We are in the process of restructuring our program to a summer coursework model. Our next cohort of student teachers will begin in the summer of 2017. More information will be available about the new program in the fall of 2016.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about the program, please contact Stefanie Penn, our program coordinator at 410-321-8555 Ext. 114 or

Admissions Procedure


Upon successful completion of the Early Childhood course, the director recommends the adult learner to AMS for an AMS Early Childhood Credential. An Early Childhood Credential is awarded to adult learners who hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university or its equivalent. The degree and country in which the graduate was awarded his/her Bachelor’s degree is indicated on the credential.

AMS grants the AMS Associate Early Childhood Credential when the course graduate has a high school diploma or GED, but not a Bachelor’s degree. But please be advised: country, state, and local employment requirements vary widely and change periodically. In addition, employment requirements vary in different types of schools (e.g., private, public/charter, faith based, publicly funded). In some locations or schools, an Associate Credential may not qualify for full teaching responsibility.

Even if it is currently possible to qualify for full teaching responsibility without a Bachelor’s degree, employment regulations may change in the future. The applicant is responsible for checking specific jurisdictions and schools for particular employment requirements.

Applicants for this AMS Early Childhood course who do not have a U.S. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S college/university or its equivalent are required to sign a statement verifying that they have received the above information before they are considered for acceptance into this course.

Candidates must be prepared to undertake a demanding course load due to the nature of the course cycle.

Step by Step: Applying and Acceptance

  1. Candidates must submit: 1) a completed application form, 2) a personal statement of not more than 500 words explaining their interest in obtaining Montessori certification, and 3) three letters of recommendation.
  2. Candidates will be interviewed by the Program Director and/or Program Coordinator either in person or by telephone before acceptance to the program.
  3. Evaluations of previous work will be done by the Program Director to determine if all or any part meets the criteria of the training center.  For an applicant seeking advanced standing or re-admission, credit can be given if the applicant has successfully completed all course assignments as well as oral and written exams.  The hours attended in the classroom must be the same as those currently offered at the Training Center.  Tuition will reflect the reduction in hours.
  4. MCMS reserves the right to make the final decision concerning an applicant’s admission to the program.

Tuition & Payment

We are in the process of restructuring our program to a summer coursework model. Tuition and fees have not yet been finalized. More information will be available about the new program in the fall of 2015.

For additional information, please contact the Program Coordinator, Stefanie Penn at 410-321-8555, Ext. 114 or