Apply to Primary Teacher Training

We're thrilled that you're ready to apply to complete your Montessori Primary Training for 2½ to 6-year-olds with SIMS! We’re looking forward to getting to know you.

The Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies is open to men and women who have demonstrated suitability for Montessori training based on maturity of personality, integrity of character, intellectual creativity, and aptitude for psychological insight and understanding.

We know applications can be daunting, so we've broken our application process down into a simple three-step process (four, if you're International) that you can begin today.

Once your application is complete, we will reach out to you to schedule an in-person, Skype, or phone interview.

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So we can match up your application, please use the same contact information you used in previous steps. Submitting this form will open a more detailed Step 3 application for you to fill out.

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So we can match up your application, please use the same contact information you used in previous steps. Submitting this form will open a more detailed Step 4 application for you to fill out.

Tuition & Payment Plans At SIMS

We know enrolling in our training course is a significant investment (one we think is worth it!). Our payment plans allow you to pursue your education in the best way you see fit, with monthly and quarterly payment options available.

Additionally, several scholarships are available through SIMS, and others are available externally. We maintain a list on our website, and we encourage you to apply for these, and to look into other scholarships as well.

Scholarship Opportunities

We encourage eligible applicants and enrollees in our training program to consider these scholarships, organized both within and externally to SIMS.

  • Montessori as a Second Career Scholarship

    One merit-based scholarship for $1500, this scholarship is for students who are making a major career change. Students who have not previously been working in education are encouraged to apply for this scholarship.

    Deadline: July 30
  • Rosemary C. Simpson Scholarship

    Funded by a family with deep multi-generational roots in Montessori education, this is a single annual award offered in the amount of $3000. An ideal candidate is dedicated to the long-term enrichment of the Montessori community. To apply, eligible applicants should have already been accepted to the SIMS training course.

    Deadline: July 30
  • Margaret E. Stephenson Scholarship

    Administered through the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), scholarship awards range from $500–$5000. This scholarship is open to US citizens/residents who can demonstrate financial need, and have already been accepted in an AMI training course.

    Deadline: May 1
  • Early Childhood Advancement Scholarship

    Two merit-based scholarships for $3000 each, designed to support those seeking to advance their current career in early childhood (for example, if you are working as a nanny, classroom assistant/aide, or as an early childhood teacher, you should apply).

    Deadline: July 30
  • Visiting Students Scholarship

    One merit-based scholarship for $1500. This scholarship is for out-of-state or international students traveling to Arizona to complete the training at SIMS. Students coming from out-of-state incur additional expenses. This scholarship is designed to help offset some of those costs.

    Deadline: July 30
  • Arizona Seed Money for Growth Scholarship

    Administered via the Arizona Community Foundation, awards range from $300–$2500. Eligible applicants should have applied and been accepted into the SIMS training course, and must demonstrate financial need. Preference is given to Arizona residents.

    Deadline: July 30

Tuition & Payment Plans

The total tuition for Primary Teacher Training Courses starting in 2018 is $10,500. To secure your spot, a $1,000 non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance and is applied toward your tuition.

For your convenience in making the remainder of your tuition payment(s), you'll be able to choose one of the following payment plans*:

  • Option 1

    A single installment of $9,500, due by:

    • September 1, 2018

  • Option 2

    3 installments of $3,370, due by:

    • September 1, 2018

    • December 1, 2018

    • March 1, 2019

  • Option 3

    8 monthly installments of $1,350, due monthly from September 1, 2018 through April 1, 2019.

* Payment options shown are for the 2018-19 Academic Year course.
Please note: A finance fee will be charged for Options 2 and 3, and is included in payment amounts listed above.

Discounts For Your School

Are you currently a teacher at a Montessori school? If you'd like to encourage your school to sponsor you for training at SIMS, keep in mind that any sponsoring school receives $500 off each sponsored student’s tuition. (Please be sure you submit your application by August 13th).

Additionally, if your school referred you to us, we will send them $100 once you've completed the first 90 days of the training course (please be sure you or your school tells us that you've been referred!).

Early Bird Discounts

We offer early bird discounts for those who can get their applications in before these cut-off deadlines:

  • Extra Early Bird (by December 10, 2017): Tuition reduced by $500.

  • Early Bird (by February 11, 2018): Tuition reduced by $250.

Your application must be completed and acceptance must be finalized by the applicable early bird date. Tuition discounts will be taken from December tuition installments (or final installments, where not applicable).