Montessori Institute of Atlanta
  Accredited by Association Montessori InternationaleGraduate program affiliated with Loyola University Maryland


Admission to the Elementary Course

The Elementary Course is open to:

  • Candidates with a Bachelor's Degree* and an A.M.I. Primary Diploma*
  • Candidates with a Bachelor's Degree* but not an A.M.I. Primary Diploma who have satisfactorily completed the Foundation Course.

(*Exceptions made at the discretion of the Training Center.)

During the initial part of the application procedure, the prospective student needs to submit the application form provided on this website and follow the included instructions.

When all application components have been received, a personal interview will be arranged.

The Foundation Course

The Foundation Course is designed to give a basic knowledge of the Primary Montessori Curriculum which forms the basis of and relates to the work of the Elementary Course. It is a prerequisite for applicants who do not hold an A.M.I. Primary Diploma. Click here for dates.

Admission to the Assistants to Infancy Course

Admission requirements: MIA actively seeks students of diverse backgrounds and interests. The applicant must hold a bachelor's degree; exceptions may be made under special circumstances. The applicant must demonstrate suitability for training – maturity, integrity, creativity, intelligence, and an aptitude for psychological insight and understanding. MIA admits students of any race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or national origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to its students. MIA does not discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policy, loan program, or other school-administered programs.

The application consists of: A completed, signed application form, a statement of intent, a resume, three professional references, a medical form and official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended (A TOEFL may be required for International students). An application fee of $100 ($150 after deadline) must accompany the application when submitted. A personal interview is also held.

A minimum enrollment must be reached by July 15, or the course will be postponed or cancelled. After the minimum number is reached, applications will be accepted until one week prior to the course opening.

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Students will be accepted until enrollment has reached capacity, and thereafter a waiting list will be formed.

Since the program is conducted at the graduate level, the applicant is assumed to have the technical skills necessary to pursue graduate level work. Among these skills are ability to take comprehensive lecture notes by hand or on a laptop (taping of lectures is not allowed by the AMI), simple drawing skills, keyboarding and computer facility for compilation of teaching manuals, and ability to write in essay form.

Applicants Who Are Non-Native Speakers of English

The language of the course is English. In addition to the bachelor's degree, evidence of ability to pursue graduate work in English is required. Therefore, MIA will need an official copy of the applicant's score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) taken within 12 months of the beginning of the course. In addition to the TOEFL score, the Director of Training may also use the required personal or telephone interview to assess the applicant's ability to pursue graduate work in English. Information explaining the TOEFL is available by writing P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541; calling (443) 751-4862 or (800) 468-6335 (1-800-GO-TOEFL); or visiting

Elementary Training CourseOfficial transcripts from higher education institutions outside the United States must be translated into English and certified as equivalent to a United States bachelor’s degree. Both the original language transcript and the translated transcript must be submitted with the application. Certification of the applicant’s documentation can be obtained from the World Education Service, P.O. Box 745, Old Chelsea Station, New York, NY 10113 (212-966-6311), or

In order to meet these additional requirements, such applicants are advised to begin the application process well in advance of the opening date of the course.

Audit Policy

Interested persons may, upon advance request, be given permission to sit in on lectures, at the discretion of the Director of Training.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy

Montessori Institute of Atlanta admits students of any race, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, sexual preference, handicap, or veteran status, to all rights, privileges, programs and activities, and does not discriminate in administration of its educational or admissions policies.

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