Paraprofessional to Montessori Teacher Licensure Program

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Ready to take your career to the next level?

Open to women and men, Alverno’s Paraprofessional to Montessori Teacher Licensure program is a streamlined path to Montessori licensure for practicing paraprofessionals who have an associate’s degree or at least 48 credits but not a bachelor’s degree.

Program highlights:

  • Leads to regular WI license and primary Montessori license (ages  3-6)
  • Completed in about three years
  • Alverno courses are offered in the evening and/or online.
  • Courses taught by the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee, an Association Montessori Internationale training center, are in person at Alverno.

Admissions requirements:

  • Complete a free application at
  • Send all official high school and college transcripts to Alverno.

The Montessori approach

As a trained Montessori teacher, you will understand the importance of allowing a child to develop naturally through appropriate lessons and materials based on each child's unique characteristics and abilities. You will learn how to act as a guide to students, assisting each child along his or her own path of discovery.

Why Alverno?

Alverno’s outcome-oriented curriculum is known nationally and internationally for focusing on you, the student. As part of our approach to learning, students learn the essential knowledge within each course subject while also developing the actual skills needed by nurses not just of today, but also tomorrow.

Program requirements

  • Working Montessori paraprofessional or be able to volunteer for at least 20 hours per week
  • Associate’s degree or at least 48 college credits


  • Cost is $416 per credit

Start Time

  • January 2020

On-the-ground training

As a paraprofessional, you already provide crucial support for students in the classroom. The Para to Montessori Teacher Licensure program includes an 8-week student teaching experience that may be completed at your current paraprofessional site.

Get in touch! 

Have questions? We invite you to connect with us to learn more. 

Katie Kipp, Assistant Director of Admissions for Adult, Transfer and Graduate Recruitment