Administrator Course

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Administrator Course Details

The PCTE Montessori Administrator Course is now fully affiliated with the American Montessori Society.  Graduates will earn an AMS Administrator Credential upon completion.

Are you ready to begin a challenging Montessori leadership program that includes self-reflection, guidance from distinguished leaders in the field and a personalized practicum?  If so, join other Montessori leaders to:

Define your leadership vision
Explore and enhance your personal communication styles
Implement new leadership best practices
Examine current school law, regulations, governance & policy
Develop a consistent voice to tell your story
Inspire those around you to perform their best
Sharpen financial aptitude
Connect with other Montessori Leaders

Tell me more about the PCTE Montessori Administrator Course.

During the two-year cycle, participants will explore what it means to be an authentic leader, analyze their own leadership strengths and challenges, develop a personal leadership growth plan and receive individual coaching during the practicum phase.

The primary focus of the course is learning how to integrate Montessori philosophy and principles into all facets of leadership such as marketing, technology, organizational development, finance, policy, employee benefits, school governance and development, family systems, facilities management and building design, parent education and communication, staff development, curriculum, Montessori philosophy and child development.

The PCTE Montessori Administrator Course is designed to provide current and aspiring heads, and key administrators, with the higher-level leadership expertise required to effectively lead a Montessori School in the 21st century, as well as prepare you and your institution to remain in compliance with AMS standard 5.8.1 as the new emerging criterion takes effect July 1, 2020.

The PCTE Montessori Administrator Course is now fully affiliated with the American Montessori Society.  Graduates will earn an AMS Administrator Credential upon completion.

What are the prerequisites for enrollment?

The PCTE Montessori Administrator Course is designed to meet the needs of leaders with different educational backgrounds and experience. Three model options are offered:

Model 1 – Montessori Focus: Participant holds a degree in School Administration but does not have a Montessori credential.

Model 2 – Administrator Focus: Participant holds a Montessori credential but does not have a degree in School Administration.

Model 3 – Administrator & Montessori Focus: Participant does not hold a Montessori credential nor has a degree in School Administration.

A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college, university or its equivalent is required.  (College degrees received from non-US colleges or universities may not meet the degree standards required for the US.  For an assessment of non-US degrees, applicants should contact a credentialing agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  To find a listing go to http://www.naces.org/)

Each participant must be computer-literate and have access to a computer throughout the course.

In addition, each participant must work at or be assigned to a practicum site that includes at least one Montessori classroom that meets the environmental setup, materials, and age-range of children as required for that level.

What is the current course schedule?

The next cohort begins in October 2017, and is a two year course. Portions of the course are online and conducted remotely, and other portions require attendance at PCTE’s Princeton campus, located at 487 Cherry Valley Road in Princeton, NJ.

A tentative schedule for the October 2017 cohort is listed below. Note that depending on the “model” which you are following, you may not need to attend all sessions:

Oct 18 – 21, 2017  Educational Leadership 1
Jan 4 – Mar 1, 2018  School Operations 1 (Weekly Online Class)
Apr 11 – 14, 2018 – School Operations 2 & 3
Jun 11 – 19, 2018: Montessori Philosophy
Jul 23 – 27, 2018: School Operations 4, Program Development 1
Jul 30 – Aug 3, 2018: Program Development 2
Oct 3 – 6, 2018: Montessori Curriculum, Educational Leadership 3, Program Development 3
Oct 10 – Dec 19, 2018: Educational Leadership 2 (Weekly Online Class)
Jan 16 – Mar 27, 2019: Program Development 4 (Weekly Online Class)
Apr 3 – 6, 2019: School Operations 6
Jul 22 – 26, 2019: School Operations 7, Educational Leadership 4

In addition to the academic portion, the course includes a year long practicum designed to provide an opportunity for participants to integrate learning into their daily leadership responsibilities. It is scheduled during the academic year and includes a minimum of six hours a day, five days a week, for nine consecutive months at an approved site that includes Montessori learning environments and includes three visits by an experienced Montessori leader.  PCTE  provides personalized leadership coaching sessions during the practicum phase.

How much does it cost?

Program fee is $7200. (Includes a non-refundable application fee of $500).

Where are classes held?

All classes, except online classes, are held at Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE) located at Princeton Montessori School, Princeton, NJ. Class hours are 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.  Click here to see the campus.

How do I apply?

Applications are now being accepted for the next cohort, beginning in October 2017.  Application to the PCTE Montessori Administrator Course consists of the following parts:

1.  To start, complete the Online Application. Completing this online application is the first step in enrolling in the PCTE Montessori Administrator’s Course. The application fee of $500 (non-refundable) is due with your online application.  PCTE will contact you with instructions for completing the required documentation after this online application is received.

2. Self-Assessment Form and Leadership Essay

3.  Two letters of recommendation that include:

  • Relationship to the applicant
  • Description of applicant’s self-knowledge and capacity for self-reflection
  • Assessment of applicants ability to accept feedback from others
  • Examples of the applicant’s commitment to learning and ability to lead

4.  Montessori credential (if applicable), current resume, and transcripts

An original, sealed University or College transcripts should be mailed or emailed from the University or College directly to Princeton Center Teacher Education, Attn: Transcripts, 487 Cherry Valley Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.  All documents are to be email to Andrea OBrian at aobrian@pmonts.org(College degrees received from non-US colleges or universities may not meet the degree standards required for the US.  For an assessment of non-US degrees, applicants should contact a credentialing agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  To find a listing, visit http://www.naces.org/)

5.  Application Fee $500 (non-refundable) to be submitted with the online application.

Applicants are responsible for tracking the status of recommendation letters and for ensuring that all parts of their application are complete.  PCTE will contact the applicant with instructions on submitting the required documentation after the online application is received.

Click here to being the application process. 

How can I find out more?

Feel free to email Andrea O’Brian at aobrian@pmonts.org with specific questions about the course.

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