Early Childhood Montessori Credential

The Montessori method is a child-centered educational approach that incorporates self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. Children are able to make creative choices in their learning, while the classroom and the teacher offer activities to guide the process.

With a CMTC Early Childhood Montessori Credential, you provide support for the development of the whole child (ages 3-6) physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and spiritual — in a thoughtfully prepared learning environment. You will be prepared to lead a Montessori classroom.

There are two track levels that included the same summer intensive classes and nine month practicum, but render different certificate levels based on your current level of education.

  • Full Track: Renders a full CMTC Certificate (provided you have earned a Bachelor degree before enrolling).
  • Associates Track: Renders Associate CMTC Certificate (provided you have earned an associates degree before enrolling).
  • Professional Development Track: Take weekly courses a-la-carte to render Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for professional development hours only.

Who Should Enroll

  • K-12 licensed teachers seeking a Montessori credential to teach in private or public Montessori schools
  • Persons with a bachelor’s or associate’s degrees seeking a Montessori credential to teach in a public or private Montessori school.

Summer Intensive Classes

The Student will:

  • Train future teachers with the skills and tools they need to be leaders in their classrooms, following the command in Joshua, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
  • Equip adult learners with Christian curriculum, tools, and methods that impart a faith-based understanding of Classroom Management.
  • Gain an understanding of what it means to observe in a Christian Montessori classroom and share his/her understanding of the importance of observation as a means of understanding the child.
  • Gain appropriate actions and attitudes to ensure outcomes of Christian Montessori education.
  • Learn the importance of observation as a means of understanding the child.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of techniques used as well as the objective attitude required for observation.
  • Demonstrate mastery of classroom management skills and techniques.

The Student will:

  • Learn how to lead children in an understanding of their Christian faith in the context of the natural world around them.
  • Equip adult learners with curriculum, tools, and methods that incorporate a Christian understanding of human history, the natural world, and geography.
  • Develop a keen sense of God’s love for the world and the Christian’s call to love of neighbor.
  • Demonstrate through the curriculum the Biblical teaching of “The heavens declare the glory of God.” (Psalm 19)
  • Learn the use of Montessori materials of the cultural subjects.
  • Learn to develop and create new materials and experiences as needed to encourage the exploration of the natural world in different ways through classification.
  • Learn the importance of fostering in the child a respect and love for the familiar and unfamiliar parts of the world, including physical aspects and regions, cultures and people, plants and animals.
  • Learn how to encourage the child to see himself or herself in the community and the world they inhabit.
  • Become instructors who use language in the classroom in a way that is sensitive, loving, and infused with the spiritual hope for students and communities.
  • Equip adult learners with Christian curriculum, tools, and methods that impart a faith-based understanding of Montessori Language Development.
  • Learn how to guide students to express in the use of language the Scripture – “Encourage one another and build one another up.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the sensitive period for language development in the child from birth to age six.
  • Achieve an understanding of the interrelationships involving the child, the teacher, and the environment in establishing a basic language program of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
  • Gain an understanding of the sequential ordering of the language materials as part of the environmental design.
  • Equip adult learners with Christian curriculum, tools, and methods that impart a faith-based understanding of Montessori Mathematics.
  • Develop a keen understanding of the interconnectedness between Mathematics and the world around us.
  • Learn how to guide children to see the order that God has created through the study of mathematics. (Genesis 1:1-2)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the sensitive period for mathematic development for children up to six years of age.
  • Develop competencies and understanding of Montessori Mathematical materials.
  • Show the ability to teach numbers 1 -10, decimal system, basic four operations, and have the knowledge to teach the materials in logical progression from concrete to abstract.
  • Have availability of Montessori mathematics lessons on video by instructor.
  • Become aware of the flow and sequence of Montessori mathematical materials according to the child’s appropriate developmental level.
  • Gain understanding of sequential ordering of the mathematical materials on the shelves as part of preparation of the classroom environment.
  • Know how to prepare and connect the child to mathematical materials
  • Have the ability to explain the rationale of the Montessori mathematical materials.
  • Through observation, gain understanding when the next lesson should be presented.
  • Prepare mathematics manual.
  • Practice lessons during study lab time with another adult student – changing roles as presenter and student; giving comments to each other at the end of each presentation.
  • Receive support and intervention by instructor during lab time.
  • Develop classroom leadership skills.
  • Learn to keep records and assess progress of children.
  • Learn to communicate with parents.
  • Create an original activity in the subject area with write-up and photo to submit.

The Student will:

  • Demonstrate how all work, including the most routine, can be filled with purpose and integrity and done to the glory of God.
  • Equip adult learners with Christian curriculum, tools and methods that impart a faith-based understanding of Montessori Practical Life.
  • Learn how to guide students so that they can fulfill the biblical mandate to “be strong and do all their work in love.” (1 Corinthians 16:14)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Montessori philosophy of Practical Life and its application in curriculum.
  • Apply strategies learned to classroom teaching; demonstrate a broad repertoire of teaching strategies such as planning a Montessori environment, preparation of manipulative materials for learning, demonstration of activities, modeling behavior, and using verbal directions.
  • Provide opportunities for choice, problem solving, decision-making, and responsibility for learning on the part of the child.
  • Evaluate objectives, individual growth, and learning of the children.
  • Provide individualized learning experiences through insight gained by observation.
  • Select and arrange Practical Life activities in a classroom setting.
  • Design and evaluate curriculum materials and resources appropriate for children with varying abilities and cultural backgrounds.
  • Develop individual adapted materials to meet the needs and interests of children.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of continuum with curriculum materials.
  • Demonstrate ability to plan and implement group activities.
  • Implement appropriate recordkeeping methods.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the rationale of the curriculum materials.
  • Demonstrate ability to articulate the Montessori program in the community and to conduct parent education.
  • Implement standards required by health and education codes.
  • Maintain equipment and supplies.

The Student will:

  • Celebrate God’s creation in the specific blessings of human senses.
  • Instill an appreciation for and an understanding of how each child is created in the image of God and in light of Scripture is “fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14)
  • Equip adult learners with Christian curriculum, tools, and methods to support the educational and spiritual needs of their future communities.
  • Gain an understanding of the sequence, purpose, and development of the Sensorial materials.
  • Share his/her understanding of the didactic material utilized in sensory-motor development.
  • Demonstrate the use of the Montessori Sensorial materials, variations, and extensions.
  • Gain an appreciation for the beauty and logic of the materials.

The Student will:

  • Develop activities, methods, and techniques that draw out the God-given creativity of each student.
  • View each student as a unique, whole person created by God.
  • Learn that there is a spiritual component to the creative arts since “God created and heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1-2)
  • Understand the theory and philosophy behind using art, movement, and music in a Montessori classroom.
  • Understand and implement the use of various media and offer insights into how to present art experiences to young children.
  • Be able to present basic elements of design and composition.
  • Demonstrate mastery of mixing colors, color harmonies, and contrasts.
  • Be equipped to teach basic art terminology and technique.
  • Gain techniques through lessons that enable children to engage independently in self-expressive art.
  • Understand the rationale for the study of art in a Montessori classroom.
  • Be able to create art activities and experiences that meet the individual needs and developmental levels of the children.
  • Be able to integrate art with other areas of classroom study.
  • Be able to choose songs and activities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to keep the beat, rhythm, high and low voices.
  • Participate in a variety of singing and movement activities.
  • Be introduced to telling stories and acting out familiar and traditional stories with children.
  • Be introduced to rhythm band instruments-naming games, listening activities, and playing instruments to music.
  • Demonstrate mastery in presenting “walking the line” activity with a selection of sources for line activities with special attention to in-classroom examples.
  • Demonstrate skills in presenting a lesson for the whole child, including the spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, and linguistic aspects of the child.

The Student will:

  • Learn that faith formation occurs at all times in light of the Scriptures that declare, “You shall teach them diligently to your children impressing God’s precepts on their minds.” (Deuteronomy 6:7)
  • Equip adult learners with an entire curriculum, including unique and beautiful materials, to teach the Christian truths in Atrium lessons.
  • Develop an understanding of how education and spiritual formation go hand in hand.
  • Be able to summarize the life history of Maria Montessori.
  • Gain a basic understanding of the Montessori method of education.
  • Learn the 3 important principles of the Montessori method for the classroom.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the five aspects or dimensions of child development.
  • Understand the five methods of observation and be able to conduct observation sessions with children.
  • Become an active observer of the young child.
  • Gain knowledge in the principles used for the understanding of the child, in preparing the environment, and in the role of the teacher as guide.
  • Demonstrate skills in presenting a lesson for the whole child, including the spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, and linguistic aspects of the child.

The Student will:

  • Learn to understand children because of the example of Christ who “…took a child, and set him in the midst of them, and said to them, ‘Whoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receives me, and whoever receives me, does not receive me, but him that send me.’” (Mark 9:36)
  • Gain an understanding of how Montessori’s understanding of the child lends itself to understanding not only educational needs, but also spiritual and psychological.
  • Demonstrate knowledge, application, and analysis of the philosophical base upon which Montessori early childhood and elementary education programs have been and are currently developed.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of child development as it relates to the educational method.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of the impact that environmental design and preparation has upon the development of the child.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and competency in her or his role as educational guide for the child’s development.
  • Acquire resources and strategies for effectively communicating the Montessori program to all concerned parties.

The Student will:

  • Learn to support parents in their role as the first and foremost teachers of their children in light of the Biblical passage that declares, “Train a child in the way he should do and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
  • Equip adult learners with language, procedures, and role-play practice in involving parents in their children’s spiritual and education formation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of human development and education by being able to interpret child development and early education concepts to other staff, parents, and community members.
  • Plan programs that meet the individual needs and interests of children appropriate to their development, socio-cultural background, and experience level including providing opportunities for choice, problem solving, decision making, and responsibility for learning on the part of the children.
  • Demonstrate interest and knowledge of community served through learning about the community, conducting parent conferences, practicing nonjudgmental listening and interactions, communicating about the program, and facilitating the parent-education partnership.
  • Demonstrate program leadership including knowledge of standards required by health/education/welfare codes; organization of schedules, supplies, equipment, and budget planning; and coordination of staff and classroom operations.