|Action||Amend Standards for Licensed Child Day Centers to Address Federal Health and Safety Requirements|
|Comment Period||Ends 5/12/2021|
22VAC40-185-190 Program Director Qualifications
Language currently reads: "A certification of qualification from an internationally or nationally recognized Montessori organization"
Language should be edited to the following for accuracy: "A credential/diploma from a MACTE accredited teacher education program."
The Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) has been recognized by the US Department of Education (USDE) since 1995. Recognition by the USDE means the Secretary of Education has determined MACTE meets all USDE regulations to determine the quality of education and training provided by Montessori teacher education programs. MACTE’s scope of recognition by USDE is for Montessori teacher education programs within colleges and universities and for freestanding institutions.
Graduates of a MACTE accredited teacher education program have demonstrated they meet the rigorous standards for both coursework and internships and are prepared to teach and lead in children’s schools.