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Designed for early childhood educators in childcare centers and schools, this program focuses on teaching concepts and skills that have immediate applications. You will identify effective teaching strategies and techniques while practicing these strategies during each course for use in their centers or classrooms. The completion of all ten (10) courses below satisfies the educational component for obtaining a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, and the hours may be used toward a Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) credential. To find out more about these national certification programs, call CDA at 1.800.424.4310 or CCP at 1.800.543.7161. The courses within the certificate program meet the annual staff development requirements enacted by the New Jersey Bureau of Child Care Licensing.

Upon successful completion of the program and passing the CDA credentialing exam, you may apply to Mercer County Community College to enter the Early Childhood credit program and be articulated for up to six credits.

For more information, contact Theresa Capra at

To earn Mercer’s certificate, you must complete the following ten (10) required courses:

• Health and Safety with Young Children

• Physical Development

• Cognitive Development

• Classroom Design and Program Management

• Children’s Language and Literature

• Getting Creative with Art, Music and Drama

• Helping Children Learn About Themselves and Others

• Guiding Children’s Behavior

• Working with Families

• Professionalism and Your Professional Resource File

Note: The same textbooks are used for all courses and are available in the MCCC bookstore.


Classroom Design and Program Management

A well-designed classroom and program maximizes student learning. Learn how to select and arrange classroom materials and how to plan and implement effective schedules and routines. Receive an overview of lesson and curriculum planning, as well as discover how to assess the individual needs of children. Gain knowledge on how to individualize instruction to meet these needs and be able to gather tools for evaluating and adjusting the program.

1.2 CEU

Cost: $120


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Jan 15

Feb 19

6 Tu 6:00-8:00pm Margaret Kornberg

Cognitive Development

Learn to create an environment that invites children to develop and answer their own questions through exploration and investigation. Discover how to interact with children in ways to stimulate thinking and problem solving, while assisting in the development of early math and science skills.

1.2 CEU

Cost: $120


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Feb 13

Mar 20

6 W 6:00-8:00pm Angela Dixon

Professionalism and your Professional Resource File

Child Care professionals must act responsibly and ethically. To help professionals in those endeavors, this class is invaluable in building a Professional Resource File - a collection of materials that supports high quality program procedures and developmentally appropriate practices. Receive guidance in writing competency goals and collecting the documentation necessary to create the resource file, a required component of the CDA credential.

1.2 CEU

Cost: $120


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Mar 5

Apr 9

6 Tu 6:00-8:00pm Margaret Kornberg

Working with Families

A young child’s first teachers are his or her family members. Families are partners in education. Learn how to build the positive relationships with families that maximize a child’s success. Discover a variety of ways to invite formal and informal family participation into your program, while also learning how to plan and participate in conferences. Also, learn ways to recognize when families are under stress, and how to provide support to families in stressful times.

1.2 CEU

Cost: $120

NCEDU-CS015 -01

Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Mar 20

Apr 24

6 W 6:00-8:00pm Jeffra Nandan

Helping Children Learn about Themselves and Others

Create an environment where children increase their self-esteem by being treated as valued individuals and by meeting challenges within their range of development. Learn how to choose activities, such as completing puzzles, playing with play dough, and reading books so that each child can meet with success.

1.2 CEU

Cost: $120

NCEDU-CS016 -01

Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Apr 4

May 9

6 Th 6:00-8:00pm Margaret Kornberg


The Montessori Teacher Training Institute of Mercer County Community College is American Montessori Society (AMS) affiliated and is accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE.) Our program utilizes the complete Montessori curriculum; the goals of the program are to facilitate an interest and excitement for learning, to educate children in their sensitive developmental period, and to prepare future educators to meet the many needs of young learners. Classes are held at Robbinsville Montessori located at 2022 Washington Boulevard in Robbinsville, New Jersey; this location enables students in our program to be immersed in the Montessori method from the first day of class.

Who should enroll?

  • Montessori teachers or assistant teachers who do not have certification
  • Teachers and educators who wish to learn (and receive certification in) the Montessori Method
  • Those considering a career in Montessori education - a Montessori Teacher Certificate is recognized in every state and throughout the world.
  • Parents or other individuals who wish to further their understanding of child development and successful teaching methods.


To earn a certificate, you must complete the following courses and practicum hours. You may begin with Module I, II, or III; however, if you are completely new to the Montessori Method, it is recommended that you begin the program with Module I. All four Modules must be completed prior to registering for the Practicum that begins the September following completion of all four Modules. There are no classes available in July and August.

Please visit the Education page at to download complete information about the program including the Policy and Procedures Manual, an application, and the full Montessori schedule for 2019-2020.

All interested participants must possess an understanding of the English language, written and spoken. In order to earn a Montessori Teacher designation, applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree. If you have a high school diploma or equivalent, or Associates degree, you will earn a Montessori Associate designation at the end of this program. Please note that many Montessori schools will not hire a teacher without the Montessori Teacher certificate. If you need additional information, please email Jigna Rao at


Module III (Spring 2019)

  • Child Development
  • Language
  • Music, Movement

Cost: $1,105 (price could be subject to change)

Module IV (Spring 2019)

  • Observation
  • Parent Involvement/Education
  • Science/Social Studies
  • Classroom Leadership

Cost: $1,306 (price could be subject to change)

Module I (Fall 2019)

  • Philosophy/Theory
  • Practical Life

Cost: $1,500 (price could be subject to change)

Module II (Fall 2019)

  • Sensorial
  • Math
  • Art

Cost: $997 (price could be subject to change)

Practicum - 540 hours

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Modules I-IV

Cost: $1,227 (price could be subject to change)

Course will open for Registration in Fall 2019

Tentative Course Dates: September 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020


Self- Directed Practicum

Cost: $2,027 (price could be subject to change)

Course will open for Registration in Fall 2019


All interested students should please download out Policies and Procedures Manual and Application.

Montessori Application Form

Montessori Policies and Procedures

Module I

The courses within this module will present the historical perspective and key components of the Montessori Method through Maria Montessori’s documentation. Montessori theory and education philosophy will be discussed along with the nature and development of young children and their absorbent minds. The importance of practical life learning will also be covered through hands-on applications in a Montessori environment. Students are required to compile an album and prepare short essays.

6.8 CEU

Cost: $1,500


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Sep 6

Oct 20


Tu, Th




Monica Shah

Sat classes: Sept 8, 22, Oct 6, 20

Sept 8, 22: 8:30am - 4:00pm

Oct 6, 20: 8:30am - 4:30pm

1/2 hour lunch on Saturday classes

Module III

Module III covers the Child Development, Language, and Music and Movement components of learning. Coursework within Child Development delve into the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social stages of child development and the learning theories that apply to them. Students will be required to compile an album for the language as well as music and movement segments.

7.2 CEU

Cost: $1,105


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Jan 10

Feb 28



Tu, Th




Monica Shah

Sat classes: Jan 12, 26; Feb 9, 23

1/2 hour lunch on Saturday classes

No class: Jan 29

Module IV

Observation, parent involvement, science, social studies, and classroom leadership all comprise Module IV. These important components will utilize Maria Montessori’s books as a basis for understanding and each student will be required to compile an album. Botany, zoology, earth elements, and physical science will be topics of study in science while land and water forms, globes, maps, and flags will be covered in social studies. In classroom leadership, students will learn the important class components of scheduling and curriculum planning, lesson strategies, communication, problem solving, and much more.

8.85 CEU

Cost: $1,306


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Mar 5

May 14



Tu, Th




Monica Shah

Sat classes: Mar 9, 16; Apr 6; May 4, 11

1/2 hour lunch on Saturday classes

No class: Mar 21; Apr 23, 25


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