The Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE), founded in 1995, is dedicated to improving academic degree and certificate programs for Montessori professional educators – those who teach and lead in schools, Infant and Toddler through Secondary II, and to assure the public of their quality.
MACTE accredits certification programs/institutions based on (1) the evidence they have that they prepare competent, caring, and qualified professional Montessori educators and (2) their capacity to monitor and improve the program’s quality. MACTE believes this is the soundest way to assure the public about the quality of these programs.
MACTE’s unique approach to accreditation helps programs improve and be accountable for their quality. MACTE’s accreditation process starts with the evidence (quantitative and/or qualitative) the faculty truly relies on to convince itself that the graduates are competent beginning Montessori professionals. The program writes a scholarly monograph, called a Self-Study, which makes the case that the claims the program makes about its graduates are warranted. MACTE’s On-Site visit verifies that the evidence cited in the Self-Study is accurate and trustworthy and that the program/institution is committed to the program. MACTE’s Accreditation Committee determines if the evidence is convincing and of sufficient magnitude to support the program’s claims that its graduates are competent, caring, and qualified.
All children throughout the world have the opportunity to access quality Montessori education.
MACTE is committed to the effective preparation of Montessori teachers. Its mission is to recognize, assure, and promote the high quality of that preparation through its system of accreditation for the ultimate purpose of advancing Montessori student learning.