Coursework is offered in Montessori Philosophy, Educational Leadership, Montessori Curriculum, School Operations and Program Development. Our faculty and guest lecturers offer a range of experiences and varied perspectives. The Practicum phase is facilitated through visits from an experienced Field Consultant to support individual needs and growth in Montessori leadership. Emphasis is placed on developing a network of professional colleagues through the cohort model.
For Administrators with administrative experience, but without a Montessori teacher credential at any level
For candidates who have previously earned a Montessori teacher credential at any level, but without prior Montessori administrative experience
For candidates without prior Montessori leadership experience nor a Montessori teacher credential at any level
- Summer Session A (all models): Classes are held Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., during two weeks of July..
- An online course is scheduled from September through May (all models). A Zoom session is scheduled for the cohort once each month.
- Summer Session B: Classes are held Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., for two weeks and two days of July (all models). An additional 3 days are required for Model 3 only.
The Academic Phase (200+ hours for all models) consists of a non-degree-bearing cycle of coursework in Montessori leadership theory and practice. The Administrator credential program is offered through a hybrid format. In-person classes are held at West Side Montessori School, online sessions via our Learning Management Systems (Canvas, PowerSchool) and virtual sessions via Zoom.
In the Practicum Phase, students apply the knowledge they have gained from the Academic Phase in an administrative position. 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 student must work in an administrative role for a minimum 720 hours in a school year (4+ hours per day), September through June, in an approved Montessori school.