Teacher Montessori training program

The College of Modern Montessori

At The College of Modern Montessori, we provide internationally-accredited training courses for those who want to become qualified early childhood Montessori teachers. Once candidates have obtained their diplomas they are able to teach at Montessori schools, use the unique and proven methodology in their own homes, and even open their own Montessori schools. A Montessori teacher is known as a Directress, which is representative of the role she plays in guiding motivated exploration and discovery.
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The School of Modern Montessori

Your children’s early education impacts the rest of their lives, which makes choosing the right school one of the most crucial decisions you will ever make. Ideally, you want a school that provides holistic education that includes academic and practical real-life skills and which promotes independent and creative thinking. Montessori schools are built on these principles.

Welcome to Modern Montessori

Established in 1981.

The Modern Montessori Group is comprised of The College of Modern Montessori, which specialises in Montessori teacher training, and The School of Modern Montessori, which provides Montessori pre-primary and Montessori primary school education for children from 3 months to 12 years old.

In 2020, as result  of requests from  parents, we commenced our Cambridge high school, with our first cohort of students expected to write their IGCSE exams in November 0f 2022.

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Celebrating four decades of training excellence

Inspiring new thinking about education and the nature of childhood.

The Montessori Method

The cornerstone of the Montessori Method is that children are to be respected for their uniqueness. There never has been and there never will be another child exactly like your child. It stands to reason, then, that your child won’t learn in exactly the same way and at exactly the same pace as other children. The Modern Montessori Method is designed to unlock the potential in each child so that they can grow cognitively, emotionally, socially, physically and psychologically. It doesn’t restrict children to the rigid agendas and processes used in traditional schools; instead it recognises the intrinsic value and worth of each individual child.

Children have an innate curiosity about the world they inhabit. Modern Montessori Methods encourage them to explore this world in a carefully-prepared learning environment that responds to their need to learn and grow by exposing them to materials and experiences that stimulate intelligence and promote physical and psychological development.

Almost all instruction at a Montessori school takes place on a one-on-one basis. This allows the directress to become familiar with and nurture the unique characteristics of each child. Individual didactic materials are always provided during group lessons to allow children to learn at their own pace. Lessons are short, concise, direct and aimed at enhancing the child’s self-worth.

Modern Montessori relies on specially designed didactic apparatus for every period of childhood development, beginning with simple learning tools for toddlers and then gradually moving on to more complex materials. Each piece or set of equipment is designed to provide the child with a clear-cut experience and then gradually lead to more complicated tasks.

At Modern Montessori schools the child is guided to make free and intelligent choices. All learning materials are placed within the child’s reach and the general classroom environment is bright and comprised of living things such as plants and pets, which the child learns to care for. The Montessori Method groups children vertically into three-year-cycle age groups: two-and-a-half to six years old; six to nine years old; and nine to twelve years old. This family-type structure encourages younger children to learn from older ones, and encourages the older children to be role models for their younger counterparts. It also creates a pervasive context of security, as learners remain under the care of one directress for a longer period of time.

Since the emphasis is on learning rather than teaching, the directress plays an enabling role. As such, she prepares and maintains the classroom to ensure that everything needed is within the children’s reach. She is consistently available to respond to the needs of her learners and serves as a positive and inspiring role model who guides them towards self-study, independence, and self-confidence.

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What Our Students Say

Ikeoluwa Ayansina Student

I loved it! I loved the mode of teaching in a calm and friendly atmosphere, so warm and accepting. I’m glad I received my Montessori training from The College Of Modern Montessori. I would recommend the College of Modern Montessori to anyone, and wish the College success in their future endeavours.

Lindsay Hunt Student

The assignments were insightful and teaching prac was a blast! I have made new friends and have grown in confidence throughout the year.

Saaliha Aboobaker Student

I really loved learning about Montessori Philosophy. The course has taught me great understanding of both theory and practical Montessori teaching. The course was very informative, and it has developed me into a disciplined, hardworking individual

Bafedi Moruthane Student

A well of information, practical and beneficial for life.

Maria Chuene Student

A perfect course that is vital for the whole development of the child. A very hands-on course, informative, well planned and organised.

Katja Müller Student

A memorable and worthwhile course I am glad I attended. It has taught me many valuable skills that I will put to use throughout my life.

Liliana Borges Student

I loved the environment of the lecture room, and the lecturer. An amazing course, I had a great experience, thanks so much for the opportunity.

Mishal Khan Student

I enjoyed the whole course, especially learning about the psychology and development of the child, and the challenge of producing quality work on time.


Be aware that some Montessori training organisations are claiming to have international accreditation. It is therefore important that you check the authenticity of their claims. When enrolling on a Montessori Teacher Training Programme, ensure that you verify the courses claims to accreditation. The College Of Modern Montessori is the ONLY Montessori Teacher Training Institution in South Africa to be internationally accredited by an independent accreditation board: MACTE (Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education). Please be aware that an affiliation to an international institution is not the same as accreditation by an independent body. 

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