The Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE), founded in 1995, is dedicated to improving academic degree and certificate programs for Montessori professional educators – those who teach and lead in schools, Infant and Toddler through Secondary II, and to assure the public of their quality.
MACTE accredits certification programs based on (1) the evidence they have that they prepare competent, caring, and qualified professional Montessori educators and (2) their capacity to monitor and improve the program’s quality. MACTE believes this is the soundest way to assure the public about the quality of these programs. The Montessori teacher education program, not the college, school, department, or other administrative unit of the institution, receives MACTE accreditation.
MACTE’s unique approach to accreditation helps programs improve and be accountable for their quality. MACTE’s accreditation process starts with the evidence (quantitative and/or qualitative) the faculty truly relies on to convince itself that the graduates are competent beginning Montessori professionals. The program writes a scholarly monograph, called a Self-Study, which makes the case that the claims the program makes about its graduates are warranted. MACTE’s On-Site visit verifies that the evidence cited in the Self-Study is accurate and trustworthy and that the program/institution is committed to the program. MACTE’s Accreditation Committee determines if the evidence is convincing and of sufficient magnitude to support the program’s claims that its graduates are competent, caring, and qualified.
All accredited programs must be members of an organization, consortium, or group of independent institutions. These MACTE affiliations include:
- American Montessori Society (AMS)
- Association Montessori International (AMI)
- Association Montessori International – USA (AMI-USA)
- Independents not in a Consortium (IND)
- International Association of Progressive Montessori (IAPM)
- International Montessori Council (IMC)
- Montessori Educational Programs International (MEPI)
- The Pan American Montessori Society (PAMS)
MACTE’s constituency represents a broad range of educational institutions and is not limited to programs/institutions operating within the United States. Licensure programs offered by non-higher education organizations, which satisfy MACTE’s requirements, may be accredited by MACTE as well as programs conducted via distance learning.
As its Quality Principles suggest, MACTE is an advocate for program improvement based on research evidence and confirmed scholarship. To that end, MACTE shares information about factors it has discovered in its accrediting work that influence the evidence programs rely on to support their claims. MACTE also conducts meetings and workshops on its innovative approach to accreditation for constituents, state groups, and consortia.
MACTE is a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) and is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE). MACTE is one of two Teacher Education Accreditors in addition to the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP).