What is your COVID-19 Infection Prevention Protocol?

As part of our daily operations, we follow and abide by the CDC and the local health department guidelines.

Infection Prevention in our schools

We will always put safety first, follow protocols, and wear facemasks inside the teacher-training classroom. Surfaces are regularly cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized daily. Also, we use Oxivir®, a medical-grade cleaner typically used in hospitals, and we have a professional cleaning crew that cleans nightly.

Daily Health Guidelines

 No one who has a cough, cold, or had close contact with others with symptoms of fever or shortness of breath will be permitted to enter the teacher training facility.

Social Distancing

We require staff and visitors to follow the social distance guidelines. By following the local health department guidelines, we limit close contact with others as much as possible and maintain more than three feet of separation.

What is the difference between ‘For Credit’ and ‘No Credit'?

If you would like your classes to count for College credit through Cal State University, you will want to select the “For Credit” option. If you feel you do not need college units or will never want to transfer them select the “No Credit” option.

Are there any hidden costs at FMAE? What all will I be charged for?

The only charges you will receive from FMAE are your actual tuition costs and if you elect us to print your classroom materials. If you would prefer a soft copy of materials that you print yourself, you can elect for this upon online sign up.

Do I have to sign up ahead of time?

We ask that you sign up ahead of time, so we can provide adequate materials and instructors for each class. By signing up ahead of time you will receive an emailed syllabus and other pertinent information before class starts.

Do I have to pay by Credit Card?

We ask that you pay through the portal via a credit card. This is to ensure you have an accurate accounting of what you paid and to provide an easy form of payment.

Why is the For-Credit tuition option more money?

The For-Credit option is more money since FMAE needs to pay for your units through Cal State. Since FMAE pays the Cal State system for your college units, no additional payment to Cal State is required.

Can I change my mind later and opt for a credit program?

No, once you select a “No Credit” option, it cannot be changed since it is a time sensitive enrollment.

I have taken Montessori classes elsewhere and would like to transfer them to get my credential through FMAE. Is this an option?

The Director of the program would be happy to review your transcripts to see if your units will transfer. We cannot guarantee the ability to transfer, but we are happy to review them.

I would like to do my internship with Fountainhead Montessori School (FMS). Is this guaranteed if I enroll?

Your internship at an FMS campus is not guaranteed. You are responsible for finding your own internship placement.

Do I have to take the classes consecutively?

No, one great aspect of our program is the ability to take classes at your convenience. You can take multiples classes at once or spread them out over a few years.

Do you accept foreign students?

Yes, we issue I-20 for international students for their F-1 VISA. Please check out our International Student Office for more details.

Do you offer financial assistance? Payment plans?

Unfortunately, we do not offer tuition assistance, but we do strive to offer an affordable, quality program. Obviously pursuing a non-credit option is lower cost and still provides you a Certification. We do offer payment plans via credit card upon enrollment.

How long will it take to receive my credential?

You can get your credential is approximately 22 months. This includes your class and practicum. But you can accelerate your class schedule by taking our intensive courses, or take a quarter(s) off. We are pleased to offer flexibility to our students.

How do I contact the instructor?

Upon enrollment in each class, you will receive your instructor(s) contact information and access to the student portal..

What is the student portal?

The student portal offers grades, class information, and handouts. Almost all of your pertinent information can be found on the portal..

Can I come in during non-class time to practice with the materials?

We do offer Classroom Lab schedules. Please contact info@fmtt.org to set this up.

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"Early childhood education is the key to the betterment of society," said Maria Montessori, and if you have a high school diploma or a GED, you can enroll in the Fountainhead Montessori Adult Education (FMAE) program. There is no pre-admissions test or evaluation. If you qualify, simply register, complete the enrollment agreement, and you are off to make a better society...

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