Maryland Center for Montessori Studies

The Maryland Center for Montessori Studies (MCMS) is operated by the Montessori Society of Central Maryland, Inc., a non-profit organization founded to further the teaching principles and philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. Successful completion of the Early Childhood Teacher Certification Program results in teacher certification by the American Montessori Society. MCMS is affiliated with the American Montessori Society (AMS), accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) and approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Our mission is to inspire and cultivate strong Montessori advocates and leaders as champions for the human spirit.

Our Philosophy

The main goal of the Maryland Center for Montessori Studies Early Childhood certification program is to inspire, instruct, and cultivate Montessori teachers. As Montessori pedagogy focuses on the spiritual, psychological and cognitive realms of the child, our program also focuses on the preparation and transformation of the whole teacher as well as on the importance of the prepared environment. The program instills in our adult learners a deep respect for children and sensitivity to their needs and different styles of learning.

 Our Program

Maryland Center for Montessori Studies helps interested individuals become highly effective Montessori advocates and leaders. Successful completion of the Early Childhood Teacher Certification Program results in an Early Childhood Teaching Certification by the American Montessori Society.

The 22-month program content includes Montessori philosophy, theories of child development, the use of Montessori didactic materials, early childhood Montessori curricula, observation techniques, effective record keeping, classroom management, healthy parent communication, and effective administration.

This two-year program is formatted to allow an individual who is currently working full-time to attend classes. Please see our Dates and Rates page for more information regarding our Early Childhood Teacher Training Program. We have limited openings, so we encourage you to enroll soon so that you don’t miss out on this opportunity!

To learn more about the program, please read our Frequently Asked Questions and contact us at inform@marylandmontessori.org. We look forward to talking with you about your interest in Montessori education and your desire to become a Montessori teacher!

Our Instructors

All courses are led by four AMS certified Montessorians. This group of instructors is headed by Lee Lanou, Director of Training for the Maryland Center for Montessori Studies. To learn more about our instructors, please click here.

Ready to get started on your own Montessori journey?

Get in touch with us today by emailing learn@marylandmontessori.org or filling out the form below to learn more about our program and determine if MCMS is the right fit for you.

Maryland Center for Montessori Studies (MCMS) is operated by the Montessori Society of Central Maryland, Inc., located at Greenspring Montessori School in Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland. 

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