Montessori teacher education programs leading to Internationally recognized certification by PAMS offer candidates an accredited program, and the opportunity to develop new insights into how children actually develop and learn.
Teacher Candidates learn a Teaching Philosophy Centered on Honoring the Child
Teacher candidates learn that respect for the child’s inner teacher serves as the integrating principle for the effective education of young children. Teacher candidates learn the importance of the prepared environment as the third essential element in the teaching learning equation. They discover that the sensitive periods are the most powerful times for learning. They also come to understand that these principles are an essential part of the research based Conceptual Framework which serves as the foundation for the implementation of a proven Scientific System of Education for young children.
Emphasis on Practicum
Candidates are supervised during a practicum with children in Montessori schools in fulfillment of the requirements of PAMS and the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) which accredits PAMS courses of study.
Montessori Diploma Credibility
One basic consideration is the credibility of the diploma received upon completion. Since 1990, the United States Department of Education has recognized the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE). Accreditation by MACTE is recognized as the essential sign of a program’s credibility. PAMS Montessori Teacher Education Program is accredited by the MACTE Commission on Accreditation, just as are the American Montessori Society (AMS), the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), and the Montessori Educational Programs International (MEPI), among others.
PAMS is a charter member of the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education, (MACTE).
The PAMS Montessori Teacher Education Center at Kennesaw State University is the only MACTE accredited program in the state of Georgia. Learn more about MACTE >
Interactive Supporting Materials
Candidates receive from three to six Teachers’ Manuals electronically in each program and are able to use their notebook computers in class to type in a description of the teaching/learning strategies and materials presentations that are being modeled before them by their PAMS Instructors. This approach provides teacher candidates with a unique opportunity to learn the Montessori System of education as well as the reasons behind each one of the presentations.