Administrator Course

Leadership: Finding Your Signature

  • Combine work and study with a convenient schedule of seminars and a 2-week summer session.

  • Learn and teach with a hybrid format: face-to-face and online.

  • Build community with diverse and competent colleagues.

  • Gain insight and support from Montessori mentors.

NEW START DATE! January 2018. After consideration, MECR has decided to run the Administrator Course every 2 years. Interested applicants please contact Dr. Merrie King at


Our Administrator course provides a comprehensive preparation for adults who wish to serve in leadership positions within Montessori schools. Montessori schools benefit from leadership that aligns with the Montessori educational approach.

The Administrator course is a hybrid course that consists of 200 hours face-to-face and 175 hours online coursework, and is designed to fit the schedules of full-time educational leaders. The face-to-face hours will occur during one weekend seminar during the winter/spring semester, a two-week summer session, followed by a nine-month practicum during which the student serves in a leadership capacity in a school setting. Three additional weekend seminars occur during the practicum year.

The face-to-face courses will include some online work as well. The online work is distributed throughout the entire 17 months and the face-to-face time is scheduled as indicated by the course calendar.

Graduates of the MECR Administrator course may need to complete additional coursework in order to be director qualified or prepared for principal licensure in the State of Colorado.

MECR is affiliated by the American Montessori Society (AMS) and accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE).

American Montessori Society (AMS)
116 East 16th St.
New York, NY 10003-2163
Tel (212) 358-1250 Fax (212) 358- 1256

** Graduates of our teacher preparation certification courses as well as our Administrator Course receive AMS credentials.
** (AMS Administrator Courses are not reviewed by MACTE.)

CALENDAR 2018-2019

The Administrator course may be completed in 17 months.
Total academic instructional classroom hours: (200 residence) (175 distance) (Total: 375)
Total administrator practicum hours: 720 minimum

NOTE: Face-to-Face sessions are all in CAPS; online sessions are in regular print.

January Overview:
January 2018 (35 hrs – online)

Thurs. evening, Feb. 15 – Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 (32 hours – residence)

Online Unit I: Program Development/Leading a Montessori School (15 hrs)

Educational Leadership: This entirely online course will be ongoing from March 1, 2018 – May 30, 2018 (75 hrs)

May – June:
Online Unit II: Montessori Curriculum (15 hrs)
Online Unit III: School Operations (15 hrs)

Saturday evening, July 7 – 20, 2018 – [Saturday evening, July 7 – Friday, July 13] and [Monday, July 16 –Friday, July 20] (88 hrs – residence in local Colorado schools*)

Online Unit IV: School Operations (20 hrs)

Thurs. evening, Nov. 15 – Monday, Nov. 19, 2018 (32 hrs – residence)

Thurs. evening, Feb. 14 – Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 (32 hrs – residence)

Friday evening, May 10 – Sunday, May 12, 2019 (16 hrs – residence)

Full academic year: August/September 2018 – May/June 2019
(Minimum of 720 hours, for 9 month school year)

*Montessori School of Evergreen; Montessori School of Denver


Evening sessions: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (3:30 optional arrival – settling in)
8:00 am. – 12:00 pm (7:30 am – 8:00 am – optional silent session)
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m.
Refrigerators and microwave ovens are available.
We recommend that students bring a sack lunch