Montessori School Accreditation in Canada:
Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA)
CCMA serves to represent Montessori in Canada and also seeks to make good schools even better through the accreditation process. Tall Pines School was one of the first schools to go through the rigorous accreditation process by CCMA in 1997. Only about 20 schools in Canada have gone through and passed the accreditation process, thus indicating that provide a program meeting the standards of the Montessori philosophy. As of April 24, 2002, Tall Pines School has become the first Montessori school in Canada to be re-accredited. The third accreditation is scheduled for the 2006 / 2007 school year. This indicates our dedication to and fulfillment of the Montessori standards.
Elaine Flett, Jan Zaharchuk and Deb Johnson serve as accreditors of other schools in the accreditation process. The goal of the accreditation process is “To make good schools better.” Mrs. Flett serves as a mentor to many who are going through the process of opening or building their school.
Teacher Licensing Bodies:
Association Montessori Internationale (AMI)
AMI was organized in 1929 by Dr. Maria Montessori . It now provides certification for teachers and copyright control of her published writings. It has a training centre in Toronto (Foundation for Montessori Education), sites in the U.S. and around the world.
American Montessori Society (AMS) AMS was set up in the 1950's in an effort to revive Montessori education in the United States. In past years, an AMS training site, was held at Tall Pines School through the Centre for Montessori Education of New York. www.cmteny.com
Sheridan College (Oakville) (3-6) and the Canadian Montessori Academy in Ottawa (Toddler to 9) offer AMS credentials in Canada.
Toronto Montessori Institute (TMI) Toronto Montessori Institute offers both full and part time Montessori teacher training at the Toddler (18 months to 3 years), Casa(3 to 6 years) and Elementary (6 to 12 years) level at its Bayview Avenue location.
Teacher Training Accreditation
In 1992, a Montessori accrediting agency known as “Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education” MACTE was formed. It is an umbrella organization for teacher training programs such as AMI,AMS, TMI etc.
Organizations for Teachers:
Canadian Association of Montessori Teachers (CAMT) CAMT is a national organization devoted to excellence in teaching. Its goals are to promote the interests of Montessori teachers, to advance the standards of the profession and to seek to improve the quality of Montessori education in Canada.
Full membership is available to teachers with a diploma from a Montessori training institute. Associate membership is open to Montessori teaching assistants, administrators, student teachers and other education related professionals.
North American Montessori Teacher Association(NAMTA)
NAMTA is an affiliate organization of AMI. It was founded in 1970 as an organization of Montessori teachers, administrators, and interested parents throughout North America. Its purpose is to maintain Montessori traditions and, at the same time, to be on the cutting edge of innovative education.
International Montessori Council (IMC)
IMC publishes magazines for parents, teachers and administrators. It has a marvelous website with a great deal of information for both teachers and parents and publishes books of interest to all.