Admissions and Acceptance Process

  1. Gather information about the course: read MEIPN Student Catalog, attend info sessions, or have conversation with course directors
  2. Review admissions requirements in MEIPN Student Catalog
  3. Assemble and submit application materials and fee - allow a minimum of two weeks to process
  4. MEIPN then schedules your interview via Zoom
  5. Acceptance decision and enrollment contract are sent via e-mail
  6. You may not start class until the contract is returned and tuition is paid per agreement

Admissions Requirements

Personal Characteristics

Evidence of a sincere desire to work with children is essential. Consider also if you have the necessary maturity, patience, responsibility, and academic competence to handle the physical, mental, and emotional demands of the teacher preparation course and eventually those of leading a class at the appropriate level.


A bachelor’s degree is required for all course levels for a full credential. An associate credential is available for those who do not have their bachelor’s degree at the Infant Toddler and Early Childhood levels as described in the MEIPN Student Catalog. Elementary candidates must hold a B.A.

International Degree Holders

Applicants who received most of their high school and college education outside the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the United Kingdom are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Passing scores are as follows: TOEFL iBT (Internet based): 92 or higher, TOEFL PBT (Paper-based): 580 or higher. The applicant is responsible for registering, taking, and the cost of the TOEFL. Test results must be less than 2 years old.

International Students Who Require An F-1 VISA

The institute is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. MEIPN can issue I-20s to qualified foreign national students who enroll; however, once an I-20 is issued, these students must obtain their own student visa.  

Download and read this guide to the process Information for Nonimmigrant Students Enrolling From a Foreign Country

All admission decisions for international students are based on each student’s individual application, their ability to secure an approved practicum site, and their ability to complete the course without additional support for English Language Learning, which MEIPN does not provide. 

Child Development Requirement

For Early Childhood and Elementary levels only: completion of a 3-to-5 credit college level course in Child Development within the past five years verified by college transcript. For further details on this requirement, see “Child Development” under Course Descriptions.

Tech Requirements

Access to a computer and internet connection, an e-mail account, basic computer skills, including e-mail, internet usage, facility with downloading and uploading documents, word processing, and presentations. You will need to record videos, but a smartphone works well.

Elementary: Additional Admission Requirements

► An MACTE accredited Early Childhood credential or attendance at an Overview course for the Early Childhood level prior to taking the Elementary I training.

► Students applying for Elementary II must hold an approved Elementary I credential.

► Please note that although it is not an admission requirement, Washington state law requires that teachers of elementary age children in all public schools hold a valid teaching credential for the age level and subject they teach. MEIPN does not offer a program leading to Washington state teaching certification.

What to Submit - All Levels

  • A typed statement (400 to 500 words) describing why you are interested in Montessori education and why you have decided to become a Montessori professional for the age level you have chosen.
  • Two typed observation reports, each two-pages long; include comments of your observations of the students, the environment, and the teachers in each of the two Montessori classrooms at the level you are applying to study. If currently working in a Montessori school, at least one of the observations must be at a different school.
  • Three recommendation forms (download form from website hyperlink) from persons who can attest to your interest in children and your maturity, patience, leadership, personal responsibility, and academic competence to handle the demands of a college level teacher preparation course; at least two of these should be professional recommendations.
  • A completed MEIPN application.
  • Application/Registration fee.
  • Official transcript of highest level of education.
  • Your Montessori Early Childhood Credential, if you have one.
  • Students whose bachelor’s degree was awarded in a foreign country must have their degree evaluated for equivalency to a U.S. degree and provide that evaluation to MEIPN. See MEIPN Student Catalog for information.
  • TOEFL scores, if applicable.
  • Early Childhood and Elementary only: transcript of your 3 to 5 credit Child Development course if not included on your official transcript.
  • Elementary I credential if applying for Elementary II.