Montessori Professional Development Courses
The Center for Guided Montessori Studies (CGMS) offers continuing education for Montessori teachers and assistants.
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 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.
Adventure in the Arts
$310/person, 3 CEUs
Next session: Fall, 2015, date to be announced
This 6 week course has two separate components.
Visual Arts in the Montessori Early Childhood Environment
Children love art and a well planned art area can bring joy and enrichment to any classroom. This 4 week course will give participants the tools they need to design and prepare an art environment that that will promote creative expression and develop art appreciation. Through video lectures and demonstrations, as well as assignments that encourage hands-on experience, participants will learn the value of art education and how to present art activities from a variety of media and styles. Participants will learn how to present art units that expose children to artists and styles of art including the classical masters and cultural art. All participants will receive an Art Album filled with activities and resources to enhance art in their classrooms.
Making Music with Children through Song and The Montessori Bells
This fun 2 week course will bring music to life with videos of Frank Leto singing with children. Frank presents many songs and rhythm activities, and also provides video lectures with instructions for how to prepare and present a music curriculum for young children. Participants will also view videos by Kitty Bravo presenting step-by step instruction on the Montessori bells. From the first Sensorial lessons in matching the bells to playing and composing music, young children can master these activities and so can you! This course is designed for everyone. If you are a musician it will be a fun introduction to the Montessori approach to music, if you are not musically inclined, this will be a life saver and give you what you need to make music a vibrant part of your classroom.
Participants in the Adventure in the Arts program will receive a fabulous art album which they can download and print as well as a song book and a mini album containing the presentations for the Montessori bells. It will be a fun course with a wealth of activities to incorporate in the classroom. Those who complete the entire 6 weeks and all assignments will be awarded a CGMS Professional Development Certificate.
Leadership and Overview of Montessori at the Early Childhood Level
$360/person, 5 CEUs
Next session: July 13, 2015. The following session is August 10, 2015
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 most of the topics relate to all age groups.
Early Childhood Renew and Review Seminars
Best Practices in Math and Language
$345/person, 4 CEUs
Next session: Fall 2015. Date to be announced.
8 Week Course
This course is the first in a series of online seminars designed to renew one’s passion for the Montessori approach, while providing opportunities to review and revisit Montessori curriculum and best practices. This 8 week session will focus on the Math and Language areas for the 3-6 level. Using our online “prepared environment” participants will spend time weekly working independently and with other teachers to develop a deeper understanding of these areas and how to support the work of the child. Participants will receive a downloadable version of the CGMS Language and Math albums as well as other resources. They will have an opportunity to view video lectures that will explore the sequence of the curriculum, the “why” behind our practices. Many of the lessons for the math and language areas will also be available for viewing on your computer. Our online discussion forums and weekly chats will provide participants with an opportunity to reflect on one’s own practice as you probe the minds of other experienced Montessori Guides and work together to review the math and language areas and renew your commitment to your life’s work.
Early Childhood Renew and Review Seminars
Observation with the CORE method
$360/person, 4 CEUs
Next session: Fall 2015. 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. 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 at the CGMS student discount rate.
$270/person, 2.5 CEUs
Next session: Fall 2015, date to be announced.
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.