To apply to the MCMS AMS Early Childhood Program, download the application at this link and return it, with all supporting documents (outlined below), to:

Alisa Anania
Director, Maryland Center for Montessori Studies
10807 Tony Drive
Lutherville, Maryland 21093

You will need an Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the application.

Admissions Procedure


The candidate for the AMS Early Childhood Credential holds as a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S college/university or its equivalent from a non-U.S. college/university. 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 non-U.S. college/university and whose bachelor’s degree does not equate to that of a U.S. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university. 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. 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 a 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.
  5. Applications will be taken up to August 31 prior to the start of the program.

Tuition & Payment

Tuition for the MCMS 2013-2015 program is $6,280, payable upon acceptance into the program. Tuition fees cover the cost of instruction and all hand-outs for teaching manuals. In addition, there are two fees that are non-refundable after seven days of signing the Enrollment Agreement:

  • $150.00 application fee
  • $100.00 tuition deposit fee due upon acceptance into the program (waived if paid by September)

Deferred Payment Plans

Arrangements may be made to spread your tuition payments over a period of time in increments of five payments beginning June 1.

  • Application and deposit fees due as stated above.
  • $1,256 per month plus service charges of 1.5% per month on the unpaid balance. All bills are due and payable upon receipt of statement. Service charges are calculated on the unpaid balance of the account on the last day of the month in which the bill is due. This charge reflects an annual percentage rate of 18% per year.

Your deferred payment plan constitutes a Consumer Credit Contract. The rights of any holder of said contract to collect from you is subject to all claims, set-offs and defenses which you could assert against the original seller of goods or services; however, your recovery shall not exceed any amounts paid by you under said contract.

An alternative arrangement may be made with FACTS Management Company, an outside service, which provides an interest-free monthly plan. There is a $38 application fee. Payments begin by June 1. Information on this plan is available from MCMS.

Additional Expenses

  • AMS: Student fee of $115 payable to the American Montessori Society on acceptance to the program is included in the tuition
  • Self-Directed Internship: $300 fee for supervising students doing a self-directed internship
  • Penalty: See attendance.
  • Housing: Housing is not provided by the Center. We will be glad to furnish names of hotels and motels in the immediate vicinity.
  • Continuation fee: $250 per year if work goes beyond the completion date

For additional information, please contact the Program Director, Alisa Anania, or call us at 410-321-8555, EXT. 113.