About Us

The Montessori Training Center Northeast (MTCNE) was founded in 2003 to meet the urgent need for Montessori teacher training in the Northeastern United States and is rooted in Hartford, Connecticut. Since opening as an Association Montessori Interntationale (AMI) affiliate, the Training Center has served as a hub of activity within the Montessori community. In addition to supporting AMI diploma and certificate courses at the 0-3, 3-6, 6-12, and 12-18 levels, continuing education seminars and workshops, professional development and strategic planning for Montessori schools are among the many services the Training Center offers regularly. The Training Center serves as a central location for Montessori activities by offering support for alumni and area Montessori schools.

Managed by the Capitol Region Education Council, a regional educational service center located in Hartford, the Training Center works in partnership with the University of Hartford to offer degree programs with an AMI Montessori concentration. Furthermore, the Training Center works closely with the Center for Montessori Studies, an intellectual community of researchers and practitioners contributing to Montessori education and the broader implications of Dr. Maria Montessori’s theories on human development, learning, and social reform.

The Training Center has expanded over time and now operates national and international satellite training centers in collaboration with communities and partners seeking to increase access to quality Montessori training(s) in their region.

Specific AMI affiliated programs offered through MTCNE:

Dementia, Disability and Ageing

Teacher Training and Montessori Orientations

Sports Fundamentals

MTCNE holds accredited status for its Early Childhood and Elementary I-II Montessori teacher education certification course levels from the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE). MTCNE does not hold accredited status for its Infant and Toddler Montessori teacher education certification course level with MACTE.

What is Montessori?

Montessori is a developmental approach to learning that fosters independence and allows children to progress at their own pace. Montessori learning environments are carefully prepared to respond to the child’s innate drive to work and learn. Each environment is led by a carefully trained adult who guides each child on their own journey towards discovery and development. The child is offered lessons with beautiful and engaging materials that support their independent activity. Dr. Maria Montessori (1870 – 1952) developed her approach to education through her observation of children and what she recognized as their universal human tendencies and developmental needs. The Montessori Method has been practiced worldwide for over 100 years and continues to offer success and opportunity to all children.

The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI)

Dr. Maria Montessori founded the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) in 1929 to protect the integrity and completeness of her work and to guide its continued development and application in the interests of children throughout the world. AMI’s objectives are to maintain, propagate and further the ideas and principles of Dr. Montessori for the full development of the human being.

AMI Teacher Training Courses reflect these objectives by providing comprehensive and authentic Montessori pedagogy. The Montessori Training Center Northeast (MTCNE) is an AMI training center. AMI Teacher Trainers are master teachers with many years of classroom experience and have completed an intensive, internationally recognized “training of trainers” program to qualify as AMI Directors of Training.