Montessori Accreditation Council

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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.



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


MACTE/IAME Second Annual Montessori Teacher Educators Symposium
Assuring Excellence in Montessori Teacher Education 
  • The Second Annual MACTE/IAME Symposium was quite a success!  We hope all that participated enjoyed the presentations and lively discussions about Montessori Teacher Education and accreditation.  For those who were unable to attend this year or for participants who would like the Symposium materials for future reference, check out the PowerPoints and handouts from our Keynote speakers and session leaders below. 

Presentation by Nancy Freeman


Nancy Freeman

Presentation by Jackie Cossentino and Frank Murray

  • If you are interested in copies of any Symposium pictures, please email emma@macte.org 
  • We would love your feedback!  Please take a minute to fill out our Symposium Evaluation Form


Congratulations again to the recipients of the 2013 Wisdom of the Elders Award!
From Left to Right: Tim Seldin, Mary Ellen Maunz, Virginia McHugh Goodwin, Sighle Fitzgerald, Pamela Rigg, Beti Wyn Holcombe, and Beverley McGhee.  In absentia: Elizabeth Bronsil, Crystal Dahlmeier, Silvia Dubovoy, Shannon Helfrich, Madeleine Justus, Karin Salzmann (posthumously) and Virginia Varga.



  • 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
Email:
rebecca@MACTE.org

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

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.