Earn your Montessori Teaching Credential
Learn the Montessori philosophy of teaching. Early Childhood Credential is certified by the American Montessori Society. College credits granted by Cal State East Bay Extension. Evening courses are available.
To begin enrollment or to learn more contact Maryanna Heginbottom:
Why Fountainhead Montessori Adult Education (FMAE)
- Allows you to earn undergraduate college units
- MACTE accredited
- AMS accredited
- Evening programs
- Short, quarterly schedules
- Highly qualified professors
- One-year program in a classroom setting
- Possible intern placement
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. To this end Fountainhead Montessori Adult Education offers evening courses in Montessori philosophy and curriculum in a classroom setting as well as supervised field experience for student teachers in an approved practicum site. College credits are granted in cooperation with California State University, East Bay Continuing Education.
Admission is through the Fountainhead Montessori Adult Education program. DO NOT APPLY TO CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, EAST BAY CONTINUING EDUCATION for this program.
There is no pre-admissions test or evaluation. This program admits students with a minimum of a high school diploma or a GED as candidates for certification. Upon registration for each class, the student must complete an enrollment agreement. These classes might interest parents and/or people working in childcare centers or assisting in Montessori schools, who want to understand the Montessori philosophy and apply it in their homes or classrooms. Employment, salary, and occupational advancement are not guaranteed.
Generally, all classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 – 9:45 PM and some Saturdays.
Tuition and Fees: $925 plus materials fee
Transfer of Credits
Students with previous training in the course to be pursued will be evaluated by the program director. Evaluation will be based on transcripts, previous work, written or oral exams, or all of the above. Credit allowed will be recorded on the student's enrollment record, and the length of the course will be adjusted proportionately.
Tuition and Fees: Tuition and Fees: Tuition stars at $925 per course.. Full details available on the Tuition and Fees page.
- Class Schedule & Enrollment
- Tution and Fees
- The Student Education Handbook (Revised: 04/17/17)
- Archived Student Education Handbook
- Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education–Annual Institution Report (2015)
- Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education–Annual Programs Report (2015)
To enroll or for more details, contact Maryanna Heginbottom:
Phone: (925) 820-1343
Fax: (925) 820-9193
The Fountainhead Montessori Adult Education (FMAE) program was conceived by Sarah Zimmerman, who after over 20 years of experience with Montessori saw the need for an accessible, affordable training course. Sarah, the founder of the nonprofit Fountainhead Montessori Schools in northern California, wants to be able to reach out to those who are interested in Montessori training and/or a credential but who have neither the time nor finances required to partake in a full-time course.
9/19/17 – 12/12/17
6:30 – 9:45 PM
9/21/17 – 12/7/17
6:30 – 9:45 PM
Call for details:
Education is a natural process carried out by the child and not acquired by listening to words but by experiences with the environment.
– Maria Montessori