FAQs

Prerequisites

The prerequisite for an AMS Infant & Toddler credential is a college degree at the bachelor’s level or higher. Additionally, the Infant and Toddler course requires the 1-week Overview Course on Montessori in the Early Childhood Classroom. (Overview Course waived for applicants who hold a Montessori EC Credential from any AMS/MACTE recognized credentialing agency.)

The prerequisite for an Associate AMS Infant & Toddler credential is a high school diploma or equivalent. Additionally, the Infant and Toddler course requires the 1-week Overview Course on Montessori in the Early Childhood Classroom. (Overview Course waived for applicants who hold a Montessori EC Credential from any AMS/MACTE recognized credentialing agency.) We strongly encourage all such students to complete a BA/BS degree within seven years of graduation from the MECR course. On later completion of a BA/BS degree, the Associate credential may be upgraded to a full AMS credential. Candidates for an Associate credential should verify their local regulations to determine the required qualifications for employment in their home state.

  • The prerequisite for an AMS Early Childhood credential is a college degree at the bachelor’s level or higher. The degree can be in any field of study, which we find makes for dynamic and interesting interactions with other members of the cohort during training.
  • The prerequisite for an Associate AMS Early Childhood credential is a high school diploma or equivalent. We strongly encourage all such students to complete a BA/BS degree within seven years of graduation from the MECR course. On later completion of a BA/BS degree, the Associate credential may be upgraded to a full AMS credential. Candidates for an Associate credential should verify their local regulations to determine the required qualifications for employment in their home state.

Graduates of the MECR Early Childhood course are Early Childhood Teacher qualified in the State of Colorado.

The prerequisite for an AMS Elementary-I credential is a college degree at the bachelor’s level or higher. The degree can be in any field of study, which we find makes for dynamic and interesting interactions with other members of the cohort during training. The Elementary Course also requires the 1-week Overview Course on Montessori in the Early Childhood Classroom. (Overview Course waived for applicants who hold a Montessori EC Credential from any AMS/MACTE recognized credentialing agency.)

The prerequisite for an AMS Elementary-II credential is an Elementary – I credential from any AMS/AMI/MACTE recognized credentialing agency.

The prerequisite for an Administrator credential is a college degree at the bachelor’s level or higher. The degree can be in any field of study, which we find makes for dynamic and interesting interactions with other members of the cohort during training.

Graduates of the MECR Administrator course will need additional coursework in order to be director qualified or licensed as a principal by the State of Colorado.

Applying

Only some of our applicants have a relationship with a school before applying to one of our Certification Courses. Once accepted, those seeking internship sites are provided with contact information for all schools in their area(s) of interest. We will coach you on the steps to take to find a suitable site. For more information, see the level Application Information Packet on the website.

While the General Application form is straightforward, the application process has several steps that require cooperation of other people and institutions, so it is well to budget at least a month to complete the process. Here are the steps to take to complete the application:

  • Decide which Certification Level you wish to take and read the Application Information for that level
  • Prepare and/or gather the following information:
    • Dates and locations for
      • All formal education completed from High School to present
      • Montessori Credential(s) previously earned, if any
      • Other certificates/diplomas, if any
      • Teaching experience, if any
    • Contact information for your Professional References and for your Practicum Site, if you have already secured a site
    • Your Current Resume (This file will be uploaded, and can be in .doc, .docx or .pdf format)
    • Your Personal Statement. In 1-2 pages, answering the following questions: 1) What do you know about the Montessori approach to education? 2) Why are you seeking a Montessori teaching credential? 3) What are the personal qualities and talents that you will bring to the classroom? This file will be uploaded, and can be in .doc, .docx or .pdf format.
  • Open the General Application on your computer.
  • You may start the application, opt to save and continue later. You will be given a link to return to with your information in tact. However, the form must be finalized within 30 days of first clicking on ‘save and continue later.’
  • Submit your application fee using online payment (link is on the application page). Alternatively, you may mail a check to the MECR office. Please write “Application Fee” and the course level to which you are applying on the memo line.
  • Submit your completed application electronically.
  • Request the additional documents needed to complete your application.
    • 3 professional references on MECR’s reference form. Note: References will be contacted directly with access to the reference forms within 1 hour of submitting the application. Please confirm with your recommenders that they see the email from MECR in their inbox or spam folder.
    • 2 official college transcripts (paper copies only) OR notarized high school transcripts
  • As soon as we have received your completed Application, 3 references, transcripts, and application fee, we will contact you for an application interview. Interviews are face-to-face with local applicants, while interviews with applicants from out of the area are conducted by phone / Skype. Acceptance decisions are made following the interview.

Application forms are released to the website on January 1 each year. MECR does rolling admissions, so the earlier you apply, the earlier you will be considered for admission. Class enrollment is capped and once that cap is reached, no additional applicants will be considered. Applicants who submit their applications prior to May 1 receive a discounted application fee of $150.

Extra Information

Most students receive a stipend, hourly wages, or a salary from their school during the student teaching practicum phase.
Additionally, Federal Financial aid in the form of Pell Grants and Federal Loans may be available for students in the Infant / Toddler, Early Childhood, and Elementary-I Courses who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens, and have financial need. Federal Financial aid is not available at this time for the Administrator Course.
The American Montessori Society also offers a limited number of grants annually to select applicants who have been accepted for enrollment in an AMS teacher education course.
For more information on financial assistance, consult the level Application Information Packet and/or our Financial Director, Susan Roth at susan@mecr.edu or 303-494-3002.
The program description for each level also outlines different payment plans.

Each intern is assigned a field consultant – an experienced, credentialed teacher who maintains monthly contact with the intern throughout the practicum phase. Additionally, the field consultant visits the intern in his/her classroom at least 3 times to provide active support for the intern’s developing skills in the classroom. In addition, the Supervising Teacher, Level Coordinator,  and Director are all available to support the intern.

The number of Montessori schools continues to grow throughout the United States in both the public and private sectors. As a result, there is a demand among Montessori schools for professional, competent teachers who have earned a Montessori Credential from a high-quality training course. In recent years, the newest area of growth nationwide has been at the Infant / Toddler level and at the Elementary level (especially Upper Elementary). Some schools, especially public Montessori schools, prefer or require a state teacher license in addition to a Montessori credential. License requirements vary from state-to-state. Some states have alternative licensing processes. Contact your state Department of Education for more information.