Become an MPS Montessori Teacher

Milwaukee residents enjoy the option of public Montessori education for their children. This city has the most public Montessori schools in the country.  The current MPS school board is exploring ways to open more Montessori schools- and that means that MPS will need more Montessori teachers.  Trained Montessori teachers is one of the requirements for Montessori schools.   Milwaukee is fortunate to have a Montessori training center, the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee, for both Primary and Elementary levels.  Also, the Milwaukee Teacher’s Education Center (MTEC) helps provide state certification. Both trainings are necessary. This is a good opportunity to get world class training, and solid experience in the educational job market.

As MPS expands the number of Montessori schools, the need for trained teachers will increase.  Every year new teachers will be hired and placed into these new schools.  According to the current trends, there will be full time teaching positions open every year.  Learn how about how to take advantage of this opportunity and become a Montessori trained and state certified teacher for the Milwaukee Public Schools.

The Montessori Institute of Milwaukee (MIM) has a choice of training offerings.  The next course begins November 27.  A Primary Diploma (for working with children ages 3 -6) will be earned upon successful completion of this course.  The schedule focuses on weekend and evening times to accomodate the schedules of working adults:

2012     Nov.27th -Dec. 19th:            evening schedule

2013     March 12th – June 15th:       evening schedule

2013     June 17th – August 23rd:      All day schedule

2014     Jan. 18 –  20:                           All day schedule  (3 days winter seminar)

2014     June 23rd – July 25th:          All day schedule

Evening schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday 5:00pm – 8:30 pm,  Saturday 9:00 am – 4:15 pm

All day schedule:  Monday – Friday  9:00 – 4:15 pm

A person could start this training in November and be teaching in a classroom as soon as the Fall of 2013.  A student hired by MPS can do their required six week student teaching in their own classroom with supervision by a Montessori teacher during the 2013-14 school year.  The five weeks in the summer of 2014 will be review for final exams and finals.

All current MPS teachers are eligble for a $5,000 tuition reimbursement. Teachers who are hired by MPS will also qualify for the $5,000 tuition reimbursement.  Finanical aid is available as well.

Please visit MIM online to apply or for more information:, or contact Allyn Travis, Executive Director by phone at 481-5050 or by email at

MTEC offers state certification for teachers hired and placed by MPS, but are not state certified.  MTEC (Milwaukee Teacher’s Education Center) can be found online at  Visit their site for more information about the application process and requirements.  MTEC mentors and supports new teachers in the classroom for one year.   Successful completion of the MTEC program results in a state certified teaching license.  A teacher can apply for the MTEC certification program after successful completion of the Montessori training.

On a personal note, I came to MPS with my training but without state certification.  I participated in the MTEC program and found it to be both supportive and helpful.  I was able to apply my knowledge and experience of Montessori to the requirements for the state license within the context of my teaching placement.  I did not have to take extra classes.  I also had the extra support of one on one mentoring from an experience MPS Montessori teacher. By the end of the year, I had made supportive connections as well as getting my state certification.

The Montessori community in Milwaukee is a an active and growing community.  Montessori schools are among the most successful schools in the district. Milwaukee is a wonderful place to be right now for people who are interested in joining the field of education.


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Post By Lisa (2 Posts)

I have been a Montessori trained teacher for the past twelve years. I have a Master's Degree in Education with an emphasis in Montessori. I currently work with parents as a parent coach through individual coaching and classes. My passion is connecting the children to the world through the Montessori method of education so that is what I will be writing about. Please let me know your questions and thoughts.

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  1. Kelly says:

    Hello Lisa, my name is Kelly. The librarian at the school that I teach at gave me a copy of the Compass and circled your new blog ad! My husband and I are opening a small daycare/ preschool here in Milwaukee, that emphasized Maria Montessori’s philosophies. We are looking to fill four positions, full time and part time for next fall 2013. One of the positions will be an administration position. I understand you have been involved with Montessori schooling for many years now…. If you come across some good candidates, or know someone who might be interested in a long term career, can you give them my contact information?

    Thank you so much.

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