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Accreditations and Licenses

Accreditation and Certification

  The Institute for Guided Studies (IGS) is a member of the Montessori Educational Programs International (MEPI). MEPI certified programs at the; Infant Toddler, Early Childhood, Elementary, Adolescent, and Administrator levels are available. All IGS Graduates receive their Montessori Credentials from MEPI.


Additionally, IGS Certification Courses for Programs for the Infant Toddler, Early Childhood, Elementary, and Adolescent Montessori Guides, hold accreditation status with Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) through the years 2023, 2021, 2020, and 2019 respectively.



  MEPI is a private, not-for-profit, organization governed by a member-elected Board of Directors. MEPI formulates policy to meet the current and future needs of its members. MEPI teacher education programs are similar in content and standards, yet are diverse enough to meet individual needs. Programs range from University graduate level, Institutes offering a variety of courses, to individuals focused primarily on Montessori education. All MEPI teacher education programs meet the rigorous standards of excellence adopted by the Montessori Accreditation Commission for Teacher Education.


Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) 


IGS programs were accredited by MACTE, recognized by the United States Department of Education, is an umbrella accreditation agency for all Montessori teacher preparation programs.



Additional information about Montessori Education Programs International (MEPI) or Montessori Accreditation Commission for Teacher Education (MACTE) can be found on their respective web sites.

IGS was Licensed in the State of South Carolina until its closing.

  • “Licensed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, 1122 Lady Street, Suite 400, Columbia, SC 29201; 803.737.2260. Licensure indicates only that minimum standards have been met. Licensure is not an endorsement or guarantee of quality and is not equal to or synonymous with accreditation by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.”

For information regarding licensure in other states, accreditations, or certifications, please contact us!

Dr. Sheryl M. Sweet Miller
Dr Helen Billings
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