Cottage Montessori Teacher Education Program -

"Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel." 

Program Info


Cottage Montessori Teacher Education Program is located in Fresno, California, on the shared campus with Cottage Montessori School.

CMTEP hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.
Cottage Montessori School hours are 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Cottage Montessori Teacher Education Program is a program designed to train adult learners in the Montessori Method of education for children 2  1/2  - 6 years of age.

(For more detailed info., contact our office @: 559.222.6600 )

The program consists of two phases:

Academic Phase                                       300    classroom hours
This takes place over eight consecutive weeks during the summer, beginning mid June of each year.
Classes are 8:00 a.m. - 4:00  p.m. ,Monday - Friday. 
Classes are held in a classroom/lab setting with lectures, demonstration of materials, panel discussions and media presentations.

Courses include:

The 4 Montessori Core Curriculum Areas:
  • Practical Life
  • Sensorial
  • Math
  • Language Arts

In conjunction with:
  • Montessori Philosophy/Theory
  • Child Development/Psychology
  • Physical & Life Science
  • Social Studies
  • Classroom Leadership

The following subject areas will also be covered:
  • Art
  • Music, Movement
  • Parent Involvement/Education

Practicum Phase                                       540 classroom hours

The Practicum Phase takes place during the 9-10 month school year.  It is designed to give the adult learner an opportunity to work under the guidance of a supervising teacher to develop skills of observation, internalization and general hands-on practice with the materials.  

This phase is also designed to provide experiences in classroom management, communication with parents, and bringing together the theory and practice in such a way that responds to the needs of the children.

During this time, there will be 6 Saturday seminars, 8 hours each.  Attendance is required. (Please consult Enrollment Packet for details)

Tuition and Fees
Application Fee (non-refundable)                                                        $75                             
Professional Fees (MACTE & AMS)                                                       $381
CMTEP has been awarded AMS Applicant Affiliate status. Upon full accreditation, fees will be paid.
Curriculum Manuals/Albums *                                                                 $322           
Tuition for Academic & Practicum Phases                                      $3,000

* The Manuals/Albums are over 1,700 pages of introduction to the Montessori materials, presentations & extensions, curriculum development, concept formats, curriculum philosophy statements and more!

For more detailed information of program policies, description and admission requirements, please view/download the provided .pdf file.

Upon acceptance into Cottage Montessori Teacher Education Program, students will receive the student handbook, which details all aspects of the Academic Phase & the Practicum Phase.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to the director,

please contact us at:  559.222.6600

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