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Prior to 2012 CME | NY was known as CMTE/NY

We continuously challenge ourselves to improve and enrich our programs--incorporating new technologies, refining our teaching materials and methods, carefully preparing all environments. Regularly, we examine and update our curriculum to reflect new discoveries while preserving the integrity of Montessori pedagogy.




CME|NY was founded in 1979 on the belief that as a teacher education institution we should embody the very principles, practices, and ideals central to a Montessori classroom: respect for the individual, development of the human potential, support of the community, nurturing the spirit, and pursuit of academic excellence.CMTE NY Class held outside

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Hailing from cities around the United States and Canada, our staff is a diverse group of individuals who represent a variety of teaching styles and educational backgrounds.

We are united by dual commitment to teaching authentic Montessori in our own classrooms and to bringing the enrichment of an authentic, evolving Montessori philosophy to our Adult Learners and schools.

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Questions about Montessori

Maria Montessori


The following is taken from the American Montessori Society pamphlet titled, "It is Necessary, It is Montessori":

"It is necessary to give children the possibility of developing according to the laws of their nature, so that they can become strong, and, having become strong, can do even more than dared hope for them."

-Maria Montessori



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The Approach of Montessori Education

Maria Montessori with a group of childrenMontessori advocated special preparation for the teacher: a course of study promoting self-knowledge along with knowledge of child development and techniques for implementing individualized learning, curriculum, and educational environment.  Authentic Montessori environments offer the child an experience that builds competence and confidence with unsurpassed effectiveness--a timeless gift from one of the world's great educators.  Authentic Montessori teacher education programs provide a rich, fertile ground for the nourishment and development of the teacher.

Maria Montessori created the first "Casa dei Bambini,"(Children's House) in the slum quarters of Rome, Italy.  With the 1912 publication of her first book, The Montessori Method, she described a revolutionary, new kind of school that gained immediate worldwide fame for the Montessori system.  She revealed how her tiny "students" realized a potential that no one, not even Montessori herself, had even dreamed of as being possible.

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Affiliations & Accreditations

Our Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood, and Administrator Courses are Affiliated by:

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Education for Adult Learners

What is CME|NY Montessori Education for Adult Learners?

The CME|NY teacher and administrator programs in Montessori education provide rigorous and comprehensive courses of study to best prepare adult learners for their work in Montessori classrooms and schools.  CME|NY Infant & Toddler and Early Childhood courses meet or exceed the requirements of AMS Affiliation and MACTE accreditation.

Each program consists of an academic phase and a practicum (or internship) phase. The academic phase for the Early Childhood program occurs at our Summer Institute at the College of New Rochelle (CNR) in New Rochelle, NY.  The Infant and Toddler program has a 10-day summer kick-off and summer 6-day wrap-up the following summer, with 6 weekends (October-May) during the school year, held at the CME|NY Adult Training Facility in New Rochelle, NY.  The Administrator program, consisting of 12 days the first summer and 6 days the second summer, is held at the CME|NY Adult Training Facility in New Rochelle, NY.

CME|NY has been on the forefront of developing and presenting meaningful and engaging Montessori curriculum to educate Adult Learners in the art of being a skilled and successful Montessori teacher or administrator.  The academic phase is a combination of classes, demonstrations, observations, course work, discussions, and practice, to help Adult Learners develop the skills, talents, fluency with Montessori philosophy, and expertise required of a Montessori teacher and/or administrator.  The Practicum Phase, working in a Montessori school, gives the Adult Learner the opportunity for further development under the guidance of an experienced Montessori teacher or administrator, as well as three visits from CME|NY faculty during the school year.  The Early Childhood program includes two seminars during the school year, when the cohort comes together for additional course work and support.  The quality of relationships and on-going network of support creates meaningful connections for participants in our programs.


CME|NY prepares adult learners to be competent, caring, and capable Montessori teachers and administrators and seeks to transform today’s enrollees into tomorrow’s Montessori leaders.

CME|NY is affiliated by AMS. We are an AMS-affiliated Teacher Education Program (TEP). Our Infant & Toddler and Early Childhood teacher education courses are accredited by MACTE. Our Administrator course is accredited by AMS.  Our program is aligned and in compliance with the quality principles required of MACTE accreditation:
• Our faculty is committed to the on-going development and enhancement of our programs;
• Our program has resources, practices, and sound management to support our adult learners with integrated academic and practicum experiences that lead to successful comprehension of Montessori methods.
• Our graduates fluently demonstrate the knowledge and understanding gained through our programs in their Montessori classrooms and schools and in their lives.


Overview of Montessori

Register Now for:

 Introduction to Montessori

Overview of Early Childhood Course

The Course is Now Being Offered


First Class begins Monday, May 11, 2020

Register Now!


"The mere imparting of information is not education." --Carter G. Woodson, American Historian 




Center for Montessori Education|NY ™
c/o Montessori Children's Center
220 Westchester Avenue
West Harrison, NY 10604
p. 914.363.8663

Our office hours are Monday-Thursday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm.
Please call to set up an appointment if you wish to meet with us in person.