Montessori Leadership Details


Why should I choose the PCTE Montessori Leadership Program?

Many Montessori leaders have made huge strides in their personal and professional development by attending workshops, management training classes, conferences and retreats.  These strides not only come from hearing new ideas and information, but also from deliberate reflection, self-study and an openness to learn.  The PCTE Montessori Leadership program provides participants with the higher-level leadership expertise required to effectively lead a Montessori School in the 21st century.

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 Leadership Program.

As of May 2015, the PCTE Montessori Leadership Program has been granted Applicant Affiliate status with the American Montessori Society (AMS).  

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 Leadership program 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.  

 What are the prerequisites for enrollment?

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

A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college, university or its equivalent is required. 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 this level.

What is the current course schedule?

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The purpose of the practicum is to provide an opportunity for participants to integrate learning into their daily leadership responsibilities. It is scheduled for the academic year and includes a minimum of six hours a day, five days a week, for nine consecutive months and includes three visits by an experienced Montessori leader.  PCTE  provides personalized leadership coaching sessions during the practicum phase. 

 What is the cost?

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

 Where are the 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 you apply?

Application to the PCTE Montessori Leadership Program consists of three parts: Online Application and Essay, Credentials and Recommendation Letters, and Submission of Transcripts. Applications are now being accepted for the next cohort, beginning in October 2016.

 Does PCTE provide lodging?

Participants may make arrangements directly with area hotels. Click here for a list of hotels in the area.

You may contact Banu Eser, PCTE Coordinator at for more information about family stays and their availability.