• PROGRAM 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.

Infant Toddler Montessori Credential Program

Birth – 3 years old

Our Infant Toddler Program prepares students for the American Montessori Society (AMS) Infant Toddler credential. Courses are offered in New York, NY, Whitehouse Station, NJ, and Beijing, China. The program is typically completed in 1-2 years and consists of an Academic Phase and a Student Teaching (Practicum) Phase.

Early Childhood Montessori Credential Program

2.5 to 6 years old

Our Early Childhood Education Program prepares students for the Early Childhood American Montessori Society (AMS) credential. Courses are held at West Side Montessori School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The program is typically completed in 1-3 years and consists of an Academic Phase and a Student Teaching (Practicum) Phase.

Elementary Montessori Credential Programs

Elementary I: 6 to 9 years old
Elementary I-II: 6 to 12 years old

Our Elementary Programs prepare students for the American Montessori Society (AMS) Elementary I (ages 6-9 years) or Elementary I-II (ages 6-12 years) credentials. Elementary I can be completed in 1-2 years; Elementary I-II can be completed in 2 years. Courses are held at Metropolitan Montessori School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The program consists of an Academic Phase and a Student Teaching (Practicum) Phase.

Administrator Montessori Credential Program

Our Administrator Program prepares students for the American Montessori Society (AMS) Administrator credential. Three models of study are offered based on prior experience; all models are completed in one academic year with two summer sessions. Summer sessions are held at West Side Montessori School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, with distance learning courses held throughout the academic year. The program consists of an Academic Phase and a Practicum Phase in a supervised Administrator position.

Master’s Degree Program in Partnership with Concordia College

Early Childhood and Special Education: Birth to 2nd Grade
Childhood and Special Education: 1st to 6th Grade

Students who have earned a Bachelor’s degree and a Montessori credential from a MACTE-accredited program within the last ten years are eligible to earn a Master’s degree through Concordia College at a reduced tuition rate in this accelerated 21-month program. Courses are held at West Side Montessori School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Graduates are recommended for Early Childhood and Students with Disabilities or Childhood and Students with Disabilities New York State certification, depending on the program selected. Federal financial aid is available.

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