Flexible, affordable, and personalized for you.
Committed to the principles and philosophy of Maria Montessori, we partnered to bring this great program to the Twin Cities area. This training course provides the highest quality of preparation for the teacher who will serve the needs of the child. The course requires an exceptionally high level of intellectual application as well as a commitment to personal growth. The student is provided with an enriching opportunity to study the young child, apply the methodology and observe and learn from experienced Montessorians.
Montessori education should be a process of exploration, observation, and growth. New teachers acquire the skills to discover through observation and hands-on Montessori experience. Students will be provided with an enriched learning environment with dedicated faculty support.
Virginia Montessori Teacher Education Center is committed to passing on this methodology, not as a means but as a result of a basic understanding and respect for the young child. We are observant, vigilant and true to the principles which serve those needs.
The VMTEC Minnesota Early Childhood Course is designed to be completed in 12 months. The course of study is a blended program, with one electronic week and 6 weeks of face-to-face instruction during the summer. Distance education meetings or face-to-face practice sessions will be held twice per month during the year. Approximately one week the following summer will include academic instruction, prep, and exams. A 540-hour Montessori internship at an approved Montessori school is required.
The VMTEC Minnesota Elementary 1 Course is designed to be completed in two years. The course of study is a blended program, with one electronic week and 5 weeks of face-to-face instruction during the summer over the course of two years. A 1080-hour Montessori internship (one year, full-day) at an approved Montessori school is required during the 2019 school year.
Lectures, practice sessions and academic phase of the training will be held mainly at Saint John's Montessori School. Students will visit other Montessori schools as part of the course.
VMTEC supports and adheres to The Montessori Public Policy Initiative Montessori Essentials.
Virginia Montessori Teacher Education Center (VMTEC) Minnesota is housed at St. John Montessori School in Excelsior, MN. St. John the Baptist Catholic Montessori School educates children ages 16 months through grade 8 in vibrant, multi-age learning environments.
Thinking about a graduate program?
VMTEC students and graduates can enroll in a Master's Degree program with Sarasota University and our partnership allows current students and alumni from VMTEC to earn credit for coursework in our Early Childhood and Elementary programs towards a Master’s degree in Montessori Education or Montessori Leadership from Sarasota University.
Our faculty members have varied backgrounds and diverse Montessori training experiences in both public and private teaching and administration roles. Our experienced teacher educators will help you understand the application of the Montessori method according to the needs of the young child.
Bonus! Our programs also include guest instruction from well-known Montessorians—many top names in the field!
Shanna Honan, MAEd, is head of Chesapeake Montessori School and program director for the Virginia Montessori Teacher Education Center, both in Chesapeake, VA. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I–II). NCME-credentialed (Early Childhood).
Early Childhood Instructors
Shanna Honan, MA
Bella Harris, M.Ed.
Betsy Gladen, M.Ed.
Michael Dorer, Ed.D
Peter Hansen, MA
Ann Epstein, Ph.D
Alexis Weixel, BS
Irene Bornhorst, MA
Rose Dorer, MA
Nicci Johnson, MA
Rebecca Brown, M.Ed.
Affiliated, Accredited, and Certified
VMTEC-Minnesota Branch Campus offers an Early Childhood Teacher Education program that will lead to an American Montessori Society (AMS) Montessori certification for teaching children ages 2½ – 6. VMTEC is accredited as an Early Childhood Teacher Education Center by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) through 2021.
VMTEC-Minnesota Branch Campus is licensed as a private career school with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, sections 136A.821 to 136A.832. Licensure is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.
Virginia Montessori Teacher Education Center - Minnesota Branch Campus
Shanna Honan, Director
136A.8295 STUDENT COMPLAINTS.
A complaint must be in writing, be signed by a student, and state how the school's policies and procedures or sections 136A.822 to 136A.834 were violated. Student complaints shall be limited to complaints that occurred within six years from the date the concern should have been discovered with reasonable effort and after the student has utilized the school's internal complaint process. Students do not have to utilize a school's internal complaint process before the office has authority when the student is alleging fraud or misrepresentation. The office shall not investigate grade disputes, student conduct proceedings, disability accommodation requests, and discrimination claims, including Title IX complaints.
The office shall initiate an investigation upon receipt of a complaint within the authority of subdivision 2. A school involved in an investigation shall be informed of the alleged violations and the processes of the investigation. A school involved in an investigation shall respond to the alleged violations and provide requested documentation to the office. Upon completion of an investigation, the office shall inform the school and the student of the investigation outcome.
If violations are found, the office may require remedial action by the school or assign a penalty under section 136A.832. Remedial action may include student notification of violations, adjustments to the school's policies and procedures, and tuition or fee refunds to impacted students.
Any order requiring remedial action by the school or assigning a penalty under section 136A.832 is appealable in accordance with chapter 14. The request for an appeal must be made in writing to the office within 30 days of the date the school is notified of the action of the office. The court shall award costs and reasonable attorney fees in a contested chapter 14 hearing to the office if: (1) the office substantially prevails on the merits in an action brought under this section; and (2) the school has a net income from student tuition, fees, and other required institutional charges collected from the last fiscal year of $1,000,000 or greater.
Schools must disclose on their website, student handbook, and student catalog the student complaint process under this section to students.
Subd. 7.Private information.
Student complaint data are private data on individuals, as defined in section 13.02, subdivision 12. The office may disclose student complaint data to law enforcement officials or in connection with a legal or administrative proceeding commenced to enforce a requirement of law.