Montessori Teacher Certification
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.) This 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 the 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 successfully complete all modules and practicum hours. You may begin with Module I, or II; 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 which begins the September or January following completion of all four Modules. There are no classes available in July and August.
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 youre Bachelor's degree is from another country, it must be validated by a credentialing service (many students utilize World Education Services.) If you have a high school diploma 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.
General Application Information:
Policies and Procedures Handbook
Applications can be delivered or mailed to:
The Center for Continuing Studies
1200 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, NJ 08550
For additional questions, e-mail us or call 609-570-3856.
2017-18 calendar will be posted soon. Please check back.
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: $1,478 (price includes AMS fee of $220 and MACTE fee of $158)
Begins in September (dates to be posted soon)
13 sessions / Tuesdays & Thursdays / 5:30-8:30pm
2 sessions / Saturdays, September 10 and 24 / 8:30am-4pm*
2 sessions / Saturdays, October 8 and 22 / 8:30am-4:30pm*
*1/2 hour for lunch
Module II covers the areas of Sensorial learning, Math and Art. Montessori materials will be presented and practiced upon to strengthen students’ understanding of education and refinement of senses. The Sensorial area of any Montessori classroom builds the foundation of future success. Students will then learn the importance that Math and Art plays in the Montessori classroom. Each student will be required to compile an album for each area as well as begin a resource file.
7.8 CEU Cost: $997
13 sessions / Tuesdays & Thursdays / 5:30-8:30pm
4 sessions / Saturdays, November 5 and 12 and December 3 and 17 / 8:30am-4pm**
*Class will not meet Nov 24
**1/2 hour for lunch
Montessori Module III
Module III covers the Child Development, Language, and Music and Movement components of learning. Coursework within Child Development will 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 (tuition $961, administrative fee $144)
12 sessions / Tuesdays & Thursdays / 5:30-8:30pm
5 sessions / Saturdays* / 8:30am – 4:30pm**
No class on January 24, February 21 and 23.
*Saturday classes: January 7 and 21, February 4, 11 and 25 (1/2 hour lunch break provided)
**February 25 class – 9am – 3:30pm
Instructors: Monica Shah, Madhavi Marella, Mamta Shah
Montessori 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.
88.5 CEU. Cost: $1,306 (tuition $1136, administrative fee $170)
February 21 – May 6
17 sessions / Tuesdays & Thursdays / 5:30 – 8:30pm
5 sessions / Saturdays* / 8:30 – 4:30pm**
No class March 9, April 11 and 13, and May 4
*Saturday classes: March 4 and 18, April 1 and 29, May 6 (1/2 hour lunch break provided)
** April 29 and May 6 class – 9am – 3:30pm
Instructors: Monica Shah and Madhavi Marella
Practicum - 540 hours
Pre-requisite: Successful completion of all Modules
54.0 CEU. Cost $1,227 (Tuition $1,067, administrative fee $160)
Sept 2017-June 2018
10 or more days before the beginning of a class: 100% refund
Less than 10 days before class start date: no refund
Credit card payments will be refunded to the credit card; cash and check payments will be refunded via a check from MCCC.