Montessori Education Center of the Rockies prepares adults for careers in education by offering professional courses leading to American Montessori Society certification. In addition, MECR offers opportunities for professional development. We believe that Montessori education provides optimal conditions for the development of human potential by allowing children freedom to grow and learn in a prepared environment under the guidance of an aware adult.
Talented Montessori Educators, Experienced with Teaching Children and Adults
MECR instructors are highly trained, dedicated teachers with decades of classroom experience teaching children, as well as significant experience teaching adults. They are committed to personal excellence and to providing authentic Montessori instruction and experiences to our students. Our instructors and field consultants take a personal interest in the success of each student, often forming lasting professional relationships. Students tell us how much they appreciate the professionalism, enthusiasm, and caring attitude of our faculty and staff.
A Collaborative Learning Environment
Once accepted to MECR, you become a member of a cohort that learns cooperatively with and from one another. MECR encourages collaboration rather than competition, thus benefiting the entire cohort. This bond often continues during the practicum phase, even when teaching in different schools or even different states, growing into life-long friendships.
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Located in Denver, Colorado
Denver has dynamic city life and cultural events abound! The city is at the base of the Rocky Mountains. With 300+ days of sunshine per year, and the mountains at our doorstep, there is no shortage of choice for weekend activities!
A Fully-Equipped Facility
MECR courses are held in well-equipped, air-conditioned classrooms, specifically designed for teacher training. A full set of Montessori learning materials appropriate to the age level is provided for demonstration and student practice. MECR maintains a comprehensive library of books, media, and Montessori journals for student use.
MECR graduates teach throughout Colorado and around the globe. Become part of the network of engaged and committed Montessori educators. Start here and weave your web throughout the world.
Quality Preparation for a Career in Montessori Education
MECR is a nationally recognized, high-quality Montessori teacher training program. Students come to MECR from Colorado, but also from all over the US and international locations. Our students bring a broad diversity of work and personal experiences with them, creating an interesting and stimulating dynamic.
A Well-Established, Reliable Program
Founded in 1978, we combine legacy and innovation to offer three highly regarded teacher education certification courses. Demand for our courses is high, so we are able to host each teacher education every summer. Our administrator course is a hybrid of online and onsite training to meet the needs of administrators. It is offered every other year.
Committed to Supporting the Development of Each Student
We are committed to supporting the individual growth and interests of adult students, including those who may be encountering Montessori for the first time. MECR instructors help build the future of Montessori education through their publications, conference presentations, and development of new materials, and are passionate about sharing their knowledge with students.
Uniquely Able to Disburse Federal Financial Aid Funds
MECR is eligible to disburse Title IV funds, which means that our full-time students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens, and have financial need, may qualify for Pell Grants or Federal Student Loans.
In addition to regular workshops for current Montessori teachers, we offer training for all areas of Montessori teaching.
Teacher Certification For All Levels
Non-Certification Audits For All Levels
Administrator Course and Training
I loved my time at MECR because of the spiritual transformation and preparation of the adult that occurs. I left MECR with robust knowledge on materials, development, and pedagogy, but more importantly I was spiritually prepared to honor and nurture the children I worked alongside. It is truly a transformational experience!
My training with the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies was a positive and life-changing experience. I have more trust and respect for my students, more confidence in my teaching, and more joy in my everyday life. Through MECR, I attended an intensive summer training program to cover the curriculum and philosophy of the Montessori Elementary I-II curriculum. Taking my Montessori training at MECR was the best step I ever took in my career.
The Montessori Education Center of the Rockies supports the learning experience and fosters the creativity of its students. The educators, instructors, and staff provide a caring experience that reflects the positive learning environment of a Montessori classroom in a setting that supports adult learners. My first experience at MECR was to receive my Early Childhood training, and I enjoyed it so much that I went back again for Lower Elementary! The deep exploration of the Montessori philosophy that I learned at MECR helps me teach first through third graders everyday, and I know my teaching is much better as a result.
I began my MECR journey in 2018 after several years in a Montessori classroom. The training I received was superb. The instructors were not only knowledgeable about the curriculum and classroom management, but they were filled with joy and offered encouragement every step of the way. While rigorous, I never felt as if I were alone. The staff, both instructional and administrative, were always there to help me and offer guidance. There is truly a MECR family, and I feel I will always be a part of it.
MECR is certainly a place that is full of such incredible humans, who are all working toward creating a space to inspire the next generation of learners. I am so grateful to have had the chance to be a part of both Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary courses and witness all that the Montessori philosophy has to offer for the Elementary student. Thank you for this home-away-from-home and showing me this piece of greatness in Colorado.
My experience at MECR was life-changing. The moment I walked into the door, I felt like I walked home. The environment radiated with acceptance, learning, respect, and love. The instructors beautifully modeled Montessori’s philosophy of grace and courtesy. Also, I deeply cherish the friendships I made during my process of learning and growing as a future Montessorian.