April 2015
New MACTE Board Member! newboard

We are happy to welcome  Dr.  Floyd Creech  as our newest MACTE Board Member!  Floyd is currently the Program Director of Palmetto Montessori Institute and Florence School District #1 Montessori Teacher Program.

On March 2, 2015, Dr. Creech was elected to the MACTE Board of Directors to represent the Independent Affiliation not in a Consortium.  We are excited to welcome Floyd to our Board as he carries a wealth of knowledge regarding Montessori teacher education. Floyd was instrumental in helping get the state of South Carolina to recognize the credential from a MACTE accredited teacher preparation program for licensure in the state to teach in a public/private Montessori school.  He also served as the President of International Association of Montessori Educators, (IAME).  He is currently the director of three public early childhood centers in Florence SC, which utilize Montessori curriculum. He is recognized as a Montessori Early Childhood Literacy Specialist and a Specialist in Early Childhood Readiness Assessment. 

2015 MACTE Symposium upcomingsymposium

Mark Your Calendars!
December 4-6th, 2015
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Alexandria, VA

The Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) will hold its 4th Annual Symposium for Montessori Teacher Educators on December 4-6, 2015 in Alexandria, VA. This event draws Montessori teacher educators from around the world. The focus of this year's Symposium will focus on the question:
Are We Preparing Our Teachers to Teach  Children with Special Needs? 


Joyce Pickering, Executive Director Emerita of Shelton School, Dallas, Texas 

will be one of our keynote speakers addressing this question.


We will also be revisiting current recognition of the Montessori teaching diploma/credential by State Departments of Education. Last year's Symposium highlighted presentations on the teacher qualification registries and teacher licensure within each state. Montessori advocates shared success stories from Oregon and South Carolina and a common theme was the importance of cultivating direct personal relationships with state decision-makers and implementers. This year, we will follow up on the work that has taken place in each state since our last Symposium. Representatives from state advocacy groups like NHMA along with state policy makers from New Hampshire's Division for Children and Youth & Families will join us and speak about their recent accomplishments. In addition we will invite presenters from the 

Montessori Public Policy Initiative (MPPI) and other state advocacy groups.



See  New Hampshire's letter of recognition
for MACTE-accredited 
Montessori credentials in the state's Early Childhood Professional 
Development System!

On the final day of the Symposium, we will revisit our Open Space topics so teacher educators may spontaneously discuss topics relevant to their work. In past years, many Open Space topics stemmed from the presentations offered the day before while others explored new topics within state regulations, quality assessment, international accreditation, online training components, and best practices for Montessori teacher education.  


The full schedule of events for the Symposium will be announced this summer.


Early Bird MACTE Symposium Registration:


Individual Registration:  $400.00
Multiple Participants:  $375.00

Register Now! 

(If you would like to pay by check, please click here)


Hotel reservation information is coming soon.

"The  Wisdom of the Elders Award is given by MACTE to Distinguished Montessori Educators in recognition of a lifetime of dedicated, heartfelt service to Montessori  Education. This award is conferred upon unique individuals whose life's work has been devoted to preparing teachers, to teaching children and to strengthening the institutions that serve the Montessori Community of Interest both in the U.S. and around the world... Read More"

Respectfully submitted by Feland Meadows 11/30/2012



The  Wisdom of the Elders  Ceremony will be held on the evening of Saturday, December 6th, 2015 from  5:00-7:00 PM.  Please note, in order to receive the award, we are requesting that the nominee be present at the 
Symposium for the Saturday evening  Wisdom of the Elders  Ceremony.  

We are accepting nominations now! 


Submit a Nomination


Requests for nominations for the
Dennis Schapiro  Innovation in Montessori Teacher Education
award will be coming soon! The criteria and nomination form will be posted on our website.


MACTE Accreditation Overview Webinar
April 29th, 2015
2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. EDT
Cost: Free

The Accreditation Overview Webinar is for Montessori teacher education programs interested in obtaining information regarding MACTE accreditation. This webinar will provide a general overview of the accreditation process as well as outline all documentation required for compiling a Self-Study. There will be time set aside at the end of the webinar for questions. 

MACTE On-Site Verifier Training Webinar
May 4th, 2015
1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. EDT
Cost: $40

MACTE will be holding a Webinar for On-Site Verifier Training.  If you would like to participate in future on-site verification visits for MACTE or want to have a refresher, please register now!   Prior to volunteering and attending any OSVT visit, you must attend a On-Site Verifier Training. 

MACTE Self-Study Writing Workshop Webinar

May 13th, 2015

2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. EDT

Cost: $40


The Self-Study Writing Workshop is for Montessori teacher education programs that are ready to begin compiling their Self-Study document. It is highly recommended that someone from the program participate in the MACTE Accreditation Overview Webinar prior to enrolling in the Self-Study Writing Webinar. This webinar will focus on Section C of the MACTE 2013 Guide to Accreditation. We will walk through each section of the Self-Study and discuss specific compilation guidelines. This webinar is limited to 12 people. We will offer another Self-Study Writing Workshop Webinar in July 2015.


Register Now!

guideupdatesGuide to Accreditation Updates

MACTE's Annual Board of Directors Meeting is April 23-25, 2015. As a reminder to all programs, moving forward MACTE will only make updates to the Guide to Accreditation after each Annual Board Meeting. Any updates to the Guide will be detailed on our website and available for download on April 30th, 2015 at  www.macte.org.  We will also communicate changes via the Constant Contact. 

accreditedproRecently Accredited Programs
Board Decisions

Montessori Training Center

Shingle Springs, CA, Director: Elizabeth Armanino

Approval of Change in Ownership from Kim Yeager to Elizabeth Armanino 

Houston Montessori Center
Houston, TX, Director: Betsy Coe

Approval of an Additional Location in Livermore, California for it's Secondary I-II Montessori Teacher Education Certification Course Level

Montessori Teacher Education Center San Francisco Bay Area

San Leandro, CA, Director: Pamela Rigg

Full Accreditation granted for a term of 6 years (to March 2, 2021) for it's Early Childhood, Elementary I, and Elementary I-II Montessori Teacher Education Certification Course Levels


Montessori Training Institute Southern Nevada

Las Vegas, NV, Director: Lori Bossy

Full Accreditation granted for a term of 2 years (to March 2, 2017) for it's Early Childhood Montessori Teacher Education Certification Course Level



Administration Decisions

Zhi Yuan Education Academy Corp.
Taipei, Taiwan, Director: Yu Mei Chao

Approval of Change in Time Structure


Princeton Center for Teacher Education

Princeton, NJ, Director: Ann Wilson

Approval of Change in Length of Elementary I Program

and Approval of Change in Syllabus


West Side Montessori School Teacher Education Program

New York, NY, Director: Mimi Basso

Approval of Change in Director - Addition of Co-Director Lisanne Pinciotti for Infant & Toddler and Early Childhood 

MACTE Welcomes a New Staff Membernewstaffmember

Please welcome our newest MACTE staff member, Kimberlee Belcher-Badal as our Vice President for State Relations. We are happy to have her on our team!

Kimberlee was one of our 2014 Symposium Presenters. Check out her presentations:


Upcoming Eventsupcomingevents

MACTE Board of Director Annual Meeting
April 23-25, 2015
Omni Hotel
Charlottesville, VA

Pathways to a Peaceful School
July 23, 2015
Crowne Plaza
White Plains, New York

newwebsiteNew MACTE Website Coming Soon

We are excited to be launching a new MACTE website this month!

We will send out an announcement when the site is live.