Our Program

Secondary I-II (ages 12 – 18) Credential

Application Deadlines:

    • Low-Residency: June 7, 2024
    • High-Residency: May 1, 2024

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

Interested in earning your Montessori Secondary Teaching Credential?

  • CMStep now offers two pathways to help you meet your goal: High-Residency & Low-Residency
  • Both pathways lead to the same outcome: an AMS Secondary I-II Credential
  • Our High-Residency Cincinnati Cohort 19 is open for applications until May 1, 2024. In-person training starts June 2024.
  • Our Low-Residency Cincinnati Cohort 5, Section 1 is open for applications until June 7, 2024. Online coursework starts June 9, 2024. In-person training starts June 2025.
  • Applications for our Low-Residency Cincinnati Cohort 4 & Milwaukee Cohort 2 with in-person training in summer 2024 have closed. However, exemptions will be offered if our prerequisite course, Introduction to Secondary Montessori, has previously been completed. Please contact us at office@cmstep.com for more 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, 2024

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

Training begins: June 2024

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: June 7, 2024

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

After this deadline, please contact us.

Prerequisite coursework begins: June 2024

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 make sure to mark this off on your application.

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 or both of these courses now and then choose to enroll for in the training program, the amount paid for your PD courses will be deducted from your total CMStep tuition.