Montessori Partnership Montessori Diploma in Primary Education Our Primary Diploma Courses are underway. Details of our next courses will appear on the Events page when confirmed.

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The Montessori Partnership Primary Diploma course is a well-established part time course designed for people wanting to apply the Montessori approach to their work with children aged 6-12, either in a Montessori primary school, or in a home-based or other setting.

The course is taught face to face.   The course comprises lectures, demonstrations of the primary materials, supervised practice, participatory workshops and teaching practice. Students are helped to produce a range of classroom material, assemble portfolios and undertake research to expand theoretical knowledge. Field trips and observation visits are an important part of the course.

“I thoroughly enjoyed this teacher training course. We had stimulating discussions on a wide range of topics, and were able to pursue our own interests – just as we encourage the children to do. The course leader shared her knowledge in an accessible way, but was also skilled in provoking discussion among the students. We were supported to think critically and make links between our own experiences and the new information that we were acquiring. While the course work was at times intense, there was a good balance of different types of assessment (e.g. files/portfolios, essays, observations, projects/materials, and exams). I will certainly continue to pursue the topics that were introduced through the course”.  (Irene, Primary Student)

Course structure

For Certificate : 210 contact or Guided Learning Hours (GLH).

For Diploma: 210 contact hours (GLH) plus 200 hours (GLH) of supervised teaching practice. Additionally, approximately 840 private study hours, giving a total of approximately 1250 Notional Learning Hours (NLH).

Teaching practice

Teaching practice can begin at any time from the start of the course up and consists of 200 hours of supervised classroom practice in a Montessori Primary setting, assessed by report and portfolio. Course assessment is by project, coursework, and written and practical examinations.

The Montessori Partnership Diploma in Primary Education is awarded to students who successfully complete all the requirements of lecture attendance, coursework, practical and written examination and teaching practice.

The Montessori Partnership Certificate in Primary Education is an interim qualification for students who have successfully completed all the requirements of lecture attendance, coursework, practical and written examination but have not yet completed their teaching practice.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the course will either hold a recognised Montessori early years Diploma/Certificate and/ or an educational qualification at degree level. Holders of degrees in other related fields will also be considered.


Option 1: Payment in full

Option 2: A deposit of £500 then 16 x monthly instalments of