Frequently Asked Questions
Those who are interested in obtaining a professional Montessori qualification. You should also be passionate about creating the best education opportunities for all children. We have courses designed to meet diverse needs through our varied programmes. Our range of options allows for flexibility, affordability and quality training experiences.
No Montessori training course can lay claim to be globally recognised. MCSA graduates holding either the Higher Certificate or National Diploma have a qualification that is registered by the South African Qualifications Authority. These qualifications are mapped on the National Qualifications Framework and our students' results are captured on the National Learner Record Database. The qualifications are issued by the ETDP SETA who are the accreditation board. Full qualification transcripts are available for both courses, which makes applying for equivalency in another country much easier. In our experience, our graduates have found employment in Montessori schools and organisations around the world. As every country has different laws pertaining to teaching qualifications, we would however recommend those wanting to seek employment outside of South Africa to first ascertain the legal requirements for teachers in the applicable country.
SACE is the South African Council of Educators. It is law in South Africa for any person working in the position of educator, at any level, to be registered with SACE. See www.sace.org.za for additional information. All full qualifications offered by MCSA are recognised by SACE.
We strongly recommend students get hands-on experience in existing Montessori schools for at least a year after qualifying, before opening their own schools. This allows for an integration of knowledge and skills without the pressure of running a school at the same time. Running a school is also a responsibility that extends beyond just the school. Each Montessori school is a reflection of the whole and each individual Montessorian needs to ensure they have all that is required to run a school, including having a sustainable vision.
As with any tertiary educational institution, MCSA cannot guarantee that you will find employment. However, international and South African trends show a desperate shortage of qualified Montessori graduates. We post vacancies here on the website, on our Facebook page and via our newsletter.
The application process for all courses is clearly explained on this website. On the HOME page, you will find the COURSES, and the APPLY FOR A PART-TIME and APPLY FOR AN ONLINE COURSE pages. We would recommend that you attend an information session at one of our centres if you would like more information on the different courses. Once you have decided on a course, you will need to submit the completed application form, provide us with certified copies of your ID as well as other qualifications you may hold and submit a written motivation detailing your reasons for wanting to be considered for a place to study on our courses. The application will then be considered and you will called for an entrance assessment. You will be notified in writing of the outcome and can then begin your journey to becoming a Montessori educator.
Enrolments open in August. We would recommend that you attend an Information Session as early as possible and apply for your chosen course as we have limited places available at each centre. Once all the available spaces have been filled, the course is closed.
This differs depending on the course you are registering to study. The Childminders and Primary Course (non qualification) include all the materials in printed format. The Part-time Higher Certificate course materials and textbooks are also all in printed format. The Part-time and Online National Diploma course modules are stored on an Online Student Portal. Students may wish to print these if they would like to have these in hard copy. The required textbooks are supplied in printed format. You will need to buy stationery such as files for your manuals and pens/pencils etc. You may also be required to purchase materials for your curriculum area assignments. It is ideal to have access to a digital camera to take photographs required for certain of the assignments.
Should you need to make up missed classes on the part-time courses, you may do so at either the annual apparatus workshop, or schedule a private lesson. There is an additional fee payable for both of these options.
Yes, you will have access to a library of articles and additional books and resource material. Each module also comes with a recommended reading list and the relevant articles are provided on the Online Student Portal. SAMA (South African Montessori Association) members have access to very informative monthly newsletters that are full of pertinent resources, research and other information. Our students can also subscribe to the Montessori International magazine, both in hard copy and e-format and can easily access the online archives through this subscription. MCSA are committed to keeping our students up to date and well informed with regard to research, policies and any information that will develop them further as educators.
SAQA stands for the South African Qualifications Authority and is the body responsible for the development of the NQF (National Qualifications Framework). It is SAQA’s responsibility to articulate and interpret the objectives of the NQF. See www.saqa.org.za for further information.
The National Qualifications Framework was implemented in the late 1990s to redress the imbalances of the apartheid education system and create equality in qualifications. The NQF is the set of principles and guidelines by which records of learner achievement are registered to enable national recognition of acquired skills and knowledge, thereby ensuring an integrated system that encourages life-long learning.
SETA stands for Sector Education and Training Authority and is the body responsible for the organisation of training programmes within a specific sector. Our training programmes fall under the Education, Training and Development Practices (ETDP) SETA. The primary function of the ETDP SETA is to facilitate skills development in the education, training and development sector. Education is universally recognised as a critical building block for both individuals and society in general.