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Secondary I-II (ages 12 – 18) Credential

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Training begins: June 20, 2021

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 2021 will be CMStep Cincinnati Cohort 16 
  • CMStep will not start a high-residency cohort in 2020, due to COVID-19
  • Low-residency cohort will be CMStep low-residency cohort 1
  • The first section of low-residency cohort one has begun their online work
  • All three sections will attend 14 days of in-person training in July 2021 
  • Pacing calendars will be released shortly, but will be comparable to section one, which you can see HERE
  • Section two of low-residency cohort one will begin June 15, 2020
  • Section three of low-residency cohort one will begin September 15, 2020
  • 2021 in-person training dates for low- and high-residency will be released as soon as possible




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)
  • Montessori Overview online course (40 hours, fully self-paced)
  • Prerequisite readings: 4 books and 9 articles from our website
Application deadline: May 1, 2021

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

Training begins: June 20, 2021

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:
  • Semi-weekly practicum Zoom sessions (2021-2022 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 chunk comes a one-week break. (Click here for schedule outline)
  • One fully self-paced prerequisite courses: Montessori Overview (required for anyone who does not  already possess a Montessori credential)
  • Montessori Overview online course (40 hours, fully self-paced)
  • Secure required readings: 2 books for Overview, and 4 additional books for minimesters 1-3.
  •  Admission interview with Katie Keller Wood (rolling, scheduled when application process is initiated)
Application deadline: June 1, 2020

After this deadline, please contact us to discuss the possibility of an accelerated timeline  to join the current cohort.  

Training begins: June 14, 2020

This is the start of the Online training.

Not Sure Yet?

Prerequisite and beginning 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 one of these two courses now and then choose to enroll for 2021 or 2022, the amount paid for your PD courses will be deducted from your total CMStep tuition bill.

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