Overview

Montessori teachers must be exceptionally well prepared. They need to have a deep understanding of human development and of how learning takes place. They need the ability to analyze and reflect on their observations of children in order to tailor the curriculum to each child’s interests and capabilities. They need excellent communication skills in order to collaborate with children, parents, and colleagues. They need to be committed to self-reflection and inquiry, to see themselves as questioners and explorers. For indeed, they too are learners.
The West Side Montessori School Teacher Education Program (WSMS-TEP) teaches adults everything they need to know to become effective, responsive, well-prepared Montessori teachers. WSMS-TEP currently offers training for an American Montessori Society (AMS) Early Childhood (ages 2.6 to 6 years) credential and American Montessori Society (AMS) Infant Toddler credential (birth to age 3.)

Credentials Offered

  • American Montessori Society (AMS) Early Childhood Credential (ages 2.6 to 6 years) for adults with a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college; this credential is also awarded to students educated overseas if a credential evaluation finds the qualifications equivalent to a four-year degree from an accredited institution within the U.S.
  • American Montessori Society (AMS) Associate Early Childhood Credential for non-college graduates (Some locations or schools may not accept an Associate credential as the qualification for a Head Teacher position.)
  • American Montessori Society (AMS) Infant & Toddler Credential (birth to age 3)  for adults with a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college; this credential is also awarded to students educated overseas if a credential evaluation finds the qualifications equivalent to a four-year degree from an accredited institution within the US.
  • American Montessori Society (AMS) Associate Infant & Toddler Credential (birth to age 3) for non-college graduates. (Some locations or schools may not accept an Associate credential as the qualification for a Head Teacher position.)
  • American Montessori Society (AMS) International Credential for candidates who were educated overseas if a credential evaluation finds her/his qualifications not equivalent to a four-year degree from an accredited institution within the U.S.; this applies even if the credential evaluation recognizes the qualifications as a Bachelor’s Degree in the country of origin. An International Credential will state the name of the home country of the recipient.
  • For more information please contact: Lisanne Pinciotti, WSMS-TEP Director at: lpinciotti@wsmsnyc.org