Director of Montessori Teacher Education Program

Director of Montessori Teacher Education Program
Angola, Indiana



Trine University invites applications for the position of Director for the newly created Montessori Teacher Education program in the Franks School of Education.

Trine University is seeking an experienced Montessori candidate with vision, academic and professional leadership skills and passion to establish a new AMS/MACTE Montessori Teacher Education program.  Candidates should demonstrate primary through secondary Montessori philosophy knowledge as well as strong interpersonal skills and ability to build collegiality, trust, and effectiveness among faculty, staff, students, stakeholders, and alumni.

The position begins August 2020.

Essential Responsibilities

As Program Director

  • Develop the program’s strategic vision and long-range plan
  • Develop guiding principles and implement assessment strategies to uphold excellence as it pertains to Montessori philosophy
  • Lead undergraduate program and in-service teacher training curriculum design that aligns with Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) and American Montessori Society (AMS) affiliation
  • Lead efforts to achieve and maintain accreditation through MACTE and AMS in coordination with the School of Education Dean
  • Organize, recruit, and evaluate the effectiveness of summer teacher training programs
  • Prepare and manage annual program budget
  • Coordinate and lead faculty recruitment efforts and recommend the appointment of academic and clinical personnel
  • Lead Montessori-related outcome assessment, student achievement, and professional development for faculty and staff
  • Support student recruitment, retention, and placement in coordination with the Office of Admission
  • Establish collaborative relationships, including sites for clinical experiences
  • Support alumni relations, marketing, and public relations in coordination with the Office of Alumni and Development
  • Assist with program-specific grant proposals and administer grant funds in coordination with the Office of Alumni and Development
  • Explore the creation of graduate-level course credit aligned with summer teacher training in coordination with the School of Education Dean
  • Additional duties and assignments as prescribed by the School of Education Dean and/or Vice President of Academic Affairs

As Faculty

  • Teach, prepare course material, and assess two undergraduate Montessori Education courses per fall and spring semesters
  • Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, School of Education matters, and academic issues
  • Advise students on academic and career issues

 Education / Experience 

  • Masters degree in education, Montessori, or related field from an accredited institution
  • Preference may be given to those who may apply with a Ph.D. in an education-related field from an accredited institution
  • MACTE accredited and AMS- and/or AMI-affiliated Montessori credentials
  • Minimum of five years experience in an AMS-accredited school(s) with multiple developmental level classrooms 
  • Experience teaching undergraduate and/or in-service teachers using Montessori-aligned curriculum
  • Proven leadership and management experience in an educational setting, preferably in a Montessori institution(s)


Trine University offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit your needs and the needs of your family. Benefits offered include:

  • Health – medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs, flex spending or HSA accounts
  • Retirement – after one year of full-time service you are eligible for employer contribution of 5% and up to an additional 5% employer match
  • Life Insurance – a variety of voluntary life options are available along with employee life insurance (1½ times annual salary)
  • Education – after 6 months of full-time service education benefits are available for employee, spouse, and dependent children
  • Vacation and Sick Pay – in accordance with Trine's policy


The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

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Trine University is an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, genetic information, citizenship status, military status, or any other basis prohibited by law, unless such basis constitutes a bona fide occupational qualification.  Trine will comply with its legal obligation to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and for religious beliefs.