Application Process

The Washington Montessori Institute welcomes your application so you can begin the exciting and powerful journey of Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) training. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds: academic, racial, gender, ethnicity, dis/ability, professional, and orientation.

WMI accepts students on a rolling basis until the course is full.

As you begin the application process, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at with any questions.

A member of our admissions committee will contact you once your application is complete, including transcripts and references. They will schedule an interview (in person or by phone/web call). After the interview, the committee will formally review your application. We will notify you within two weeks of your interview regarding acceptance.

NOTE: WMI does not offer support for international student visas at this time.

Admission Requirements

WMI looks for candidates who demonstrate:

  • The academic ability to pursue an intensive and deep study of child development
    • A bachelor’s degree is not required; however many teaching positions will require a B.A. in addition to a Montessori diploma.
  • Adequate oral language and writing abilities
  • High-level organizational abilities to manage the varied requirements of the course
  • Integrity of character and maturity of personality congruent with the demanding and important work of leading a community of young children
  • Openness to new ideas and a revolutionary approach to human development

Application Components

Please be ready to provide the following information with your application:

  • Applicant’s contact information and demographic information
  • Previous Montessori training, if applicable
  • For international students or non-native English speakers, TOEFL score submission (minimum requirement of 80)
    • Have testing service send the official TOEFL score to WMI
      • WMI’s TOEFL Code is C741
    • WMI will also consider scores of 105+ on the Duolingo English Test (DET)
  • 2-3 references (professional or academic)
  • Educational history/employment history/resumé
  • Essay
  • Transcript(s)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition varies by course, generally between $12,000-$16,500
    • WMI offers three (3) payment plans, depending on the course
  • Application Fee of $100 (non-refundable) for all diploma courses
  • WMI does not offer financial aid but applicants are encouraged to apply for scholarships
  • Extra fees for books, AMI membership, and supplies for material making
  • Please refer to the individual course page for details