At the behest of the Montessori family, Margaret Stephenson founded the Washington Montessori Institute (WMI) in 1962, the first training center in the United States affiliated with the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). WMI has trained thousands of teachers in the last fifty years. In 1991, WMI partnered with Loyola University Maryland to create the first program that combined the AMI diploma with a M.Ed. Now a permanent institute of Loyola University, we have an exemplary team of AMI trainers who continue WMI’s tradition of providing the highest quality training for a career in Montessori education.
WMI’s primary mission is to offer a comprehensive course of study for adults that effectively prepares them to lead a community of children in all aspects of development. Our rigorous program both inspires and challenges our students in the transformative experience of becoming authentic Montessori teachers.