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FMAE Montessori Certification, Credentials & Undergraduate Degrees

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 Frida Azari:
(925) 820-1343

Why Fountainhead Montessori Adult Education (FMAE)

  • Affordable
  • 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.

Admissions Process

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.


Please register at the first class. If you would like to preregister, mail your application to our administrative office. For further information, call or contact us.

Tuition and Fees: Tuition and Fees: Tuition stars at $925 per course.. Full details available on the Tuition and Fees page.



To enroll or for more details, contact Frida Azari:
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.

Join us!

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:
(925) 820-1343

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