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June 10 – July 26, 2024 — 8 – 4 M-F (no classes June 19 and July 4)


August 2024 – May 2025


Four Weekends (Friday through Sunday): October, January (online ~ only 2 days), March, May


$250 non-refundable ($150 before May 1)


$8,800 – includes course handouts, seminars, AMS & MACTE student fees.
Self-directed interns will receive additional Field Consultant visits at an additional cost of $800. *Credit Card payments are accepted for all fees, but for Credit Card charges above $700 there will be an added processing fee of 3%.
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Michelle Heine (Early Childhood Course and Practicum Coordinator), Laura Baglietto, Karina Bowders, Tunisha Hairston-Brown, Sheela Dharmarajan, Robin Hoch, Deb Matyjevich, Jessica LeBlanc, Kay Loer, and Tori Virlee.


Montessori Philosophy, Child Development, Observation, Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, Cultural areas, Classroom Leadership, Art, Music and Movement, Student Teaching Practicum


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Bachelor’s credit: Van Loan School at Endicott College
Bachelor’s credit: St. Catherine University
Graduate credit: St. Catherine University
Graduate credit: TIES at Union Institute & University

Summer Academic Phase (7 weeks)

Classes cover Montessori philosophy, theories of child development, observation, and a focus on each of the material areas of the classroom: practical life, sensorial, cultural, math, and language. The program includes lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and observation sessions. Students prepare detailed resource manuals in each curriculum area and design materials for the child’s environment. Instructors are supportive and bring diverse experience and expertise to their classes.

Student Teaching Practicum (9 months)

The practicum is a key component of the student’s preparation and provides the student with supervised practical classroom experience for a minimum of 720 contact hours. During the practicum, students return to the training center for four seminars.

Practicum Arrangements

MECR assists in finding practicum positions. Final arrangements are the responsibility of the student and the participating school/center and must be approved by MECR. AMS-affiliated centers are preferred.

A MECR field consultant maintains monthly contact with the student teacher, including at least three onsite visits to observe the student working in the classroom. At least three visits and two consultations are required for self-directed practicum students.