Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education

MACTE is the international standard setting and accrediting body for Montessori teacher education. MACTE was granted initial recognition 
by the U.S. Department of Education in 1995, and this recognition extends 
through the year 2015.  
Welcome to MACTE!
Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education

MACTE is the international standard setting and accrediting body for Montessori teacher education. MACTE was granted initial recognition by the U.S. Department of Education in 1995, and this recognition extends through the year 2015.  
 The Secretary of Education is required by law to publish a list of nationally recognized accrediting agencies that the Secretary determines to be reliable authorities as to the quality of education or training provided by the institutions of higher education and higher education programs.

MACTE honors diversity and encourages collaboration among its constituents.
MACTE is recognized by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). 

Our mission is to improve the level of Montessori teacher education by:
  • Developing valid and reliable accreditation standards that contribute toward quality Montessori teacher education;
  • Evaluating compliance with these standards;
  • Recognizing institutions and programs that demonstrate compliance with the standards;
  • Serving as a resource to various stakeholder groups concerning quality issues in Montessori teacher education;
  • Serving as a unifying body in the field of Montessori teacher education
Maria Montessori

Interested in becoming a MACTE accredited program?
Click Here to read our Frequently Asked Questions about MACTE and accreditation, as well as access information and documents you may need to start your accreditation process.

3rd Annual MACTE Symposium
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia
December 5-7, 2014

December is fast approaching!  
Register now and join us December 5-7 for the 3rd Annual MACTE Symposium.

We welcome Dr. Judith S. Eaton, President of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, as the Keynote Speaker.  Also in attendance will be representatives from State Departments of Education to discuss their work in recognizing the credential from a MACTE accredited program.  Download a copy of the schedule of events below.  
The MACTE Symposium is set up for you as administrators, directors, faculty, staff and students to gather and share your thoughts, ideas, questions and concerns within Montessori Teacher Education amongst colleagues from around the globe. We are hoping that you come and spend time sharing, and leave reinvigorated.

The opening reception and presentation from MACTE's President, Dr. Rebecca Pelton will begin on Friday evening from 5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.  On-site registration will open Friday afternoon beginning at 2:00 P.M. 

On Sunday from 1:00-3:00 we will be holding a Self-Study Writing Workshop and Update for On-Site Verifiers. There is no extra cost for these sessions but you do need to register prior to the Symposium so we have a head count for participation.  Please email if you plan on attending the additional sessions.

Registration Fees:
Individual Registration: $425.00
Multiple Participants: $400.00 

Click Here to Register Now!
(If you would like to pay with a check, click here!)

Don't forget to make your hotel reservations!  Follow the link below to MACTE's reservation page.  Once you put in the dates of your stay (December 5-7, 2014), the group discount will automatically be added.  Rooms are limited, so make your reservation soon!


Self-Study Writing Workshop and On-Site Verifier Training
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
Philadelphia, PA 
March 11, 2015
8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Prior to the AMS Annual Conference, MACTE will be holding a Self-Study Writing Workshop and On-Site Verifier Training.  If you are in the area but are not attending the AMS Conference, you are still welcome to participate!

Sessions and Registration Fees
Self-Study Writing Workshop (8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.): $50.00
On-Site Verifier Training (1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.): $50.00
Both Sessions: $75.00

We Have Moved!
New MACTE Office

After almost 3 years at the lovely Glass Building in Charlottesville, Virginia, the MACTE office has decided to move. The Glass Building is undergoing high volumes of construction, that along with the train running right behind our office, we felt it necessary to relocate to a quieter location.  We are not going far!  MACTE will be moving down the street to our downtown walking mall.  

Our phone and fax will remain the same. 

Please note that MACTE's new mailing address will be:

108 Second Street, S.W.,  Suite # 7
Charlottesville, Virginia  22902 

Please update your websites and publications with this information.  
Downtown Walking Mall in Charlottesville, Virginia

  • REMINDER: Make sure to check your programs information on our website to make sure you know the exact date you are up for renewal.  To see your programs information now, click here.  If you have Initial Accreditation, please check your accreditation letter to confirm the date your Interim Report is due.  If you have Full Accreditation your Self-Study should be submitted and your On-Site must be completed before the date of your renewal.

Rebecca Pelton, Ed.D., Executive Director,
MACTE, 108 Second Street S.W. Suite 7
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: (434) 202-7793
Fax: (888) 525-8838

Assistance is available Monday through Friday 9:00 - 4:00 EST.
Email inquiries to

Disclaimer: All MACTE accredited programs are listed on this website. If you have visited a Montessori Teacher Education Program's website that states they are affiliated or accredited with MACTE in any way, and you are unsure of the validity, please contact the MACTE office immediately.