Is CGMS for Me?
There are many Montessori Training Centers. Why should you choose CGMS to become a Montessori Teacher?
The first Primarily Distance Early Childhood Training Program With MACTE Certification
Before you choose a distance training program, we hope you will look for these features:
- Is the program going to be respected by employers? CGMS has earned a strong reputation based on our commitment to quality.
- Is the program going to be lonely? We don't simply provide you with Montessori albums that describe how to give lessons. In our program you will be learning in collaboration with other students in a cohort group. An Instructional Guide and a Field Consultant will be discussing material with you and providing feedback and advice.
- Is an internship required? A program that does not require an internship may be easier, and it may do a fine job with teaching theory. But without an internship very few Montessorians - or teachers of any stripe - would consider someone prepared for the classroom. Programs that do not require internships are not as serious about teacher preparation, though these may be fine for those who are just exploring Montessori and are unready to commit to training.
- Will your assignments be reviewed? Self-study programs are fine for some activities, particularly those where it is easy to self-correct. Mathematics is an example of this kind of program; there is a right answer that can be easily verified. But to prepare for the complexities of the classroom we feel strongly that self-study is entirely inadequate. For this reason our students receive extensive feedback from our instructors as well as from other students.
- Will they provide you with enough material? CGMS is fundamentally committed to quality instruction. Instead of a few DVDs, we provide literally hundreds and hundreds of hours of video instruction online. Students have both an Instructional Guide and a Field Consultant in order to ensure that they receive the support and feedback they need to properly absorb the material. Students discuss subjects with each other in their cohort group.
There is much, much more to becoming a Montessori teacher than knowing the mechanical steps in each lesson. Unlike other distance training programs, CGMS combines deep theoretical and practical knowledge, including:
- Montessori Philosophy
- Child development
- Techniques for observation and record keeping
- Advanced coursework including music and working with special needs children