The Infant and Toddler course of the Education Program qualifies the student to work with infants to age three. The Early Childhood credential qualifies the student to work with children ages two and one-half to six years. The Elementary I credential qualifies the student to work with children ages six to nine years and completion of the Elementary I-II credential qualifies the student to work with children ages six to twelve.
All of the courses include lecture periods on Montessori child psychology, educational theory and practice, supervised practical sessions with apparatus and observations in approved Montessori classes. The Practicum, September through May, five days a week, is conducted in an approved Montessori environment, in all areas of the country.
At the successful completion of the program, the American Montessori Society issues a Montessori Full Credential to teachers who have a Bachelor's degree from a four-year accredited US College or University. Associate Credentials for Infant-Toddler and Early Childhood candidates are issued to teachers who do not have the Bachelor's degree from a four-year accredited US college or University.
Mid-America Montessori will be offering a Montessori Administrator's Course beginning February 18, 2016-June 2017. If enough interest is expressed by January 15, 2016, Mid-America will apply for AMS affiliation for this course. MACTE does not accredit an Administrator course level.
The course will include a comprehensive study of Montessori philosophy, all areas of the curriculum, including lessons and materials for the various age levels, leadership, communication, financing and practical strategies to lead an effective Montessori school. The program will meet the needs of a licensed school administrator who is seeking knowledge of Montessori philosophy, curriculum and pedagogy and also designed to guide a Montessori fully certified teacher who would like to have knowledge of administrative skills.