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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
  • $43,000

    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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Montessori Teacher Career Paths

Montessori Teacher
Lead Teacher Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Manager Project Manager
Principal
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Manager Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Nanny Team Leader Program Director
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Nanny Team Leader Training Manager
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Nanny Team Leader Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Kindergarten Teacher Special Education Teacher Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Kindergarten Teacher Preschool Lead Teacher Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Kindergarten Teacher Instructor Adjunct Professor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Tutor Adjunct Professor Assistant Principal
Vice Principal
8 Yearsyrs
Tutor Program Lead Assistant Director
School Director
6 Yearsyrs
Tutor Administrator Assistant Principal
Director Of Special Education
11 Yearsyrs
Spanish Teacher Math Teacher Education Consultant
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Spanish Teacher Adjunct Instructor Registered Nurse Supervisor
Home Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Spanish Teacher Adjunct Instructor Assistant Principal
Curriculum Director
8 Yearsyrs
Art Teacher 2nd Grade Teacher Preschool Lead Teacher
Lead Pre-K Teacher
5 Yearsyrs
Art Teacher Special Education Teacher Education Consultant
Student Dean
7 Yearsyrs
Art Teacher Special Education Assistant Preschool Lead Teacher
Child Care Director
5 Yearsyrs
Lead Toddler Teacher Director Center Director
Early Head Start Director
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Toddler Teacher
Early Childhood Specialist
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Group Teacher 3.9 years
Teacher 3.9 years
Headstart Teacher 3.7 years
Head Teacher 3.4 years
Montessori Teacher 3.0 years
Lead Teacher 2.8 years
Pre-K Teacher 2.7 years
Preschool Teacher 2.7 years
Teacher Associate 2.4 years
Kinder Teacher 2.4 years
Toddler Teacher 1.8 years
Co-Teacher 1.7 years
Infant Teacher 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Montessori Teacher
Teacher 21.9%
Internship 5.6%
Nanny 4.5%
Cashier 3.9%
Assistant 3.4%
Co-Teacher 2.3%
Tutor 2.2%
Top Careers After Montessori Teacher
Teacher 23.2%
Lead Teacher 10.1%
Nanny 6.8%
Director 4.6%
Tutor 3.3%
Internship 3.0%
Volunteer 2.6%
Server 2.0%
Co-Teacher 2.0%

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Average Yearly Salary
$43,000
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$34,000
Min 10%
$43,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
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Median 50%
$53,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
San Mateo
Highest Paying City
Levittown, NY
Highest Paying State
New York
Avg Experience Level
3.3 years
How much does a Montessori Teacher make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Montessori Teacher in the United States is $43,111 per year or $21 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $34,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $53,000.

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 Mar 10, 2016 $55,530
Montessori Teacher Bay Area Montessori Materials Inc. Santa Clara, CA Dec 21, 2016 $55,530
Montessori Teacher (Kindergarten) The Renaissance International School Oakland, CA Jan 13, 2016 $55,000
Montessori Teacher Ridgewood Montessori School Paramus, NJ Jul 31, 2016 $55,000
Montessori Teacher Montessori West, Inc. Fremont, CA Jan 03, 2015 $52,175
Montessori Teacher Mission Valley Montessori, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 17, 2015 $46,436
Montessori Teacher Montessori West, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 25, 2015 $46,436
Montessori Teacher Pacific Rim International School Emeryville, CA Feb 09, 2016 $46,250
Montessori Teacher Scribbles Montessori Inc. Fremont, CA Feb 09, 2016 $46,250
Lead Montessori Teacher Symona, Inc. Carrollton, TX Aug 16, 2016 $45,914
Lead Montessori Teacher Symona, Inc. Addison, TX Sep 08, 2016 $45,914
Lead Montessori Teacher Symona, Inc. Addison, TX Oct 02, 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

  1. Classroom Management
  2. Appropriate Curriculum
  3. OLD Children
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Leveraged creative classroom management techniques for developmental activities to ensure lesson plan goals were met.
  • Helped to develop age appropriate curriculum in regards to support classes, i.e.
  • Work with 3-6-year-old children and staff of seasoned Montessori Teachers.
  • Developed daily lesson plans for the early childhood program including integrated arts education.
  • Created integrated curriculum incorporating language arts, social studies and math curriculum to meet the individualized educational needs of the students.

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Top 10 Best States for Montessori Teachers

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  4. Vermont
  5. Delaware
  6. New York
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  8. Nevada
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Montessori Teacher Demographics

Gender

Female

75.0%

Unknown

17.1%

Male

8.0%
Ethnicity

White

57.3%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

9.8%

Unknown

6.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

48.2%

French

8.9%

Mandarin

8.9%

Italian

7.1%

German

5.4%

Japanese

5.4%

Chinese

3.6%

Portuguese

1.8%

Lithuanian

1.8%

Dutch

1.8%

Russian

1.8%

Hindi

1.8%

Cantonese

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%
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Montessori Teacher Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.0%

Florida Atlantic University

6.3%

Saint Catherine University

6.3%

Ashford University

6.3%

National University

5.0%

Xavier University

5.0%

Montgomery College

5.0%

Texas State University

5.0%

Loyola University Maryland

5.0%

Walden University

5.0%

Florida International University

5.0%

Louisiana Tech University

5.0%

Oakland University

5.0%

Chaminade University of Honolulu

3.8%

University of North Texas

3.8%

Michigan State University

3.8%

Illinois State University

3.8%

Arizona State University

3.8%

Texas Tech University

3.8%

Southeastern Louisiana University

3.8%
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Majors

Elementary Education

20.4%

Early Childhood Education

15.8%

Education

11.9%

Psychology

7.4%

English

5.8%

Business

5.1%

Human Development

4.9%

Fine Arts

3.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.3%

Educational Leadership

2.7%

Nursing

2.5%

Liberal Arts

2.3%

Special Education

2.3%

Social Work

2.1%

Sociology

1.9%

School Counseling

1.6%

Communication

1.6%

Criminal Justice

1.6%

General Studies

1.4%

Biology

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

35.3%

Masters

24.0%

Other

19.8%

Certificate

7.9%

Associate

7.2%

Diploma

4.0%

Doctorate

1.3%

License

0.6%
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