General Information

  • Founded in 1967
  • American Montessori Society (AMS)–affiliated teacher education program for adults pursuing  AMS Early Childhood (ages 2.6 to 6 years) or Infant & Toddler (birth to age 3) credentials
  • Contact: Lisanne Pinciotti,; Mimi Basso,


  • West Side Montessori School, a large double brownstone on West 92nd Street between West End Avenue and Riverside Drive
  • Eight large classrooms, renovated in 2009 to be environmentally and ergonomically sound
  • Adult Learning Center, renovated in 2015 to be effective for adult education classes at the gymnasium level
  • Convenient to subway (1, 2, 3 lines) and Riverside Park


  • Summer and fall entry points for students enrolled in the Early Childhood program for the academic year
  • Summer entry points for students enrolled in the Administrator, Elementary and Infant Toddler Beijing programs
  • Fall entry point for students enrolled in the Infant Toddler Main Site (NYC) program for the academic year
  • The Academic Phase for Early Childhood and Infant Toddler is a full  school year. Early Childhood students in Track 1 may begin the practicum/internship in September following the academic summer session. Early Childhood students in Track 2 will begin the practicum/internship following the completion of academic coursework. Infant Toddler students may complete the practicum concurrent with academic coursework.  Students apply their knowledge of course content in a supervised student teaching placement in a Montessori classroom; this is commonly referred to as the Practicum Phase, Student Teaching, or Internship. Both phases consist of non-degree-bearing coursework.
  • Self-Directed practicums must be approved by the Director prior to the Practicum Phase in September. Criteria for approval include, but are not limited to, prior experience in a Montessori classroom at the level of training, evidence of sufficient support within the practicum site, and strong academic performance in the teacher education program by the adult learner.
  • WSMS-TEP accepts up to 25 learners per cohort, with a ratio of 1 instructor to 12 learners within each cohort


  • All are Montessori-credentialed with significant classroom experience
  • Our faculty represents 15 countries and speak 17 languages
  • The average number of years of teaching experience is 7.8 years

Credentials Offered

  • American Montessori Society (AMS) Early Childhood Credential (ages 2.6 to 6 years)
  • American Montessori Society (AMS) Associate Early Childhood Credential (ages 2.6 to 6 for non-college graduates)
  • American Montessori Society (AMS) Infant Toddler Credential (birth to age 3)
  • American Montessori Society (AMS) Associate Infant Toddler Credential (birth to age 3 for non-college graduates)


AMS Full Affiliate
American Montessori Society
281 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010
Phone: 212-358-1250
Fax: 212-358-1256

MACTE Accredited
Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education
420 Park St. Charlottesville, VA 22902

Phone: 434-202-7793

WSMS-TEP actively seeks diversity in its student body, faculty, staff, and administration. WSMS-TEP does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, or national or ethnic origin in its admissions procedures, educational policies, financial aid programs, employment practices, and all other administered procedures and programs.