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Early Childhood



CME|NY prepares adult learners to be competent, caring, and capable Montessori teachers and seeks to transform today’s enrollees into tomorrow’s Montessori leaders. Our Early Childhood courses are designed to include the three categories of competencies required by AMS and MACTE: Knowledge, Pedagogy, and Teaching with Grace and Courtesy.  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 programs have 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.

•  100% of our graduates seeking employment find a teaching position.

300 Academic Hours

Child Development/Psychology (Academic contact hours: 28)

This course presents the major theoretical approaches to child development during the early childhood period. It introduces the principles, concepts, and facts of child development, giving Adult Learners a firm foundation and rich understanding of the stages of human growth in the early childhood ages. The course assists the Montessori teacher in having appropriate expectations for children’s behaviors, growth, and development.

 Montessori Philosophy/Theory  (Academic contact hours: 32)

A series of lectures, discussions, videotapes, movie and field trips that engage the adult in the Montessori method in theory and in current practice.  An in-depth study of Montessori (then and now) centering on both theoretical and practical aspects. Adult Learners deepen their understanding of Montessori, and improve their ability to communicate Montessori philosophy to peers and parents as it applies to the early childhood age group.

Observation Techniques and Strategies (Academic contact hours: 32)

This course provides the Adult Learner with a rationale for and benefits of classroom observations and record keeping.  A variety of observation techniques and different formats for record keeping are presented.  The developmental aspects of the children, the components and features of the prepared environment, and the role of the teacher are explored as well as the necessity of observation for the development of essential skills for the Montessori teacher. Adult Learners gain an understanding of the use observation, documentation, and analytical skills to create appropriate lesson plans as well as the use observation and documentation to record their students’ progress.

Practical Life (Academic contact hours:  35)

This course uses lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and supervised materials practice sessions to integrate the philosophy with actual Montessori practical life exercises.  A child's independence, concentration, coordination, and sense of order begins with the body.  The Montessori practical life materials aid in the development of the whole child, as well as in the development of the necessary skills for reading, writing, and successful learning.  A child's body, the muscular movement, the ordering of thought and movement, and a careful and gradual extension out of the body into care of the immediate world around the child is...Practical Life.  The Adult Learners develop and deepen their own sensitivity toward this important and foundational curriculum area in the early childhood classroom.

Sensorial (Academic contact hours:  35)

This course provides the Adult Learner with the sensorial basis of Montessori education for the early childhood age level.  An understanding of the theory, the concepts underlying the materials and their use are emphasized.  Adult Learners gain fluency and appreciation for the depth of this central curriculum area and its central role in the Early Childhood Classroom.

Mathematics (Academic contact hours:  38)

Through lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and supervised practice sessions, the intellectual development of mathematical thinking and the mathematical processes and competencies are studied and explored. Adult Learners receive in depth presentation and practice in the Montessori mathematical materials, and the rational for their use in the classroom. 

Language/Reading (Academic contact hours:  35)

With lectures, demonstrations, discussions, supervised materials practice sessions, the mechanical and intellectual development of Language as it is understood from the writings of Maria Montessori and as a whole Language curriculum are presented. The preliminary lectures deal with the philosophy and rationale of why teach young children to read and write.  The course provides in-depth understanding of the developmental stages for reading readiness and the presentation of such materials going from the most basic conversational to the most abstract operations involved:  namely, the interpretation of the meaning and the pronunciation aloud of the word to the grammatical function of words. The course provides skills and techniques to assist the teacher in supporting the development of reading and writing skills in students.

Art, Music, Creative Movement (Combined Academic contact hours: 18.5)


This course provides the Adult Learner with a feasible, workable structure for the implementation of a developmentally appropriate art curriculum for the early childhood level.  This course compliments Montessori theory and enables the art program to be a contributing piece of the total Montessori environment and experience.  The course provides techniques for preparing an art environment that will entice and inspire the Adult Learners to nurture artistic creation, exploration, identification, and appreciation in their young students. 


This inspiring and fun course provides an overview of what is most important and exciting to children in music at the early childhood age level.  Specific materials, songs, tunes, combined with a joyful participatory experience, enable Adult Learners to bring a delightful music experience to their own classrooms and their own students.

Creative Movement

This motivating course presents the rationale for and the mechanics of physical locomotion and creative movement for the early childhood age.  Concepts and material are presented by means of lecture, discussion, demonstrations, and participation in movement experiences. Movement is essential for life and learning. Come ready to move!

Physical and Life Science (Academic contact hours:  6.5)

This course teaches how to integrate science throughout the curriculum with hands-on activities as well as through poetry and literature.  Adult Learners will be able to construct a Science area in their classrooms that draws the interest of their students and which both promotes questions and discoveries about the world around them.

Adult Learners will become proficient in their ability to utilize a wide variety of resources to support an interdisciplinary approach to Science (poetry, non-fiction and trade books, posters, trips, observation and recording techniques, as well as experimental hands-on materials).  This course will enable Adult Learners to expand on or to create any new areas of scientific experimentation for their students.

Social Studies (Academic contact hours: 7.5)

This course presents the nature of the Earth and its inhabitants.  Adult Learners engage with the scope of geography and history lessons, which then become a natural and exciting part of their own classrooms.  Geography is presented as sensorial, practical life, and language extensions.

Classroom Leadership (Academic contact hours: 24.75)

Since classroom leadership and management is central to the overall success of a Montessori classroom or environment, topics in Classroom Management are integrated in various lessons, including:  Preparation of Environment, Scheduling and Curriculum Planning, Lesson Strategies, Evaluation of Children, Techniques for Discipline, Communication, and Problem Solving. Adult Learners are exposed to effective management strategies and are exposed to methods of creating cooperation and community between teachers and children.

Parent Involvement/Education (Parent-Educator-Partnership) (Academic contact hours: 7.75)

A series of forums provides the opportunity to become familiar with the psychological and emotional stages of parenthood--and the broad spectrum of feelings parents have as they interact with their children.  The forums will provide instruction in how teachers can assist the development of a successful parent-child relationship.  The forums will address the importance of dialogue between parent and teacher, and the function of the Montessori community in facilitating a better understanding of the needs of children and the Montessori method.  Stresses that parents experience will be studied in relation to Montessori's ideas of assistance to the life of the child.  Adult Learners will reflect on the way they were parented and how that might affect their interactions with children and parents. We learn how the importance of effective communication and professionalism, as well as respect for each individual, are keys to the success of the parent-educator partnership.

Practicum Student-Teaching (minimum 540 hours)

The function of the Practicum Experience is to provide the Adult Learner with a supervised teaching/learning experience and a period of observation, internalization, and further study, to bring together the theory and practice of Montessori education. Using the knowledge and skills gained during the academic training, the Adult Learners engage in the practicum experience to deepen their understanding and further develop as professional Montessori educators.

 Practicum Models and Time Periods                                                             

The minimum early childhood practicum is defined as lasting a full academic year, with the Adult Learner working at the practicum site, in the classroom of an approved Supervising Teacher, for three (3) hours a day, five (5) days a week for nine consecutive months (or other equivalent time minimums as approved by AMS).  No part of the practicum may precede the beginning of the academic phase of the course.  The class should contain children in the full 2 1/2 - 6 age span and be equipped with the full complement of Montessori materials.  The Adult Learner may not be asked to assume total responsibility for a class without the presence of a Supervising Teacher or other qualified staff person.  Special arrangements may be made for qualified self-directed interns.

CME|NY applies the following guidelines for Practicum Sites:

Please note: Adult Learners must begin the practicum experience within two years of the end of the academic phase.

AMS Membership: CME|NY recommends but does not require that a practicum site is an AMS member school.

Supervising Teacher: CME|NY requires a Supervising Teacher to hold a Montessori Credential and has completed at least one year of teaching after receipt of the Montessori Credential.  A copy of the credential must be submitted to CME|NY .

Non-Discrimination Policy and Licensing: The site must have a written non-discrimination policy for children and staff. The site must meet all local and state regulations.

Agreement: CME|NY requests that the Adult Learner provide a copy of the job description/letter of agreement signed by the Adult Learner and School Official. School officials demonstrate their agreement to cooperate with the practicum requirements in matters relating to the practicum by signing and submitting with a Practicum Site Agreement Form (PSAF).  

Environment: The environment must be designed and equipped to meet the developmental needs of the children served. The environment must include child-sized furnishings and a full array of recommended Montessori materials for the age range, arranged on open shelves accessible to all children.

Supervision: Supervision of the Adult Learner during the practicum experience is provided by the Supervising Teacher and Field Consultant or, in the case of a self-directed practicum, through the Field Consultant and On-site Advisor.  

Practicum Seminars                                                                                    

Minimum 16 hours during the school year. 

Overview of Montessori

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 Introduction to Montessori

Overview of Early Childhood Course

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First Class begins Monday, May 11, 2020

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"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

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