Established in 1962, Washington Montessori Institute is the first and oldest AMI training center in the United States.

Our mission is to offer a comprehensive course of study for adults that effectively prepares them to lead a community of children in all aspects of development. We invite you to learn more about becoming an AMI trained Montessori teacher.

We currently offer Orientation Courses, Workshops, and other Professional Development opportunities for the Montessori community and others interested in learning about Montessori.

NEW: Announcing Diploma Courses for 2024-2025! We are now accepting applications for WMI’s Primary Diploma Course, starting June 2024. WMI will also offer diploma courses at the following satellite locations – Traverse City, MI, Charlotte, NC, and Atlanta, GA. Please check back or join our mailing list to receive the latest updates on our programs.

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I highly recommend this Training Center. The trainers undergo a rigorous training to become trainers themselves and then give us our own training to prepare us for real life situations. One thing I found fantastic with this preparation was that I was supplied with a very robust foundation so that I know HOW to work within this world.

I was also given enough information so that if there was flexibility to design my own activities, based on the specific need of a particular child, I will be able to do it. This training with Naoko is exactly what I needed and what I received. I am very grateful for this program and I would recommend it to anyone.

Meagan H.

Attending the Primary Montessori academic course at WMI is one of the most wise decisions I have ever made. Starting from September 2022 to May 2023, I learned so much with the Montessori Primary Course. It is a warm and welcoming community, I love all the people I met there. I would definitely recommend the course to my friends who are curious or wanted to learn more about Montessori.

Siliang L.

My Orientation Course experience has been positive and enriching towards embracing the educational program of Maria Montessori.

Naoko is an awesome instructor and her ability to share, respect, and facilitate online instruction are worthy of acknowledgment.

Sean L.

I invited Jennifer to lead a “Role of the Adult” workshop to my team, during peak Covid. We needed a refresher and a reminder of why we do what we do. Jennifer left us all in “awe” and brought back that Montessori passion that we were hoping to get back.

Jennifer is an all around amazing Montessori educator, trainer, and mentor.

Aimee F.