Trainers Course

This course offers training which will prepare participants for work in diverse roles delivering on MCI training courses such as Montessori Tutor, Online Tutor or Professional Placement Tutor.

The next proposed course date is 23 March to 28 March 2020.

Please read more information regarding entry requirements, course content and fees below and view the schedule for further details. Acceptance on the course is at the discretion of the MCI Head of Education, questions and applications are to be sent to

In Brief

  • For experienced MCI graduate practitioners

  • Active blended workshop, online plus one week attendance at MCI London over Easter.

  • Delivered by the experienced MCI academic team

  • Includes observation of Montessori specialists

  • MCI Certificate awarded


It is my belief that the thing which we should cultivate in our teachers is more the spirit than the mechanical skill.  – Maria Montessori

Why choose the Trainers Course?

  • Develop your Montessori career working with adults

  • Explore Blended Learning methods

  • Revisit your understanding of the Philosophy and Pedagogy

What will I study?

  • You will be introduced to current approaches to Montessori training delivered by MCI and new course developments, and consider issues relating to the use of blended learning in the delivery of Montessori training using the Virtual Learning Environment.

  • View the Workshop schedule.

  • You will explore issues surrounding the student experience and supporting learners with additional learning needs

  • You will gain an understanding of the role of the Professional Placement Tutor

  • You will be introduced to assessment methods, procedures and giving feedback to learners, including the practical assessment and professional discussion

  • You will gain practical experience of working with the Virtual Learning Environment

  • You will be given the opportunity to practise teaching and delivery techniques

  • You will be encouraged to think critically and analytically about the role of the Montessori educator and the challenges of Montessori teacher training in the 21st  century

How long is the course?

The course is a blended course, which includes online study and face to face classroom attendance at MCI London. For dates, please contact the admissions department on 0207 493 8300 or email   


Where will I study?

MCI London

Students can make use of our specialist Montessori & Early Years Library. Students currently have a common room and use of an outside space. Teaching spaces are well equipped with the full range of Montessori materials. The college has a small bookstore and books can also be purchased online from the shop.


How will I study?

The course comprises:

  • 42 hours of workshop/lecture at MCI London

  • 15 hours (minimum) of observations of adults working with adults

  • 150 hours of home study in preparation of 3 assignments to be completed within a period of 7 months from completion of the workshop

  • Completion of the course (full attendance) and successful completion all coursework will lead to the issue of a Trainer s Certificate, which is an essential prerequisite for anyone working with MCI to deliver training or assess on MCI courses.

The course is delivered by key members of the MCI academic team. You are given an experience of blended learning and are supported by online materials on the Virtual Learning Environment. Delivery is a range of discussion, lecture, demonstration, observations of practice, research and presentations.


At the end of the workshop, participants give a short micro-teach presentation to the group. After the workshop you will be required to prepare the following assignments:

  • Reflection on preparing to teach adults

  • Marking of 3 sample assignments

  • Observations of teaching and learning of adults

Entrance Requirements

You must:

  • Hold either an MCI International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy with merit or distinction (completed within the past 10 years), an MCI Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy – Birth to Seven (Early Years Educator) or a Foundation Degree in Montessori Early Childhood Practice

  • Have a minimum of 2 years experience working with children in a Montessori setting

  • Hold a BA (Hons) Degree

Interested participants will be accepted on the course after presentation of a current CV, supported by all relevant certificates and accompanied by an expression of interest letter no later than one month prior to the start of the workshop.

Acceptance on the course is at the discretion of the MCI Head of Education, applications are to be sent to

Where could this course take me?

The course could lead you to work as a Montessori Tutor, Online Tutor or Professional Placement Tutor. Former students are working at all levels across MCI.

~  Please note that completion of the Trainers workshop does not in any way guarantee future employment with MCI  ~

What will the course cost?

The cost of the workshop is £1,250.

~  Please note course fees are reviewed annually and may be subject to change  ~

On acceptance of your offer for a place, a registration fee of £100 is due, no later than 4 weeks before the start of the Workshop.

The full Workshop fee of £1,250 is due no later than 2 weeks before the start of the Workshop. Both the registration and Workshop fees are non-refundable/transferable.

I enjoyed the interaction with other learners at the centre. I also really enjoyed the amount of support available online. The course was delivered very well by all the tutors.
The gradual development of and acceptance of the necessary role transference that is required from this course: from student or teacher of children to becoming a teacher of adults.
The delivery was great. The tutors were skilled at giving us enough information and enough time to explore and have a go at working out things for ourselves. They were approachable and knowledgeable.