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AlisaHello and Welcome to the Maryland Center for Montessori Studies!

The Maryland Center for Montessori Studies (MCMS) is operated by the Montessori Society of Central Maryland, Inc., a non-profit organization founded to further the teaching principles and philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. Successful completion of the Early Childhood Teacher Certification Program results in teacher certification by the American Montessori Society. MCMS is affiliated with the American Montessori Society (AMS), accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) and approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Our Mission

The main goal of the MCMS Early Childhood Teacher Certification Program is to help interested individuals become effective Montessori teachers. The program focuses on the spiritual preparation of teachers as well as on the importance of the prepared environment. We hope to instill in students a deep respect for children and a sensitivity to their inner needs and styles of learning.

Our Program

The program content includes Montessori philosophy, theories of child development, the use of didactic materials, early childhood curricula, observation and record keeping, classroom management, science, geography multicultural, and peace education.

I look forward to talking with you about your interest in Montessori Education and desire to become a Montessori teacher of young children!

Warmest regards,

Alisa Anania
Program Director, MCMS


From the Training Center at Greenspring Montessori

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  • July 28, 2013

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