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Montessori School License Pathway

Candidate Profile

Educators who fit this pathway profile are interested in completing a teacher preparation program that is accredited by the MACTE or AMI and would like to obtain a DPI Montessori license.

Montessori grade levels are as follows:

Code Description Low Grade High Grade
MEC Early Childhood PK 1
ELEM1 Elementary 1 1 4
ELEM2 Elementary 2 4 6
MDLHI Middle-High School 6 12

If you fit this pathway profile:

  1. POSSESS a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  2. COMPLETED all the requirements of the approved Montessori teacher licensure program accredited by MACTE or AMI.
  3. PREPARE electronic copies of required documents:
    1. Institutional Endorsement form (PI-1612-T) from the Montessori teacher preparation program
    2. Transcripts that document bachelor's degree.
    3. Transcript documenting completion of a course in special education for which at least 3 postsecondary credits were earned.
    4. Content area test:
      • For Early Childhood, and Elementary I levels: Praxis II Elementary Education Content Knowledge Test (5018)
      • For Elementary II and Secondary levels: Praxis II Middle School Content Knowledge Test (5146)
  4. Score report for the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test. NOTE - educators that hold or have held a Lifetime or Professional Educator teaching license(s) may not be required to pass this test for this license.
  5. APPLY for a license using the application directions for a Montessori teacher license.

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