“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

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~~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.

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Infant & Toddler

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

04/13/2020.         ~~~Update:    Course instruction for Cambridge Montessori Institute is held within classrooms of Cambridge Montessori School (CMS).  Due to COVID-19, CMS is currently closed through Monday, May 4th.  With advice from numerous sources, the Head of School, Dr. Ingrid Tucker, will determine when our school community, including CMI will reopen.

As of today, Cambridge Montessori Institute course instruction is scheduled to begin on June 22, 2020.   Even though we remain optimistic to start on June 22nd, we are in the process of developing plans, should a new start date be necessary.   

 For more information on COVID-19, please click on the link below.


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.

  1. Why do you want to take this training course?
  2. What are your interest and skills?  What specific qualifications do you bring to this work?
  3. Describe your experiences with children.  Do you have any experience with children from birth to three years old, if so please explain.
  4. How do you intend to use your Montessori training?  How will your training further your professional goals?
STEP 2:         SUBMITTING PAPER WORK:     Once you have completed the online application you will need to submit the following:
  1. A current curriculum vitae or resume
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 awood@cambridgemontessori.org

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Private: Early Childhood

View our 2019-2020 early childhood course catalog here.

Apply now

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

Course dates:

•June 17 2020 – July 24, 2021

Seminar dates:

•November 6th – 8th, 2020

•April 2nd – 4th, 2021

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Professional Development Series


Due to the coronavirus, We are Postponing this event**

Update: 3/20/2020 CMI has contacted all those that have registered via email. We hope to offer these courses again in the future.

spring professional development Weekend

march 27-29, 2020

Introducing our exciting March workshop series! We are pleased to be offering: How to start a Montessori Parent-Infant Community (weekend long), “I am Capable!” Practical Life Activities for Toddlers (1-day), Sensorial Activities: A Pathway to Normalization (1-day), Nature the Montessori Way: Incorporating Forestkinder into Classrooms (1-day), and a special Professional Development workshop for admin, Creating the “Just Right” Professional Development Approach for your School!

Click on the workshop below to learn more and register!

There are no upcoming Events at this time.

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 awood@cambridgemontessori.org

Would you like to be added to our mailing list? Just send an email to the above address, letting us know!