“The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six.” ~Dr. Maria Montessori
~~Now enrolling for the Summer 2020-2021 Cohort~~
Welcome to Cambridge Montessori Institute.
Located in the heart of Cambridge, MA, Cambridge Montessori Institute (CMI) was founded in 2016 by the Leadership Team of Cambridge Montessori School (CMS). CMS is the oldest accredited Montessori school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, proudly serving students aged 21 months through eighth grade for over 50 years. CMI training is conducted by master-level faculty which prepares trainees to create curriculum for students to thrive.
Now more than ever, there is an increased interest in the benefits of Montessori education throughout the country, and, in turn, a high demand for excellent teachers. CMI’s teacher education programs are designed to meet this growing need by providing high quality professional development and training in the field of Montessori education. At Cambridge Montessori Institute, we are committed to strengthening relationships within the local community of Montessori educators and organizations and to fostering opportunities that promote Montessori education in the greater Boston area and around the country.
Tuition includes all required texts, access to curriculum, and resource support for teachers.
View our cmi 2019-2020 course catalog here.
~~ 2020 – 2021 Course catalog coming soon ~~
Apply now for 2020-2021
Montessori Infant and Toddler Teacher Education Program
The first three years of life serve as a critical foundation for development. Cambridge Montessori Institute’s Infant and Toddler teacher education program provides comprehensive learning in Montessori philosophy and practice, child development, pedagogy, environmental design, program leadership, personal growth and development and observation to give teachers the knowledge, skills and confidence they will need to support infants, toddlers, and their families in a prepared classroom environment.
Core course components: Montessori Philosophy, Montessori Pedagogy, Environmental Design, and Child, Family, and Community
Foundational course components: Observation, Personal Growth & Development, Program Leadership
Other course components: Child Development
2020-2021 Course Dates*
Course dates: All course dates will be finalized by January 30, 2020
Summer Session I: June 22, 2020 – July 24, 2020
Seminar I: November 6-8, 2020
Seminar II: April 9-11, 2021
SummerII: June 14-June 18, 2021
Helpful tips for submitting an application
CMI encourages all applicants to submit the information as far in advance as possible, as it can take several weeks for all of the paperwork to be processed. Prior to April 1st is ideal, as the application fee increases after that date. All applications will be processed in the order that they are received.
STEP 1: APPLY ONLINE: Past applicants have found it helpful to create a Word or Google doc to write in paragraph essay form the answers to the following questions. Applicants can use the copy-cut-and-paste to submit answers online when prompted.
- Why do you want to take this training course?
- What are your interest and skills? What specific qualifications do you bring to this work?
- Describe your experiences with children. Do you have any experience with children from birth to three years old, if so please explain.
- How do you intend to use your Montessori training? How will your training further your professional goals?
- A current curriculum vitae or resume
- Three signed letters of reference written with in the last three years. One must be a professional reference, while the other two maybe either professional, personal or academic
- Official transcripts from all post High School institutions. These are a necessary requirement of the American Montessori Society (AMS). Upon successful completion of Cambridge Montessori Institute Teacher Education Program, CMI will submit these transcripts along with a letter of recommendation to be certified.
- Non-Native Speakers of English are required to submit a TOEFL score greater that 550. If an applicant has other evidence of his or her English speaking skills, he or she may request in writing a waiver.
- Two photos–optional
**To help with the processing of your submissions, please use the following format in the subject line of your emails (Last name, First Name, topic of the email) for example: Wood, Amy–Resume attached.**
We encourage all applicants to submit the information as far in advance as possible.
Once all required documents have been received, the application will be reviewed by the CMI Administrative Coordinator and CMI Program Director. You will be contacted by phone or email to arrange for a personal interview at CMI. Applicants will then receive a letter from CMI stating whether or not they have been accepted into the program. Upon acceptance, a candidate reserves a place in the course with a non-refundable tuition deposit fee of $500.
We are looking forward to helping you become a certified Montessori educator.
If you have any questions about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact, Amy Wood, Administrative Coordinator for CMI at 617.492.3410 ext. 126 or email at email@example.com
View our 2019-2020 Infant Toddler course catalog by clicking here.
View our 2019-2020 early childhood course catalog here.
Montessori Early Childhood Teacher Education Program
Children of three-to-six years explore the world through their hands and their senses, constructing themselves from their experiences in their environment. Our program provides comprehensive learning in Montessori philosophy and theory, child development and psychology, Montessori Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Science and Mathematics Curriculum, art, music, cultural, classroom leadership, parental involvement and observation to give teachers the knowledge to guide child in their social, emotional, and intellectual growth during this important period of development.
Core course components: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, Physical and Life Science, Social Studies, Classroom Leadership
Foundational course components: Montessori Philosophy/Theory, Observation
Other course components: Child Development; Art, Music, Movement; Parent Involvement/Education
2020 – 2021
•June 17 2020 – July 24, 2021
•November 6th – 8th, 2020
•April 2nd – 4th, 2021
Save the date:
spring professional development Weekend
march 27-29, 2020
12.3.19 Update: The details of this weekend are in the process of being finalized and will be posted to this page by January 15th or sooner.
Let CMI know how you would like to grow professionally
At CMI, we want to provide professional development opportunities that will meet the changing needs of Montessori educators. If there is a topic that you would like to see offered, please send an email to the Administrative Coordinator, Amy Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org
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past Professional development
Seminar for Montessori Toddler Teachers featuring Susan Tracy McDaniel
THE TWO-DAY SEMINAR OUR MONTESSORI COMMUNITY HAS BEEN WAITING FOR
Environmental Design and Developmentally Appropriate Practice: In this two-day seminar, participants will learn how to create an optimal Montessori Infant & Toddler program that is meaningful and developmentally appropriate. Build the skills needed to facilitate a fantastic Montessori classroom! How do Montessori philosophy and child development guide the design of the classroom? You will explore, dissect, and study the first plane of development to learn what an authentic Montessori environment should look and feel like.
Susan Tracy McDaniel, MED, is director of Learning Together Education in Barrington, IL. As a consultant to schools and social service agencies, Susan has both AMI and AMS Infant and Toddler Montessori credentials and provides Montessori teacher education internationally. She has more than 25 years of experience working with children, families and teachers.
Montessori Teacher Assistant Course featuring Kathryn Miller
MONTESSORI TEACHER ASSISTANT COURSE Instructed by: Kathryn Miller This is two day course is designed to inspire and support the Montessori assistant teacher. Participants will leave with helpful information that will help them to integrate seamlessly as a team member. Areas of emphasis include: Positive Discipline, curriculum overview, theory and practice and the roll of the assistant teacher.
Instructor Kathryn Miller will lead the course. Kathryn has taught at Montessori schools for over 30 years. She is an instructor at the Houston Montessori Center for Teachers and The Institute of Montessori Education focusing on Early Childhood Montessori education. She is a frequent continuing education workshop presenter both locally and nationally for the American Montessori Society, as well as a respected leader in the local Montessori community as a mentor, field consultant, and teacher trainer.
Saturday Workshop: Spirit of the Teacher & Guiding Behavior for Montessori Toddler Teachers featuring Marcia Hubelbank
Participants will learn the positive effects of guiding natural toddler development by using an indirect approach to achieve positive results; learners will deepen their understanding of transitions. They will learn tips and techniques to develop a peaceful toddler community.
Sunday Workshop: Designing Toddler Activities: Children’s Work is Their Play featuring Marcia Hubelbank
Using the sensitive periods as a guide, participants will learn how to create and facilitate appropriate activities and materials for toddlers. In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to create their own toddler activity (materials and supplies provided) that they can take to their classrooms Monday morning!