ENTRANCE AND ENROLLMENT
Montgomery Montessori Institute
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.
Applicants wishing to enroll in Montgomery Montessori Institute should complete the following steps:
• Complete the application and short essay and return it with the $150.00 Application Fee
• Provide two official copies of college transcripts for each college or university attended
• Provide three letters of recommendation
• Read and sign the American Montessori Society (AMS) Associate Credential Policy Statement
• Complete a successful interview with the MMI Course Director
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.