Entrance and Enrollment
Montgomery Montessori Institute
When Montgomery Montessori Institute first found their passion for academics at an early age, few would have guessed the accolade and widespread success their scholarly work would achieve. Their research and exceptional insight has not only uncovered many new findings, but has also greatly impacted how professional academics teach about the field.
Entrance Requirements for MMI Courses & AMS Credentials
The candidate for the AMS Early Childhood or Infant & Toddler Credential holds as a minimum a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or its equivalent from a non-U.S. college or university. Upon successful completion of the Early Childhood or Infant & Toddler course, the director recommends the adult learner to AMS for an AMS Early Childhood or Infant & Toddler Credential.
AMS grants the AMS Associate Early Childhood or Infant & Toddler Credential to the course graduate who holds a Bachelor’s degree from a non-U.S. college or university and whose Bachelor’s degree does not equate to that of a U.S. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.
AMS grants the AMS Associate Early Childhood or Infant & Toddler Credential when the course graduate has a high school diploma or GED, but not a Bachelor's degree. Country, state and local employment requirements vary widely and change periodically. In addition, employment requirements vary in different types of schools, e.g. private, public/charter, faith-based, or publicly funded schools. In some locations or schools, an Associate Credential may not qualify for full teaching responsibility.
In the state of Maryland, Montessori early childhood teachers must hold at minimum a Bachelor's degree. The applicant is responsible for checking specific jurisdictions and schools for particular employment requirements.
Applicants for MMI's AMS Early Childhood or Infant & Toddler course who do not have a U.S. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or its equivalent, are required to sign a statement verifying that they have received the above information before they are considered for acceptance into MMI's course.
AMS strongly encourages holders of the AMS Associate Early Childhood or Infant & Toddler Credential to obtain their Bachelor’s degree within 7 years of credentialing. AMS hopes holders of an Associate credential consider the credential as the beginning of a journey of lifelong learning. Teachers with an Associate credential are eligible for an AMS Early Childhood or Infant & Toddler credential upon completing the Bachelor’s degree requirement. To upgrade a credential, the teacher must be a current AMS member and send an official transcript documenting the Bachelor’s degree with the credential upgrade fee to the AMS Office of Teacher Education.
Applications will be accepted no later than May 1
Applicants wishing to enroll in Montgomery Montessori Institute should complete the following steps:
Please click on the links to download and print the documents.
Complete the application
Read and sign the American Montessori Society (AMS) Associate Credential Policy Statemen
Submit as short essay discussing your current knowledge and interest in Montessori, and what you hope to learn and experience during your time with MMI.
Send these items along with the non-refundable $150 Application fee to:
Montgomery Montessori Institute
10500 Darnestown Road
Rockville, MD 20850
• Distribute, collect, and send Three letters of recommendation
When these forms are received, you will be contacted to schedule an interview. Most likely, it will be via Zoom or FaceTime. In previous years, you were invited to the school for a tour. However, due to COVID restrictions, we may not be able to invite you while the students are in the building.
• Complete a successful interview with the MMI Course Director
Be sure to prepare you questions, remember you are interviewing us, as well.
• Provide two official copies of college transcripts for each college or university attended.
Degrees earned outside the United States need to be evaluated for equivalency through a third party.
World Education Services
National Association of Credential Evaluation Services
Upon receipt of all the above required items, candidates will receive written notice regarding admission to Montgomery Montessori Institute. All adult learners are required to sign the MMI Enrollment Agreement to formalize admission.
Once arrangements for a practicum site have been made the student must:
• Provide a copy of a completed Medical Report for Staff In Child Care Centers
• Provide a copy of evidence of a state and/or federal background check
Candidates should be aware that criminal convictions might affect their ability to be licensed by the Maryland Office of Child Care or to be hired by a licensed facility.
Get in touch to learn more.