Early Childhood Credential Program- North Shore, MA


The Northeast Montessori Institute holds accredited status from the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE Commission) for its North Shore Early Childhood teacher education course and is affiliated by the American Montessori Society.



The Northeast Montessori Institute (NMI) offers a year-round training format designed to offer enrolled adult learners a reasonable and manageable training schedule, providing year-round courses and support. The program provides both enrolled adult learners and their internship schools with greater training course assistance through adult learner-instructor interactions during the summer weeks, as well as throughout the internship year during the fall and spring seminars. This approach provides the adult learner with ongoing training program instruction at a slower pace, together with more continual input from the training program to the internship schools.

The schedule is designed to try to meet the personal time restraints of individuals who will be leaving their home situations in order to participate in the credential program, and can be completed in eleven months. The program begins with four weeks of summer training, followed by four weekend seminars during the year. This schedule is designed to provide both support and greater academic quality, since instruction will be given in shorter, more frequent sessions.

The credential program, as stated, can be completed in approximately eleven months, however, course participants can schedule their courses individually with the program director to better meet their needs. In such cases, the program may take a longer period of time to complete all requirements and the student-teaching experience will be done after the adult learner completes a specific number of course hours.

Successful completion of the program leads to recommendation for the American Montessori Society (AMS) Early Childhood Credential, or, for those individuals not holding a Bachelor degree or higher the AMS Associate Early Childhood Credential.

The career opportunities for an individual with a Montessori Early Childhood credential are numerous and diverse. The Northeast Montessori Institute office serves as an informal clearinghouse for job opportunities in the New England area and elsewhere. While the Institute can assist in connecting adult learners to possible employers, state requirements and school situations vary so widely that employment, salary, and occupational advancement are not guaranteed by the Institute.

The Northeast Montessori Institute Early Childhood Credential Course of Study on the North Shore is affiliated with the American Montessori Society (AMS) and is fully accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE).



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Course Schedule (2021-22) (top)

The 2021-2022 Early Childhood Course of Study will begin on Monday, June 28th, 2021 and will be completed in June 2022. The program consists of a four-week summer course phase, together with four three-day seminars (two in the fall and two in the spring) and a nine-month student-teaching experience (practicum). Enrolled adult learners can sign up to complete the course of study as described or can design their course schedule differently with the approval of the program director to better meet their needs. Enrolled adult learners can also choose to complete all their course work before entering the internship phase.

Adult Leaners will also participate in an on-line Child Development course and also have the option of participating in a Masters degree program through Gordon College.

PHASE 1: Summer Phase

The summer course phase will be done online via synchronous Zoom sessions* (M – F) of academic instruction scheduled from Monday, June 28th through Friday, July 23rd, 2021. Classes will be held between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. each weekday. During this summer phase of the program, adult learners will be introduced to the following courses: Montessori Philosophy; the Everyday Living (Practical Life) Curriculum, including Cooking and Nutrition; the Sensorial Curriculum, Art, Observation, Parent Involvement and Music and Movement; and introductory hours in the Language Curriculum and Math Curriculum;.

(*Adult Learners may elect to divide the four-week summer phase between two consecutive summers to be designed with the Course Director.)

During the summer phase, adult learners will also participate in student-teaching seminars, which will help to prepare them for the Practicum Phase of the program. It is our goal to prepare enrolled adult learners as thoroughly as possible for the nine months of student-teaching so that each enrolled adult learner experiences the best possible benefits from their practicum experience.

Summer Dates (Monday – Friday): June 28th – July 23rd, 2021


PHASE 2: SEMINAR PHASE: Fall and Spring Weekend Seminars

There will be four 3-day seminars throughout the year as follows: October 15th – 17th and November 19th -21st, 2021; and, March 11th – 13th and May 20th – 23rd, 2022. The seminars offer individuals the opportunity to meet with instructors and to receive continued feedback on their progress in the program, while providing for the continuation of instructional courses. The adult learners will continue their course studies with the Montessori curriculum areas of Math, Language, Science, History, Geography, Cultural Studies, Classroom Leadership and Peace Education.  The weekend seminars will be held on the North Shore, beginning on Friday mornings and ending late afternoon on Sunday.

Seminar Dates (Friday – Sunday): October 15th – October 17th, 2020
November 19th – 21st, 2020
March 11th – 13th, 2022
May 20th – 22nd, 2022
* Though unusual, academic course dates are subject to unanticipated change.



The American Montessori Society and Northeast Montessori Institute require each Montessori teacher candidate to complete a nine-month teaching practicum in a 2.5 – 6 Early Childhood classroom. To meet the student teaching requirement for teacher certification, the adult learner must teach in a Montessori classroom for at least a half-day session for a period of nine months.

The Student Teaching Practicum will begin after the summer session, or adult learners may wait until the completion of the academic phase. The requirement can be met in one of two ways:

Supervised Teaching Practicum

The Early Childhood practicum is defined as lasting a minimum of a full academic year, with the adult learner working at the practicum site, in the classroom of an approved supervising teacher for three hours a day, five days a week for nine-consecutive months. During this practicum, a field supervisor contracted by the Institute will visit the student teacher three times during the internship year.

Self-directed Teaching Practicum

All requirements for the supervised practicum also apply to the self-directed practicum, with the exception that the adult learner has full responsibility for the Montessori class without the guidance of a qualified supervising teacher within the classroom. A minimum of three on-site consultation/evaluation visits by a qualified field consultant plus additional support that is documented on the AMS Credential Recommendation form is required. Additional support might include extra visits, a local mentor teacher, monthly phone or email contact, or other support designed by the director. Additional fees may be assigned due to the increased cost involved in providing added support to the adult learner selecting the self-directed practicum.

An additional fee of four hundred fifty dollars ($450.00), payable to the Institute, shall be due at the beginning of the practicum phase should the adult learner wish to arrange for three additional visits through the Institute. Other forms of support arranged through the Institute will be negotiated on an individual basis based on the nature of support provided. Any associated costs incurred in arranging for support independently shall be the responsibility of the adult learner and is subject to approval and review by the Program Director.

Wherever possible, we do recommend the Supervised Student Teaching Practicum model, since we feel that the adult learner can benefit from the daily support of a Montessori teacher. In situations where the Supervised Student Teaching Practicum model is not available, the Institute will work with the school and intern to provide the best possible self-directed student teaching experience.

In most cases, student teachers are paid a salary or a stipend by the practicum school site. All such arrangements are made between the intern and the school and no assurances can be made by the Institute.

The Institute will provide assistance in locating possible internship sites if requested.

Note: Individuals who select a practicum site located more than 150 miles from the selected training site will be charged an additional fee to cover reasonable transportation expenses associated with on-site visits.




The Northeast Montessori Institute normally conducts the Early Childhood courses on the North Shore of Boston, Massachusetts, on the campus of Gordon College, which is located just north of Boston in the town of Wenham. However, due to Covid-19, the summer session will be done online with a return to in-residence programs for the seminar phase.

The seminars will be held either on the campus of Gordon College or in nearby rental facilities. (Note: Though infrequent, class locations may be subject to unanticipated change).

Residential Facilities

Housing is not provided during the weekend seminars and is the responsibility of the individual. A variety of facilities are available in the area, from national hotel chains (in the Danvers area), to bed and breakfasts, or quaint New England Inns.




Tuition payment plans are available through NMI. This information is available following submission of application and can be found on the NMI website under FEES, or by contacting the Institute. A service charge of $5 per payment will be added to payment plans.

Early Childhood Course of Study
North Shore, Massachusetts
2021-2022 Rates
An initial deposit of $1,400.00 is due by June 1st, 2021. All associated fees and intellectual property fees will be deducted from this initial payment and are non-refundable.
Application Fee (non-refundable) $50.00
Early Childhood Course (full tuition) $5,000.00
Adult Learner and Books and Materials Fees $900.00
Total $5,950.00

A service charge of $5 per payment will be added to payment plans. Tuition policy information and an overview of payment plan options are available by clicking here.


Association and Materials Fees

These fees cover the adult Learner’s intern membership in the American Montessori Society (AMS) and pay the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) dues. These fees also cover materials provided by individual instructors, together with required textbooks and curriculum materials provided through the Institute. These fees are non-refundable.

Miscellaneous Costs

Those participating in the Early Childhood program should plan to budget additional funds to cover incidental costs such as transportation, meals and lodging. In addition, curriculum materials will need to be printed and organized into page protectors and albums (3-ring binders) prior to submission for final review. This consists of five curriculum albums (Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, Culture) due at seminars throughout the academic phase. Specific guidelines for organizing curriculum and reference materials will be provided by individual instructors throughout the course of study.


The American Montessori Society offers partial scholarships. Applications are available by request through NMI, following receipt of program application, or can be found on the AMS website. AMS scholarship applications require the signature of the program director prior to submission. Adult Learners who choose to intern in a Montessori school in Massachusetts are also eligible to apply for scholarship through the Montessori Schools of Massachusetts (MSM).

Scholarship monies awarded are applicable for tuition costs only. Additional information is available on the AMS and MSM websites. Scholarship application deadlines for the above are May 1st and March 15th, respectively. 

It is the belief of Northeast Montessori Institute that individuals wishing to undertake Montessori teacher training not be prevented from doing so due to financial restrictions. Northeast Montessori Institute is not, however, a lending institution and encourages applicants to seek alternate financing when available, as the meeting of its operating costs and salaries are based upon the responsible timely tuition payment of its Adult Learners.


All associated expenses incurred by undertaking this course of study remain the ultimate responsibility of the participant regardless of third-party sponsorship.



Admission to Northeast Montessori Institute will not be denied based on age, race, gender, religion, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.