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Course for Montessori School Management and Leadership (CMSM)

CMSM: Course for Montessori School Management and Leadership
For administrators, directors, principals, heads of school and Montessori advocates

Leadership Matters
Adults play a critical role in creating the child-centered Montessori environment.  In addition to the teachers who prepare the classrooms for children to flourish, administrators must be able to incorporate the Montessori principles in managing their school in order for the organization to achieve its full potential.

The Course for Montessori School Management (CMSM) is a comprehensive program designed to assist current heads of school and future school leaders in managing successful and exemplary Montessori schools.

Academic phase
The program emphasizes both Montessori theory and practical challenges that today’s administrators face in their school
s. PART I and PART III offered summer 2015. PART II offered in summer 2016.

Part I:  Montessori Overview (Monday, July 13 - Saturday, July 18, 2015)

  • Montessori Philosophy
  • Child Development
  • Infant & Toddler Curriculum / Observation at the Montessori Children’s Center in White Plains, NY
  • Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle School Curriculum
  • Programs for staff and program development, community building, developing a school-wide Montessori culture in your school
Part III:  Art of School Leadership (Monday, July 20 - Saturday, July 25, 2015)
  • Building Community
  • Educational Leadership
  • Personnel and Supervision
  • Working with Parents and Boards
  • Marketing / Enrollment
  • Issues of Public and Charter Schools
  • Starting a New School

Part II: July 2016

 Please note:  Part I is offered each year, followed by Part II (in even years) and Part III (in odd years)

In addition to the CMSM courses, enrolled administrators must complete additional hours of academic coursework.  (The number of additional hours varies according to the administrator's experience and the model selected.)   This requirement may be met by attending other courses offered by CME|NY or at other sites approved by the CMSM coordinators.  

Practicum experience (Part IV)

The practicum experience is designed to enable CMSM participants to continue in their current position, at their own school, as long as they are in the role of a full time school administrator.  The participant engages in a case study that focuses on meeting the challenges and goals for the school that each participant establishes for him/herself.  During the school year, the Part IV participant receives three consultations from CMSM faculty, who observe, coach, mentor, and offer recommendations about specific challenges and areas for enhancement.

Flexibility to suit your needs and interests
We offer three different program models based on your educational background and experience.


Ideal for



School administrators who seek knowledge in Montessori philosophy/pedagogy and all levels of Montessori curriculum

Holds an approved and valid state license for school administration or is currently working as a school administrator with at least 3 years experience working as an administrator in any school setting or is in the process of completing a state recognized collegiate program leading to licensure as a school administrator or equivalent recognized by the state/school.


Montessori credentialed teachers who seek knowledge and skills in school administration

A Montessori credential from an accredited Montessori training program at the Infant and Toddler, Early Childhood, Elementary I, Elementary II or Elementary I-II levels


Individuals who seek knowledge and skills in Montessori philosophy/ pedagogy/curriculum and school administration who will shortly be in an Administrative position.                                         

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution


Credentials and Certificates

The Administrator's Credential is from the American Montessori Society.  MACTE (Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education) does not offer accreditation for Administrator education.  Upon successful completion of the CMSM program within a three-year period, you will receive an AMS ADMINISTRATOR'S CREDENTIAL if you hold a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution or equivlent. If you do not have a bachelor’s degree, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from CME|NY.


55 hours per week: Monday through Thursday: from 8:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.,  Friday and Saturday 8:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m. There are ample breaks for lunch and dinner.


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“CMSM was an incredible opportunity for me as a veteran administrator seeking Montessori certification as a pubic school principal.  I had the opportunity to broaden my knowledge of the similarities and differences between public, private and charter schools.  The experiences, wisdom and advice from the staff as well as my collegial classmates were invaluable.  Today, Armatage Montessori School has 625 students with a waiting list that continues to grow each day.  The summer training combined with a rigorous curriculum that stretched my understanding of the Montessori philosophy and how it can be effectively intertwined into the 21st century education system while maintaining the core beliefs of Dr. Montessori is a tribute to CME|NY.”


-- Joan Franks, Principal

Armatage Public Montessori School

Mpls,. MN


“CMSM gave me the knowledge and confidence necessary to fulfill my position as Head of School over the last three years. If I had to choose the best part of the program, I would say that it is the connections, networking, and friendships developed. Being a new Head of School, the mentors who took me under their wing and have supported me in my successes and challenges have proven to be priceless.”

-- Meg Sheehan, Director

North Shore Montessori School

 Stony Brook, NY


“CMSM was full of fun, intelligent, accomplished people. The program was exceptional! I was impressed by the intellectually stimulating curriculum, the diverse group of classmates from Montessori schools around the nation and the superb blend of world-class faculty. The program helped me review my own leadership style, my organizational culture, and the kind of mindset a Montessori leader needs in order to be successful in the 21st century. This program will make you a more effective and more productive Montessori school administrator.”


--Munir Shivji, Executive Director

The Institute of Montessori Education & Head of School,

The Innovative School

Houston, TX


“I love CMSM.   I enrolled at CMSM last summer to deepen my understanding of the Montessori philosophy.  Although I was not new to school administration, CMSM gave me an opportunity to connect with some of the brightest Montessori educators and colleagues from all over the country and engage in meaningful conversations about education.   It was a great balance of theory and practice, challenging but not overwhelming . The staff was exceptional and committed to our role as administrators in Montessori schools.   I connected with people who will be lifetime friends!”



--Ingrid W. Tucker, Ed.D., Head of School

 Cambridge Montessori School

Cambridge, MA



"CMSM gave me a solid starting foundation for being principal at Morehead Montessori. I was able to utilize my newly acquired Montessori community building concepts to give our staff an opportunity to build stronger relationships."

-- W. Renee Carmon, Ed. D.

Principal, Morehead Montessori Magnet Elementary

Durham, NC

Program Dates CMSM

Academic Phase

Part I:  Sunday, July 13 -  Friday, July 18, 2014 

Part II:  Sunday, July 20 - Friday, July 25, 2014

Part III:  Summer 2015

Practicum Phase (Part IV)

September 2014 – June 2015

Center for Montessori Education|NY
785 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605

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