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Administrator Course Description & AMS Competencies

CME|NY Administrator Course Description Program Development/Leading a Montessori School (Core)

(Course begins in Part 1 and continues in Part 2 and Part 3)

What differentiates a Montessori school from other schools?  The operating tenet of a learning community that exists in harmony with Montessori principles sets the tone for a Montessori school.  This core course provides the school head with the knowledge, understanding, skills, and practical applications for the creation of such a community.  The faculty, comprised of highly recognized and experienced Montessori educators, serve as role models of good leadership--attentive, understanding, patient, encouraging, community builders, conflict handlers, role models, and mentors.  Topics include: developing and leading a Montessori school—both starting a new Montessori school and expanding an existing one--AMS school accreditation, and professional development of self, teachers, and staff.  The course covers all aspects of the professional relationships with others, including working with teachers, parents, boards, and communities.  As observation is a key to Montessori philosophy and practices, Adult Learners receive both academic content of observation tools and techniques and opportunities for observation. Montessori Philosophy (Foundational)

(Course begins in Part 1 and continues in Part 2 and Part 3)

This foundational course is key to the Adult Learner’s understanding of the history of Maria Montessori, her life, work and relationship to current research in child development and education and the continued relevance of her work today. Topics include planes of development, Montessori concepts and theory, including peace and cosmic education. The importance of personal growth though self-evaluation and on-going professional development is experienced through the transformational effects of participation in this course. How to clearly articulate Montessori philosophy provides the school leader with skills necessary to implement and develop their own Montessori programs. Montessori Curriculum (Foundational)

(Course begins in Part 1 and continues in Part 3)

This foundational course provides Adult Learners with an overview of Montessori curriculum, materials, and lessons for all levels of Montessori education from birth to Secondary.  Those who already have a Montessori credential in one or more levels will still benefit from this important course as it provides specific information for the Adult Learner in their role as head of school.  For those without a Montessori credential, this course offers an exciting experience of the layered connections and threads of Montessori curriculum, as it moves from birth through secondary. Learning to assess and evaluate the Montessori curriculum provides the school leader with skills necessary to support the success of their own Montessori programs. Educational Leadership

(Course begins in Part 1 and continues in Part 2 and Part 3)

What makes a great leader?  What qualities of leadership can be developed?  How do we support ourselves in our leadership role?  This inspiring course offers Adult Learners the opportunity to engage personally and professionally to identify their needs and articulate their aspirations, and assists them in honing and refining their leadership skills and style to meet their goals. The learning is practical to better prepare each Adult Learner for the challenges and opportunities available to them -- whether they serve in a public, independent, or charter school, or a child care center. Led by some of the most dynamic leaders in the Montessori community today, topics include:  Leadership styles, leading and managing individuals and groups, communication skills, modeling, and mentoring. School Operations

(Course is divided between Part 2 and Part 3)

In order to run a successful school, the Adult Learner needs to be comfortable, competent, and capable in all aspects of school operations.  For those with a background in teaching, school operations often pose the most challenge; yet, these essential elements are not only necessary to smooth operations, they can transform a school.  The course is presented by lively and energetic Montessori leaders who teach much needed real-life skills in the following practical aspects of school operations:  financial management, marketing, enrollment, recruiting, hiring, termination, legal issues, strategic planning, and fundraising.  Whether the Adult Learner serves in a public, independent, or charter school, or at a child care center, this course provides tangible and attainable practices to help each meet their own aspirations for themselves and their school community.


CME|NY prepares our Adult Learners to be proficient in the following AMS competencies for the Montessori Administrator specialist:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of Montessori curriculum, its implementation, and expectations for Montessori teachers
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to communicate to parents and faculty the sequence of a Montessori curriculum and a rationale for the materials used in Montessori classrooms
  3. Demonstrate observational techniques in order to assist and evaluate the quality of the Montessori program, the teaching staff, and its effectiveness with children
  4. Demonstrate effective evaluation procedures for working with Montessori staff
  5. Demonstrate a strong understanding of the Montessori philosophy and child development
  6. Demonstrate an ability to communicate Montessori philosophy to parents, community, and other educational professionals
  7. Demonstrate an ability to communicate program goals to staff through professional development in-service programs
  8. Demonstrate school leadership in all areas of operation
  9. Develop a comprehensive and fully-functioning Montessori community
  10. Demonstrate knowledge of school/child-care governmental regulations

Overview of Montessori

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 Introduction to Montessori

Overview of Early Childhood Course

The Course is Now Being Offered


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
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