years) Diploma course.

Another Montessori training centre in Australia is the Montessori Institute (formerly Montessori World Education Institute MWEI).  The Montessori Institute is accredited with TEQSA as a Non-University Provider of Higher Education and has a long history of providing quality, well recognised, Montessori qualifications nationally.  

Building Futures Education in Forest Lake, south of Brisbane provide early childhood and Montessori training courses.

In Australia, the government mandates the qualifications for educators, including all Montessori settings.

Early Childhood Educator Qualifications

The National Quality Framework (NQF) sets out minimum qualification requirements for educators working in early childhood education and care services.  The NQF is administered through the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).  The ACECQA website provides information on the approved qualifications and for assessment of existing and overseas qualifications.  

There are three main levels of educators, which apply to centre-based and family day care services from birth to preschool age:

  • Certificate III Level Educator
  • Diploma Level Educator
  • Early Childhood Teacher (ECT)

ACMS and Montessori Institute have approved courses endorsed by ACECQA (refer to the ACECQA Qualifications List on their website for details).  

Overseas Qualification Holders

Holders of an AMI Montessori 3-6 Diploma from other AMI international training centres are not automatically approved by ACECQA.  Those who have an AMI 3-6 Diploma will need to have additional early childhood qualifications, such as a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care (or Cert III in Children's Services).  With these two qualifications, they can apply for an ACECQA approved transcript through the Australian Centre for Montessori Studies (ACMS) entitling them to the diploma level qualification.  Please contact [email protected] for details.

All other Montessori qualifications must be assessed individually and additional early childhood qualifications will be required to work in Montessori early childhood settings.  Please refer to the ACECQA website for details.

Primary and Secondary Educator Qualifications 

Montessori educators teaching primary aged children should have relevant Montessori primary training, as well as a teaching degree and teacher registration in the state/territory that they intend to teach.  Each state/territory in Australia has a regulatory body, which mandates these teaching qualifications.  In general, the qualification will be a four year tertiary study such as a Bachelor of Education (Montessori training qualifications are not assessed as part of their teaching qualfications).  Please refer to the links below for teacher qualifications and registration details.

New South Wales

Northern Territory 

Queensland

South Australia

Australian Capital Territory

Victoria

Western Australia

Due to Australia's small number of Montessori secondary school programmes, there is no permanent Montessori secondary teacher training course in the country.  Great Work Inc. are the global provider for Montessori Adolescent teacher training.  

Job Opportunity

A listing of Montessori job opportunities is found on our website here