NOTE: The quantity of pre-reading assignments makes early registration highly advantageous to the student. You will be able to get started on summer work as soon as your registration is completed.

The program is open to qualified applicants regardless of ethnicity, sex, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or being differently-abled.

Admission Requirements

  1. Evidence of a sincere desire to work with children and the necessary interest, maturity, patience, responsibility, and academic competence to master the Montessori pedagogy and to handle the physical, mental and emotional demands of the teacher preparation course and eventually those of leading a class at the appropriate level.
  2. A Bachelor’s degree is required for all course levels. Students may be admitted at Infant Toddler or Early Childhood levels without a four-year degree. When they complete the course, they are given an Associate Early Childhood credential. Should they later complete a bachelor’s degree they may obtain a full credential by submitting an official transcript to AMS with the required fee. AMS strongly encourages holders of the Associate credential to obtain a bachelor’s degree within seven years of receiving credential. There are some universities who will grant credit toward that degree for MEIPN course work.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. Some assignments will require video recording.

Elementary: Additional Admission Requirements

  1. An approved Early Childhood credential, from our program or a comparable one, or attendance at an introductory course for the Early Childhood level prior to taking the Elementary I training. If you have a credential from any MACTE-accredited Early Childhood course, you will have satisfied this requirement. If you have had a non-MACTE accredited course, an assessment of your background will be made by the Director.
  2. Students applying for Elementary II must hold an approved Elementary I credential.
  3. 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.