Those individuals who meet the following criteria are eligible for admission to the program:
1. Admission for Early Childhood Candidate: The candidate for the AMS Early Childhood Credential holds as a minimum: a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S college/university or its equivalent from a non-U.S. college/university. Upon successful completion of the Early Childhood course, the director recommends the adult learner to AMS for an AMS Early Childhood Credential. An Early Childhood Credential is awarded to adult learners who hold a Bachelor’s degree from a non-U.S. college/university and whose Bachelor’s degree does not equate to that of a U.S. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university. The degree and country in which the graduate was awarded his/her Bachelor’s degree is indicated on the credential.
AMS grants the AMS Associate Early Childhood Credential when the course graduate has a high school diploma or GED, but not a Bachelor’s degree. Country, state and local employment requirements vary widely and change periodically. In addition, employment requirements vary in different types of schools (e.g. private, public/charter, faith based, publicly funded). In some locations or schools, an Associate Credential may not qualify for full teaching responsibility.
Even if it is currently possible to qualify for a full teaching responsibility without a Bachelor’s degree, employment regulations may change in the future. The applicant is responsible for checking specific jurisdictions and schools for particular employment requirements.
Applicants for this AMS Early Childhood course who do not have a U.S. Bachelors degree from a regionally accredited U.S college/university or its equivalent are required to sign a statement verifying that they have received the above information before they are considered for acceptance into this course.
2. Candidates must submit a completed application form; a personal statement of not more than 500 words explaining their interest in obtaining Montessori certification; and three letters of recommendation.
3. Candidates must be prepared to undertake a demanding course load due to the nature of the course cycle.
4. Candidates will be interviewed by the Program Director and/or Program Coordinator either in person or by telephone before acceptance to the program.
5. Evaluations of previous work will be done by the Program Director to determine if all or any part meets the criteria of the training center. For an applicant seeking advanced standing or re-admission, credit can be given if the applicant has successfully completed all course assignments, oral and written exams. The hours attended in the classroom must be the same as those currently offered at the Training Center. Tuition will reflect the reduction in hours.
6. MCMS reserves the right to make the final decision concerning an applicant’s admission to the program.
7. Applications will be taken up to August 31 prior to the start of the program.