Montessori Certification & Credentials

The Tangible Rewards of Teaching Real Montessori

In a Montessori setting it is not unheard of that 4-year-olds perform math operations with 4 digits. With fewer pupils in each class, and a greater opportunity to nurture children individually, the rewards of seeing how students develop – as a direct result of teacher guidance – can be very exciting.

The Montessori Method is a child-centered educational approach to education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, and the only child development theory that has a curriculum.


Teacher Training, The FMAE Mission

The mission of Fountainhead Montessori Adult Education is to provide a training course to those interested in pursuing an American Montessori Society (AMS) Early Childhood Credential, as well as those seeking a greater understanding of the Montessori philosophy.


Evening Courses & Supervised Field Experience

Fountainhead Montessori Adult Education offers weekend and intensive courses in Montessori philosophy and curriculum in a classroom setting, as well as supervised field experience for student teachers in an approved practicum site.


The Montessori Teaching Credential

Early Childhood Credentials obtained at FMAE are certified by the American Montessori Society (AMS) and the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE). College credits are issued by the Cal State system.


Other Credentials & Certificates

Want to earn your 12 Early Childhood Education units to work in a preschool? Want to learn more about being an Assistant Teacher? FMAE can assist you.


Enrollment

The FMAE program admits students with a minimum of a high school diploma, or a GED, as candidates for certification. There is no pre-admissions test or evaluation, but upon registration for each class, you must complete an enrollment agreement. If you have other college accredited Early Childhood Education units and you are looking to transfer to FMAE please contact us. We are happy to review your transcripts.


Documents and Links

FMAE Student Handbook

School Performance Fact Sheet 2017

BPPE Annual Report 2017


Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

American Montessori Society (AMS)

Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE)

Certificates and Credentials Offered

AMS EC Credential

Courses Required:

  • Philosophy
  • Practical Life
  • Sensorial
  • Language
  • Math
  • Natural Science (Physical Science and Social Study)
  • Art, Music and Movement
  • Administration
  • Practicum (Observation, Parents Involvement, Classroom Leadership)
  • Holding an accredited Bachelor’s Degree

AMS EC Associate Credential

Courses Required:

  • Philosophy
  • Practical Life
  • Sensorial
  • Language
  • Math
  • Natural Science (Physical Science and Social Study)
  • Art, Music and Movement
  • Administration
  • Practicum (Observation, Parents Involvement, Classroom Leadership)

Associate’s Certificate

Courses Required: total of at least 12 units (4 courses)

  • Child/Human Growth & Development
  • Child/Family/Community or Child and Family Relations
  • Programs/Curriculum (any two Early Childhood courses will qualify)

FMAE Montessori Teacher Assistant Certificate

Courses Required:

  • Child/Human Growth & Development
  • Child/Family/Community or Child and Family Relations
  • Montessori Overview
  • Montessori Teacher Assistant

Infant/Toddler Certificate

Courses Required:

  • Infant/Toddler Growth & Development
  • Child/Family/Community or Child and Family Relations
  • Programs/Curriculum (any two Early Childhood courses qualify)

Professional Development AMS

Course Options:

  • Montessori Early Childhood Overview / Assistant
  • Any other classes not already taken
  • Seminars , TBA
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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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