Our Program

Secondary I-II (ages 12 – 18) Credential

Interested in earning your Montessori secondary teaching credential?
CMStep now offers TWO options to help you meet your goal: a low-residency program and a high-
residency program.

  • Both paths lead to the same outcome: an AMS Secondary I-II credential
  • Both paths utilize in person and online coursework
  • High-residency cohort for 2020 will be CMStep Cincinnati Cohort 16
  • Low-residency cohort for 2020 will be CMStep low-residency cohort 1

Which path is right for you? 

High Residency

Cincinnati training time:
  • 8 weeks, spread over two or three summers (Final summer is always 3 weeks)
  • Fall intensive: Thursday through Monday (5 days)
Online coursework expectations:
  • A digital winter intensive (5 days)
  • Practicum zoom sessions (offered monthly; 3 are required)
  • Two online courses: Mindfulness Fundamentals (required in the fall) and Montessori Overview (a prerequisite; required for anyone who does not already possess a Montessori credential)
Prerequisites:
  • Montessori Overview online course (40 hours, fully self-paced)
  • Prerequisite readings: 4 books and 9 articles from our website
Application deadline: May 1, 2020

Please call after the deadline to see if space is still available. 

Training begins: June 21, 2020

This is the start of the Orientation for the courses in Cincinnati. 

Low Residency 

Cincinnati training time:
  • 3 weeks, spread over two summers (14 days summer one, 8 days summer two)
  • Fall intensive: Thursday through Monday (5 days)
Online coursework expectations:
  • A digital winter intensive (5 days)
  • Semi-weekly practicum Zoom sessions
  • Regular online coursework. Low residency participants should budget about 5 hours per week for online coursework, which is organized into four-week chunks, called minimesters. After each 20 hour minimester comes a one-week break. (Click here for schedule outline)
  • Two fully self-paced prerequisite courses: Montessori Overview (required for anyone who does not already possess a Montessori credential) and Introduction to Secondary Montessori (see prerequisites below)
Prerequisites:
  • Intro to Secondary Montessori online course (30 hours, fully self-paced)
  • Montessori Overview online course(40 hours, fully self-paced)
  • Secure required readings: 4 books
  • Admission interview with Katie Keller Wood (rolling, scheduled when application process is initiated)
Application deadline: February 20, 2020

 Please submit the application by this date to ensure that you are included in the course by start date. 

Training begins: March 1, 2020

This is the start of the Online training.

Not Sure Yet?

Prerequisite courses (Intro to Secondary Montessori and Montessori Overview) can also be taken for
stand-alone PD credit! Click here to learn more or sign up for these stand-alone courses. And don’t worry! If you
take a prerequisite course now and then choose to enroll for 2020 or 2021, the amount paid for your PD courses
will be deducted from your total CMStep tuition bill.