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Montessori Professional Development Courses

The Center for Guided Montessori Studies (CGMS) offers continuing education for Montessori teachers and assistants.

To register for a course, please download our application file and email it to us. For questions about our professional development program, or to inquire about group discounts, please contact us.

All of our professional development courses are conducted online using our renowned e-learning system. Participants will work with a cohort of students and instructional guide. Each week there will be about 1-2 hours of videos to view, as well as questions for the cohort to discuss online. There will also be some simple assignments related to the course topics. Participants can expect to spend approximately 5 hours a week, longer if they choose to participate more in discussions.

Participants will need to have high speed internet access in order to be able to watch the video lectures and presentations. For more information on the technology used in this program, please visit our technology section where you will also learn the technological requirements for using our site.

All CGMS Professional Development courses are designed to as an introduction to Montessori for those new to Montessori or as enrichment and continuing education for Montessori teachers. Participants who complete the course requirements may receive a CGMS Professional Development Certificate. The Professional Development courses are not MACTE accredited and do not lead toward a Montessori Teaching credential.

Montessori Fundamentals

Leadership and Overview of Montessori at the Early Childhood Level

$360/person, 5 CEUs Next session: August 9, 2021. The following sessions are 9/13/2021 and 10/11/2021.

10 Week Course

This program is designed for Montessori assistants, volunteers, substitutes and support staff, plus it makes a reinvigorating refresher for an experienced certified teacher. Combining our extremely popular Classroom Leadership course with our new Early Childhood Overview course, the combined 10 week course includes:

  • An introduction to Montessori philosophy and key concepts
  • Qualities of the Prepared Environment
  • How to start the school year
  • Positive discipline
  • Classroom roles
  • An introduction to each Early Childhood curriculum area (Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, Cultural and Science) with video lectures about the purpose of the area, best practices, and many lesson videos

Course content includes: an introduction to Montessori key philosophical concepts, classroom roles and working in partnership with co-workers, designing and maintaining the prepared environment, establishing daily routines, lesson strategies, as well as techniques for positive discipline and problem solving in implementing effective classroom strategies. This course primarily focuses on 3-6 classrooms, but many of the topics relate to all age groups.  Those who complete the entire 10 weeks and all assignments will be awarded a CGMS Professional Development Certificate.

Montessori Beginnings:

 An Overview of Montessori for the Infant- Toddler Level

$360/person, 5 CEUs Next session: August 9, 2021. The following sessions are 9/13/2021 and 10/11/2021.

10 Week Course

Montessori Beginnings is an introduction to supporting development during the earliest years of life. This course will provide information that can be useful to assistants, administrators, parents, and anyone interested in learning about how to apply Montessori philosophy, principles, and practices to caring for the youngest members of our human family.

Topics will include:

  • Montessori Principles and Practices at the Infant Toddler Level
  • Caregiving the Montessori way
  • Child is the Curriculum
  • The Importance of Responsive Care (Empathetic Gestures and Nonverbal Communication)
  • Supporting Transitions
  • Creating Healthy Rhythms and Routines
  • Matching the Timeline of Development with Environmental Design and Supports
  • Preparing Ourselves to Work With Young Children
  • Being Part of a Montessori Faculty

Those who complete the entire 10 weeks and all assignments will be awarded a CGMS Professional Development Certificate.

Montessori Fundamentals: Elementary Level

An Overview of Montessori for the Elementary Level

$360/person, 5 CEUs

Next session start date: August 9, 2021. The following sessions are 9/13/2021 and 10/11/2021.

After much anticipation, CGMS has launched our new Elementary Fundamentals professional development course. This 10 week program is designed to introduce the wonders of Montessori at the elementary level to assistant teachers, support staff, and Montessori administrators who are new to Montessori or Montessori for the elementary years.

Topics will include:

  • Key Montessori principles
  • Classroom leadership for elementary classrooms
  • Classroom roles and supporting the work of the elementary child
  • Positive Discipline
  • An introduction to the Montessori Elementary Curriculum for children 6-12 with a focus on the Cosmic Curriculum as the heart of the classroom.

Those who complete the entire 10 weeks and all assignments will be awarded a CGMS Professional Development Certificate.

The Childwise Teacher

$310/person, 3 CEUs Next session date: To be announced

6 Week Course

Every Montessori teacher knows the value of observation, but the “how and when” of to putting it in practice is often a challenge. This six week online workshop is designed for experienced Montessori teachers who want to take their classroom observation practice to a new level. There are many ways that children communicate their needs besides words, and in this inspirational course participants will learn methods for reading the secret messages of the classroom. Participants will delve deeply into observation theory and techniques with a focus on observation as the foundation of the Montessori method. The course includes video lectures by Dr. Paul Epstein presenting his CORE observation process (Connect, Obtain, Reflect and Engage). Participants will also discussion classroom observation videos and observation assignments from their own classroom. The course will use Dr. Epstein’s new book, An Observer’s Notebook, for the course text. Participants may purchase the book from the Montessori Foundation.

Special Needs

$270/person, 2.5 CEUs Next session: August 9, 2021. The following session is 1/31/22.  

5 Week course

Most of us have asked and been asked this question many times: Is Montessori for every child? In this 5 week course we will explore that topic while we look at practical ideas for how to adapt to, and meet the needs of children with challenges. The course will survey a variety of issues in special education including emotional and behavioral, academic, developmental, speech and language challenges, and children with multiple concerns. Video lectures and discussion forums will explore characteristics of children with learning differences with an emphasis on how to more effectively guide them to success. Topics also include school policies to address issues of children with special needs, communicating with parents, and working in partnership with specialists.

Participants will receive two manuals, one on Supporting Children with Special Needs in the Montessori Environment and another focusing on Movement and Motor Development. This manual is filled with activities to help active children with attention and motor challenges. Many of the ideas and movement activities presented in this course and the manual are also great for typically developing children and provide many opportunities to support the growth and development of the whole child. Participants who complete the entire 5 weeks and all assignments will be awarded a CGMS Professional Development Certificate.

Programas en español

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Professional Development

Please email admissions@cgms.edu if you need a paper application or would like information about our group discounts.
CGMS currently offers the following professional development programs.  Please email us at info@cgms.edu if you are interested in an earlier date for a course scheduled for the fall.
Course Next session
Montessori Fundamentals August 9, 2021
Fundamentos Montessori (for Spanish speakers) August 9th, 2021
Montessori Fundamentals–Elementary Level August 9, 2021
Special Needs August 9, 2021
Working with Infants & Toddlers (Montessori Beginnings) August 9, 2021

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