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Working As A Montessori Teacher

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • $39,598

    Average Salary

What Does A Montessori Teacher Do

Preschool teachers educate and care for children younger than age 5 who have not yet entered kindergarten. They teach reading, writing, science, and other subjects in a way that young children can understand.

Duties

Preschool teachers typically do the following:

  • Teach children basic skills such as color, shape, number, and letter recognition
  • Work with children in groups or one on one, depending on the needs of children and the subject matter
  • Plan and carry out a curriculum that targets different areas of child development, such as language, motor, and social skills
  • Organize activities so children can learn about the world, explore interests, and develop skills
  • Develop schedules and routines to ensure children have enough physical activity, rest, and playtime
  • Watch for signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and bring them to the attention of the parents
  • Keep records of the students’ progress, routines, and interests, and inform parents about their child’s development

Young children learn from playing, problem solving, questioning, and experimenting. Preschool teachers use play and other instructional techniques to teach children about the world. For example, they use storytelling and rhyming games to teach language and vocabulary. They may help improve children’s social skills by having them work together to build a neighborhood in a sandbox or teach math by having children count when building with blocks.

Preschool teachers work with children from different ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds. Teachers include topics in their lessons to teach children to respect people of different backgrounds and cultures.

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How To Become A Montessori Teacher

Education and training requirements vary based on settings and state regulations. They range from a high school diploma and certification to a college degree.

Education

In childcare centers, preschool teachers generally are required to have a least a high school diploma and a certification in early childhood education. However, employers may prefer to hire workers with at least some postsecondary education in early childhood education.

Preschool teachers in Head Start programs are required to have at least an associate’s degree. However, at least 50 percent of all preschool teachers in Head Start programs nationwide must have a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a related field. Those with a degree in a related field must have experience teaching preschool-age children.

In public schools, preschool teachers are generally required to have at least a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a related field. Bachelor’s degree programs teach students about children’s development, strategies to teach young children, and how to observe and document children’s progress.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some states require preschool teachers to obtain the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential offered by the Council for Professional Recognition. Obtaining the CDA credential requires coursework, experience in the field, a written exam, and observation of the candidate working with children. The CDA credential is valid for three years and requires renewal.

Some states recognize the Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) designation offered by the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation. Some of the requirements needed to obtain the CCP include that the candidate must be 18 years old, have a high school diploma, have experience in the field, take courses in early childhood education, and pass an exam. The CCP accreditation requires renewal every two years through the CCP maintenance process.

In public schools, preschool teachers must be licensed to teach early childhood education, which covers preschool through third grade. Requirements vary by state, but they generally require a bachelor’s degree and passing an exam to demonstrate competency. Most states require teachers to complete continuing education credits to maintain their license.

Other Experience

A few states require preschool teachers to have some work experience in a childcare setting. The amount of experience necessary varies by state. In these cases, preschool teachers often start out as childcare workers or teacher assistants.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Preschool teachers need good communication skills to talk to parents and colleagues about students’ progress. They need good writing and speaking skills to convey this information effectively. They must also be able to communicate well with small children.

Creativity. Preschool teachers must plan lessons that engage young students. In addition, they need to adapt their lessons to suit different learning styles.

Interpersonal skills. Preschool teachers must understand children’s emotional needs and be able to develop good relationships with parents, children, and colleagues.

Organizational skills. Teachers need to be organized to plan lessons and keep records of their students.

Patience. Working with children can be frustrating, and preschool teachers should be able to respond calmly to overwhelming and difficult situations.

Physical stamina. Working with children can be physically taxing, so preschool teachers should have a lot of energy.

Advancement

Experienced preschool teachers can advance to become the director of a preschool or childcare center or a lead teacher, who may be responsible for the instruction of several classes. Those with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education frequently are qualified to teach kindergarten through grade 3, in addition to preschool. Teaching positions at these higher grades typically pay more. For more information, see the profiles on preschool and childcare center directors and kindergarten and elementary school teachers.

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Average Length of Employment
Teacher 3.8 years
Group Teacher 3.6 years
Master Teacher 3.5 years
Head Teacher 3.3 years
Montessori Teacher 3.0 years
Head Start Teacher 3.0 years
Junior Teacher 2.9 years
Preschool Teacher 2.7 years
Lead Teacher 2.7 years
Pre-K Teacher 2.6 years
Teacher Associate 2.4 years
Nursery Teacher 2.1 years
Gymnasium Teacher 1.8 years
Toddler Teacher 1.8 years
Teacher Assistant 1.8 years
Floater Teacher 1.3 years
Teacher Internship 0.8 years
Top Employers Before
Teacher 16.7%
Lead Teacher 10.4%
Internship 6.9%
Nanny 5.9%
Co-Teacher 2.8%
Cashier 2.1%
Assistant 2.1%
Top Employers After
Teacher 22.5%
Director 5.5%
Tutor 4.7%
Nanny 4.7%
Co-Teacher 4.0%
Internship 3.6%
Consultant 3.2%
Educator 2.4%
Owner 2.0%

Montessori Teacher Demographics

Gender

Female

89.1%

Male

7.1%

Unknown

3.8%
Ethnicity

White

73.2%

Hispanic or Latino

11.6%

Asian

10.0%

Unknown

4.6%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.2%

French

11.8%

German

8.8%

Japanese

5.9%

Mandarin

5.9%

Italian

5.9%

Portuguese

2.9%

Lithuanian

2.9%

Chinese

2.9%

Dutch

2.9%

Hindi

2.9%

Tamil

2.9%

Sinhala

2.9%
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Montessori Teacher Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.2%

Loyola University Maryland

8.2%

Florida Atlantic University

8.2%

Cuyahoga Community College

6.1%

Ashford University

6.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.1%

Louisiana Tech University

4.1%

Western Michigan University

4.1%

Pacific Oaks College

4.1%

Barry University

4.1%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.1%

Chaminade University of Honolulu

4.1%

Texas Tech University

4.1%

Saint Joseph's College, New York

4.1%

Marquette University

4.1%

Texas State University

4.1%

Kent State University

4.1%

California State University - East Bay

4.1%

Baylor University

4.1%

Mississippi State University

4.1%
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Majors

Elementary Education

19.0%

Early Childhood Education

15.0%

Education

12.4%

Psychology

11.1%

English

6.2%

Fine Arts

5.3%

Human Development

4.9%

Business

4.4%

Criminal Justice

2.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.2%

Nursing

2.2%

Liberal Arts

2.2%

Teaching Assistants/Aides

1.8%

Marketing

1.8%

General Studies

1.8%

Educational Leadership

1.8%

Sociology

1.3%

Communication Disorders Sciences

1.3%

Computer Science

1.3%

Human Resources Management

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.4%

Masters

25.6%

Other

23.2%

Certificate

7.2%

Associate

6.1%

Diploma

3.1%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.3%
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Real Montessori Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Montessori Teacher The Maria Montessori School Levittown, NY Jan 04, 2016 $66,784
Montessori Teacher The Maria Montessori School Levittown, NY Jan 04, 2016 $63,620
Montessori Teacher The Maria Montessori School Levittown, NY Jan 04, 2016 $62,610 -
$73,045
Montessori Teacher Bowman International School Palo Alto, CA Sep 28, 2016 $60,717
Elementary Bilingual Montessori Teacher Latin American Montessori Bilingual PCS Washington, DC Jan 08, 2016 $60,000
Montessori Teacher Leport Educational Institute, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 10, 2015 $58,000
Montessori Teacher Bay Area Montessori Materials Inc. Santa Clara, CA Mar 05, 2016 $55,530
Montessori Teacher Bay Area Montessori Materials Inc. Santa Clara, CA Dec 21, 2016 $55,530
Montessori Teacher Bay Area Montessori Materials Inc. Santa Clara, CA Mar 10, 2016 $55,530
Montessori Teacher Ridgewood Montessori School Paramus, NJ Jul 31, 2016 $55,000
Montessori Teacher (Kindergarten) The Renaissance International School Oakland, CA Jan 13, 2016 $55,000
Montessori Teacher Montessori West, Inc. Fremont, CA Jan 03, 2015 $52,175
Montessori Teacher Montessori West, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 25, 2015 $46,436
Montessori Teacher Mission Valley Montessori, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 17, 2015 $46,436
Montessori Teacher Scribbles Montessori Inc. Fremont, CA Feb 09, 2016 $46,250
Montessori Teacher Pacific Rim International School Emeryville, CA Feb 09, 2016 $46,250
Lead Montessori Teacher Symona, Inc. Addison, TX Jul 12, 2015 $45,914
Lead Montessori Teacher Symona, Inc. Addison, TX Sep 08, 2016 $45,914
Lead Montessori Teacher Symona, Inc. Carrollton, TX Aug 16, 2016 $45,914
Lead Montessori Teacher Breckinridge Montessori School Richardson, TX Mar 07, 2016 $43,110
Montessori Teacher Leport Educational Institute, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 20, 2016 $43,050
Lead Montessori Teacher Symona, Inc. Addison, TX Jul 12, 2015 $42,679
Montessori Children's House Teacher M W Montessori, Inc. El Paso, TX Nov 17, 2016 $42,474
Montessori Teacher Symona, Inc. DBA Mona Montessori Academy Addison, TX Nov 01, 2016 $42,170
Montessori Teacher Montessori School of Syracuse Syracuse, NY Nov 09, 2016 $42,157

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Top Skills for A Montessori Teacher

ClassroomEnvironmentCurriculumPlanningChildCareLessonPlansBasicSignLanguageMathematicsPracticalLifePre-KindergartenMontessoriMethodToddlerClassroomGeographyLearningEnvironmentMontessoriPhilosophyAssistantTeacherParentEducationSuperviseSpecialNeedsOLDClassroomSafeEnvironmentClassroomManagement

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Top Montessori Teacher Skills

  1. Classroom Environment
  2. Curriculum Planning
  3. Child Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created and maintained a productive classroom environment.
  • Developed daily lesson plans for the early childhood program including integrated arts education.
  • Served as Coordinator for an all-school, hands-on festival exploring creative applications of mathematics.
  • Planned Practical Life lessons for each student.
  • Help out with Montessori learning lessons for toddlers and pre-kindergarten children.

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