Admission Requirements

Pre-Requirements for Early Childhood Course Admission

  1. A High School Diploma or its equivalent and Minimum age of 18 years.
  2. Proof of experience working with children for a minimum of 4 years.
  3. A Candidate, also, can hold a college degree in any field and no previous teaching experience or background in education is required.
  4. Personal interview with the Director or Studies.
  5. No testing is required for admission to take any of the subjects of this course.
  6. An Adult Learner Student is accepted as long as all requirements are in compliance.

Admissions process cannot be completed until we have received:

  • Application and Non-Refundable Registration Fee
  • Two official copies of your college or high school transcripts
  • A copy of any Montessori Diploma previously received
  • Options and Agreement of Internship sites for duration of one school year.

Pre-Requisites To Qualify For ICME Inc. Diploma

Upon successful completion of the Academic and Internship phases, the appropriate Montessori Diploma is awarded to the student in recognition of having successfully completed all requirements of the course and passed the written and oral examination of the International Center for Montessori Education Inc.   

  • Fulfillment of financial responsibilities
  • Complete attendance of all lecture-demonstrations
  • A total of a least 60 hours of supervised practice
  • Completion of 1,000 of paid Internship or the duration of one school year.
  • Presentation of written Home Studies on Montessori Psychology, Methodology and Philosophy.
  • Completion of all Montessori Manuals.

Notice Of Non–Discrimination

ICME Inc. admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights privileges, and activities accorded or made available to students at the training center.  ICME Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarships and loan programs.

Schedule And Duration Of Course

Normal hours of operation:

  • Lessons are taught in a period of six months/ 24 weeks of lectures
  • 24 weeks for externship 

This time element does include the hours of Practicum Required. Maximum amount of interns/externs per course at any one time is 30.

Students have the choice to attend either of the two following schedules for both courses:

  • Saturdays
    10:00 am – 2:00 pm | 4 Hours per week
  • Saturdays
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Practicum and Supervised Practice Hours


There are sponsorships for training available for students who qualify for employment.  A list and information about different schools in the area that offer sponsorships are available in the student handbook.  Scholarships are also available for candidates that qualify.

Internships or Externships are the same and are paid or volunteer positions depending on the school and the Externship Agreement made at the school.

Please note, if your practicum is in the Training Center Site it is considered an Internship.

If your practicum is in another school approved by ICME Inc., then your practice is considered an Externship.


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