Glossary

For purposes of accreditation by MACTE, the following terms are interpreted as defined below.

Academic Clock (contact) Hours: includes lectures, demonstrations and integrated practice with materials with the certification course instructor(s).

Adverse Action: the denial or revocation of accreditation.

Candidate for Certification: Adult Learner

Consortium: a formal association of five (5) or more independent institutions that are national or
international in scope and accredited by MACTE.

Core Curriculum: defined by each organization for its affiliate institutions or defined by an independent institution with the source cited.

Course Cycle: minimum length of time a program requires for both academic and practicum phases to be completed, on a regular schedule (or schedules) that begins with the first day of classes and ends with the final evaluation experience.

Course Level Coordinator: the qualified individual assigned to manage the course level for which the program director does not have a Montessori credential.

Director (Administrator): the person whose primary responsibility is policy and oversight of the
Montessori teacher education program.

Distance Education: education in which program components are delivered to Adult Learners who are not in residence with the instructor.

Field Consultant/Supervisor: qualified adult appointed by a teacher education program to observe and mentor Adult Learner progress through the practicum in a Montessori environment.

Freestanding Institution: Teacher preparation programs not affiliated with, housed by, or operated in partnership with an institution of higher education.

Good Standing: an accredited institution in full compliance with all Quality Principles and Criteria (e.g., not on Accreditation with Stipulations/Probation); having fulfilled all administrative requirements for maintenance of accreditation, paid all accreditation-related fees and charges, and submitted all information and reports required by the appropriate due dates to MACTE and the affiliate organization. Placement on probationary excludes an institution from attaining good standing.

Guest Lecturer: an expert who is invited by the director to present a maximum of fifty percent of any course component. The director is responsible for ensuring that the content of the guest lecturer’s qualification align with the MACTE requirements.

Institution of Higher Education (IHE): A traditional college or university setting.

Montessori Pedagogy: the transmission of culture founded by the lifework of Dr. Maria Montesssori. A pedagogical orientation composed of philosophy, theory, methodology, curriculum (materials and training), and socializing/normalizing. The focus is on whole-child development, including physical, mental, spiritual, psychological, and academic outcomes contributing to the development of a more complete being who who supports the advancement of a more peaceful society.

On-Site Coordinator: person that manages an additional location or contract site that has a Montessori credential at one or more of the course levels being delivered at that site and resides at that site.

Practicum: the phase of preparation related to the practical implementation of the Montessori methodology, which involves practice by the Adult Learner under the supervision of the teacher training program and includes student teaching and field observation.

Practicum Coordinator/Supervisor: the program staff member responsible for arranging Adult Learner evaluation visits, assigning and preparing field supervisors to make these visits, and for other pertinent duties related to the practicum period.

Practitioner: a person whose primary responsibility is teaching in a Montessori classroom and who currently spends at least 50% of a full-time workweek in that position.

Professional Educator (Academic): a person whose primary responsibility is that of a faculty member; someone who is directly involved in the delivery of the educational program, and who currently spends at least 50% of a full-time workweek teaching or conducting research.

Student Teaching: includes hours spent in the classroom actively practicing with children. Substantial Compliance: general fulfillment of accreditation requirements with specified areas of deficiency to be remedied.

Supervising Teacher: the classroom teacher-mentor for a candidate completing practicum student teaching. The supervising teacher or credentialed designee must be present in the environment on all days on which the student teacher is present. 

Teacher Preparation Program: a course of academic and practical training, instruction and education required to provide high quality care and education in a specialized setting and environment.

Unaffiliated Independent: a MACTE accredited program that is not a member of an affiliated organization but is associated with an independent consortium.