• Administrator Program

The Administrator Montessori certification program is designed specifically for current and aspiring heads of schools, principals, program directors and those who seek leadership positions.

    Coursework is offered in Montessori Philosophy, Educational Leadership, Montessori Curriculum, School Operations and Program Development. Our faculty and lecturers offer a range of experiences and varied perspectives. The Practicum phase is facilitated with visits from an experienced Field Consultant to support growth and leadership. Most importantly and highly valued are the opportunities to participate in a network of professional colleagues through the student cohort model.

Program Models

Model 1

For Administrators with administrative experience, but no Montessori teacher credential

Model 2

For Administrators with a Montessori teacher credential, but no Montessori administrative experience

Model 3

For Administrators with no Montessori administrative experience and no Montessori teacher credential

Program Format

Academic Schedule

  • 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, plus one evening per week.
  • Online learning courses are held monthly from September through May (all models).
  • 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, plus one evening per week (all models). An additional 3 days are required for Model 3 only.

Practicum Schedule

  • Administrator Practicum, a minimum of nine months, may coincide with online learning during the school year but may not end until completion of Academic Coursework (all models).

Academic Phase

The Academic Phase (200+ hours for all models) consists of non-degree-bearing coursework in Montessori theory and practice. Classes are held at West Side Montessori School, 309 West 92nd Street, New York, NY 10025.

Practicum Phase

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 750 hours in a school year (4+ hours per day), September through June, in an approved Montessori school.


Melissa Freeman
Admissions Contact and Practicum Coordinator

Lisanne Pinciotti
Administrator Level Coordinator