Admissions and Acceptance Process

  1. Gather information: Read MEIPN Student Catalog attend info sessions, or have conversation with course directors
  2. Read admissions requirements in MEIPN Student Catalog
  3. Assemble and submit application materials and fee - allow a minimum of two weeks to process
  4. Interview - MEIPN will schedule this with you
  5. Notification -MEIPN will notify you of acceptance decision by email.

Admissions Requirements

Personal Characteristics

Teaching is a most fulfilling calling with enormous impact on society. However, it comes with mental, emotional and physical demands. Successful teachers will possess:

  • Love of children and desire to work with them
  • Self-awareness
  • Flexibility
  • Patience
  • Maturity and personal responsibility
  • Academic competence
  • Good health


Infant Toddler and Early Childhood Only

An Associate Credential is available only at these levels if you do not have your Bachelor's Degree. See MEIPN Student Catalog.

Degrees Awarded Outside the US

If your degree was obtained outside the US, it must be evaluated for equivalency to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. See MEIPN Student Catalog, p. 28

Official transcript evaluations must be received in the MEIPN office 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the course.  

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

A TOEFL test is required if your higher education degree was not in English. The applicant is responsible for registering, taking, and the cost of the TOEFL. Test results must be less than 2 years old.

Passing scores are as follows:

  • TOEFL iBT (Internet based): 92 or higher,
  • TOEFL PBT (Paper-based): 580 or higher. 

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.  

Read this guide to our process Information for Nonimmigrant Students Enrolling From a Foreign Country

Admission decisions are based on your application, your ability to secure an approved practicum site, and your ability to complete the course without additional support for English Language Learning, which MEIPN does not provide. 

Child Development Requirement

Early Childhood and Elementary levels only:

College transcript verifying completion of a 3-to-5 credit college level course in Child Development is required. For further details see “Child Development” under Course Descriptions in the MEIPN Student Catalog

Tech Requirements

Access to a computer, printer 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,

► An approved Elementary-I credential is required prior to taking E-II.

►  Washington state law requires teachers of elementary children in  public schools to hold a valid state teaching credential for the age level and subject they teach. Our programs do not lead 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.
  • Two recommendation forms (download form from Resource tab of the website). 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; both 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.
  • Degree equivalency evaluation if degree was earned in a foreign country.
  • 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.