• Application Process

    Thank you for your interest in applying to WSMS-TEP

2024-2025 Applications are now open. Apply today!


As the first step of our admissions process, we invite you to watch the video located on our homepage and then sign up to view an online information session to learn more. We also invite you to review our program handbook to gather additional information. Information sessions are prerecorded and are approximately half an hour long. Please complete the form below to continue.

If you have further questions about our programs once you have viewed the videos, we would be happy to answer your questions during the times listed below. Reservations are required. Please RSVP to registrar@wsmsnyc.org AFTER you have viewed the information session and a Zoom link will be sent to you the day before the session. We look forward to meeting you!

  • Wed. 1/31/24 at 4pm
  • Wed. 2/21/24 at 7pm
  • Wed. 3/20/24 at 4pm
  • Wed. 4/17/24 at 7pm
  • Wed. 5/8/24 at 4pm
  • Wed. 5/29/24 at 7pm

The second step of our admissions process is to submit an application. Please have the following ready before submitting your online application:

  • Credit card for $75 non-refundable application fee ($150 for International Applicants)
  • Written responses of maximum 200 words per response. We strongly recommend that you draft your responses in a separate document and copy/paste into the online application.
    1. WSMS-TEP is committed to creating a space where every member of our community experiences a sense of belonging. We request that you tell us about yourself; what are qualities that make you uniquely YOU? Common social identifiers include: age, ability, race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, and family composition but please feel welcome to share anything that is significant to you.
    2. Describe your personal philosophy of education. If you are applying for the ADMIN PROGRAM, please also let us know how you became interested in an administrator position in a Montessori school.
    3. What do you hope to gain from this teacher preparation program and what strengths do you offer in the process of working within a cohort of learners?
    4. When you are accepted, how will you plan to balance these additional studies with your other life commitments (work, college, family)?

STEP THREE – Submit additional application documents
  • Original college transcript from your highest earned degree. Elementary, Administrator, and MIE require a minimum of a US bachelor’s degree for admission.  Infant Toddler and Early Childhood may be admitted with a minimum of a high school diploma to earn the Associate Credential.
  • Scan(s) of previously earned Montessori credential(s)
  • Students with an international degree are required to submit transcripts directly from that institution to World Education Service for an equivalency evaluation. We request the WES ICAP ‘Document by Document Report.’
  • Three letters of reference (two professional, one personal). A sample form is available here.
  • International applicants, please also submit scanned copies of your passport ID page, proof of finances, and any current visa and/or I-94 to skapur@wsmsnyc.org to expedite your I-20 application.

WSMS-TEP prefers electronic documents. Soft copies/scans of all documents, including official e-transcripts, may be emailed to registrar@wsmsnyc.org.

Hard copies of official transcripts or WES reports should be mailed to the TEP office listed below, NOT to West Side Montessori School.
Lisanne Pinciotti, WSMS-TEP
12 Powelson Drive, Hillsborough, NJ 08844


When all application documents have been submitted and received, WSMS-TEP will email an Acceptance Letter and Enrollment Agreement to the email address provided on the application. Your return of the signed agreement and fee payment are confirmation of your enrollment into the program. Applicants will be added to the cohort roster when the agreement and fee are received. Applicants who have agreed to a tuition subsidy by their school are expected to facilitate the process of paperwork and tuition invoice delivery.

WSMS-TEP actively seeks diversity in its student body, faculty, staff, and administration. WSMS-TEP does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender identity or sexuality in its admissions procedures, educational policies, financial aid programs, employment practices, and all other administered procedures and programs.

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