Our Program

Secondary I-II (ages 12 – 18) Credential

Application Deadlines:
High-Residency: May 1, 2023
Low-Residency: January 25, 2023
(Apply and submit payment by deadline for a January 29, 2023 start date; in-person training begins summer 2023) 

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
  • Our high-residency cohort for 2023 will be CMStep Cincinnati Cohort 18
  • Our upcoming low-residency cohort (with in-person summer courses in OH, 2023 & 2024) will be CMStep Cohort 3
  • Both high & low-residency cohorts will meet in Cincinnati, OH.

Check out the Pacing Guides and Calendars for more scheduling information!

 

High-Residency

In-Person training time:
  • Summer Intensives: 8 weeks total, spread over two or three summers (Final summer is always 3 weeks). For more detailed information on our High-Residency program sequence options, click here
  • Fall Intensive: Thursday through Monday (5 days)
Online coursework expectations:
  • Digital winter intensive (5 days)
  • Practicum zoom sessions (3 sessions required, offered monthly)
  • Two online courses:
    • Montessori Overview, a prerequisite required for anyone who does not already possess a Montessori credential (40 hours)
    • Mindfulness Fundamentals, required in the fall (10 hours)
Prerequisites:
  • Montessori Overview online course (40 hours, fully self-paced)
  • Prerequisite readings: 4 books and 9 articles from our website

We recommend securing your required readings for Overview (2 books) before you begin. Find the reading list and pre-training work here

Application deadline: May 1, 2023

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

Training begins: June 18, 2023

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

Low-Residency 

In-Person training time:
  • Summer Intensives: 3 weeks, spread over two summers (14 days in Summer 1, 8 days in Summer 2)
  • Fall Intensive: Thursday through Monday (5 days)
Online coursework expectations:
  • Semi-weekly practicum Zoom sessions (after Summer 1 school year)
  • Regular online coursework. Low-residency participants should budget about 5 hours per week for online coursework, which is typically organized into four-week chunks, called minimesters. After each minimester comes a one-week break. (Contact us for a more detailed schedule or check out the pacing guides here.) 
  • Two prerequisite online courses:
    • Montessori Overview (a fully self-paced course required for anyone who does not already possess a qualifying Montessori credential)
    • Introduction to Secondary Montessori Education (click here for more information) 
Prerequisites:

We also recommend securing your required readings for Overview (2 books) and Minimesters 1-3 (4 books) before you begin. Find your reading list and pre-training work here

Complete Application deadline: January 25, 2023

The application must be completed in full, including the application fee.

After this deadline, please contact us. There are multiple section start dates throughout the year for the same in-person summer training. 

Prerequisite coursework begins: January 2023

The online coursework begins with Introduction to Secondary Montessori, a prerequisite to the low-residency minimester courses. If you have already taken our Introduction as a stand alone course, please reach out to the CMStep office to let us know. 

Not Sure Yet?

Prerequisite and beginning courses (Introduction 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 one of these two courses now and then choose to enroll for 2022 or 2023, the amount paid for your PD courses will be deducted from your total CMStep tuition bill.