Program Format

WSMS-TEP’s Elementary Education Programs prepare students for the American Montessori Society (AMS) Elementary I (ages 6 to 9 years) or Elementary I-II (ages 6 to 12 years) credentials.

Our Elementary I course offers the following options for the 2017-18 academic year.

Elementary I
:  

  • Six Week Summer Session: Academic classes begin in late June and conclude in early August. All classes meet from 8am-5pm Monday-Friday.
  • Classes continue on Saturdays during the school year (September through May) 8am-5pm
  • Student Teaching Practicum may coincide with academic classes during the school year.
  • This program can be completed in one or two years

Our Elementary I-II course offers the following options for the 2017-18 academic year.

Elementary I-II
:  

  • Six week Summer Session: Academic classes begin in late June and conclude in early August. All classes meet from 8am-5pm Monday-Friday.
  • Classes continue on Saturdays during the school year (September through May) 8am-5pm
  • Classes resume the 8am-5pm Monday- Friday schedule during the second summer of the program.
  • Student Teaching Practicum may begin after the second summer session is completed and takes place September-June.
  • This program can be completed in two years

Academic Phase

The Academic Phase (300+ hours for EL I and 500+ hours for EL I-II) consists of non-degree-bearing coursework in Montessori theory and practice. (For course descriptions, please click on the Course Descriptions tab above.)

Classes are held at: West Side Montessori School, 309 West 92nd Street, New York, NY 10025, and Metropolitan Montessori School, 325 West 85th Street, New York, NY 10024.

Student Teaching (Practicum) Phase

In the Student Teaching (Practicum) Phase, students apply the knowledge they have gained from the Academic Phase in a supervised Student Teaching placement. Students are responsible for finding their own placement, though we will offer suggestions of schools that we have found to be successful internship sites. This phase is non-degree-bearing and the intern must work a classroom schedule for a minimum of 6 hours per day, September through June in an approved Montessori school under the supervision of an approved Supervising Teacher.  Self-directed Practicums are only for those who have prior experience in a Montessori classroom and have sufficient administrative support. All Self-Directed Practicums must be approved by the Program Director prior to the start of the practicum phase. The Practicum Phase will follow the completion of the Academic Phase or within two years of the last academic course. No portion of the Practicum may precede the Academic Phase.