Studying at MINW is a powerful and often transformational learning experience. The rigorous and in-depth nature of the course requires dedication and focus, and as a student once said, “I’ve never had so much fun working so hard!”.
Students can expect dynamic lectures on Montessori theory and use of Montessori materials, collaborative seminars with like-minded peers, and hands-on practice with the Montessori materials. In addition to the daily schedule, students should expect several hours of homework each night as they transcribe their handwritten class notes from daily lectures and presentations, and possibly additional work on the weekend. Laptops and recording devices are not permitted for use during class time.
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While we do not recommend that students be employed during their studies at MINW, we understand that for some people, financial constraints make this unavoidable. MINW strongly advises students to limit employment commitments to 20 hours per week or less.
Students must have a basic level of computer literacy; this includes using word processing software (such as MS Word or Pages) to produce professional-looking documents and ability to navigate the internet. Daily access to reliable email and regular access to a printer (color if possible) are also required. College-level typing speed is recommended. MINW provides wireless internet access for students with their own laptops.
Meet Our Graduates
Travis was new to Montessori when he began his Primary training at MINW. Find out more about how Travis balanced his family and school commitments during his studies.
Originally from Singapore, Kelly graduated with a B.S. in Psychology before choosing MINW to further her career. She overcame her initial shyness to embrace all the opportunities that the course presented.
Alden, graduated in 2011
In Montessori, Alden found a system of self-motivated, socially-conscious lifelong engagement with learning that he'd been looking for.
After fifteen successful years working for Nike, George was ready for a change of direction in his career.
Patty, graduated in 2009
Patty's diverse background, from the performing arts to the real estate industry, served her well during her time in the course.
Emily attended Montessori school as a child, and felt called back to this work as an adult. At MINW, she found the skills and training she needed to take her early experiences of Montessori into the classroom.
Polly, graduated in 2011
Originally from England, Polly made the decision to move to Portland to pursue her Montessori studies.
Fang came to the course with a wealth of teaching experience. She found that being organized was important to her success in the course.
After four years working as an assistant in a Lower Elementary Montessori classroom, Nisey was eager to study Montessori in a more formal academic setting.
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