“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 Fall 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 a 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, 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.


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Infant & Toddler

Apply now for 2021-2022

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

The 2020-2021 Course is underway.  

If you are interested in joining the 2021-2022 Course, please contact the office or apply online.


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 PAPERWORK:     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 in the last three years.  One must be a professional reference, while the other two may be 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 the 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 than 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, the 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

Due to COVID-19, CMI will not be holding in-person professional development opportunities at this time. We are hopeful that by Spring 2021, we will be able to welcome you to campus for an array of opportunities to grow.

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.

Would you like to be a part of our professional development series? Feel free to send an email including your proposal?

Updated 9/20/2020