Pre-Training Work


Before you get started on your journey with CMStep in Cincinnati, you will have some work to complete. Applicants are expected to download and read their student handbook and discuss any questions or concerns with their cohort director.

Preparation for the Academic Phase

  1. Begin the self-paced Online Overview course (required only for those who do not already possess a Montessori EL I-II teaching credential). It is recommended that adult learners complete it before the start of other coursework, but the final deadline will vary by section. Adult learners may begin the Online Overview course immediately upon acceptance into the program. Reading requirements:

  • The Secret of Childhood by Maria Montessori
  • The Discovery of the Child by Maria Montessori
  1. Purchase, read, annotate, and bring with you to Cincinnati: 
  • Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Dan Siegel
  • The Child is the Teacher by Cristina de Stefano
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain by Zaretta Hammond
  1. Download, read, annotate, and bring with you to Cincinnati all articles here
  2. Watch all of the short videos located here