ARETE PROGRAM OVERVIEW

A Rigorous and Supportive Child-Centered Community of Practice

The Arete Montessori Teacher Residency (Arete/AMTR) provides a fully implemented Montessori training program integrated with evidence-based best practices in teaching and learning, specifically designed to prepare teachers for meeting the demands of the public sector and serving children in high-need communities. Arete’s teacher training model is an interdependent triad of:

 

1) High-Quality Montessori Training, qualifying candidates for a nationally recognized Montessori teaching credential

 

2) Integration with core educator professional development based on state and national standards qualifying candidates for state teaching licensure/endorsements (Early Childhood or Elementary)

3) One Residency year supported by a Community of Practice and Job-Embedded Coaching and Mentorship.

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3 Courses - 10 Modules throughout

2 Summers, 1 Teaching Residency Year with Monthly Seminars

An ordinary teacher cannot be transformed into a Montessori teacher, but must be created anew, having rid herself of pedagogical prejudices. The first step is self-preparation of the imagination, for the Montessori teacher has to visualize a child who is not yet there, materially speaking, and must have faith in the child who will reveal himself through work.

Dr. Maria Montessori

RESIDENCY PATHWAYS & REQUIREMENTS

Arete has two post-baccalaureate state licensure pathways with the following admissions requirements:

Resident Teacher (RT) Pathway    

       

Candidates in the RT Pathway will be Teachers of Record during the Residency year at a public Montessori school who sponsors them.

 

Requirements

 

  • Sponsorship from a Public Montessori School

  • Bachelor's Degree with a minimum G.P.A. of 2.75

    • A qualifying education major OR passing scores on the Praxis II Content Assessments for the chosen endorsement area/program (Early Childhood or Elementary)

  • Criminal Background Check

  • Sponsorship by a public Montessori school requiring a commitment as determined by the sponsoring school.

Resident Intern (Internship) Pathway

 

Candidates in the Internship Pathway will be an Assistant Teacher who will work with an experienced public Montessori teacher. Resident Interns will work with their Lead Teacher and School-based Mentor on implementing a plan with Gradual Release into Co-Teaching.

 

Requirements

 

  • Sponsorship from a Public Montessori School

  • Bachelor's Degree with a minimum G.P.A. of 2.75

  • Criminal Background Check

  • Sponsorship by a public Montessori school with a commitment as determined by the sponsoring school.

Montessori Credential and State Licensure Endorsement Pathways

Early Childhood [EC] (pK-3)

    

Residents in Arete’s Early Childhood Program will complete the requirements for

 

1) a nationally recognized Montessori teaching credential for Early Childhood, and 

 

2) the Early Childhood (pK-3) Tennessee state licensure endorsement area.*

Elementary [El] (K-5)

 

Residents in Arete’s Elementary Program will complete the requirements for 

 

1) a nationally recognized Montessori teaching credential for Elementary (6 - 9 or 9 - 12)

 

2) the Elementary (K-5) Tennessee state licensure endorsement area.*

 

    

*All candidates who do not possess state teaching licensure will successfully complete the edTPa upon completion of the residency program.