"The most difficult thing to make clear to the new teacher is that because the child progresses, she must restrain herself and avoid giving directions, even if at first they are expected; all her faith must repose in his latent powers."

 -Dr. Maria Montessori


To apply for admission, send VCMS:

  • Completed application (download copy)

  • Three letters of recommendation (two professional and one personal)

  • Personal statement explaining your interest in Montessori education

  • Completed transcript request form allowing VCMS to obtain high school or college transcript or send official transcripts from most recent educational institution (required by end of internship).  (VCMS transcript request form will be emailed upon contact)

  • $100.00 non-refundable application fee

  • Check should be payable to VCMS/WEMS

Once all application materials are received, an admissions interview will be scheduled with the program directors, either in person or via a phone conference call.  A successful interview will lead to an adult learner contract.  The adult learner will be fully accepted into the program upon receipt of the signed contract, a $500.00 tuition deposit and the $300.00 accreditation and affiliation fee. Applications must be postmarked by May 1st.  Applications received after this date will be charged a $200.00 late processing fee. Once accepted into VCMS, the intern will be responsible for locating a VCMS approved practicum site.  VCMS will provide information about area Montessori schools.


VCMS admits students and hires staff of any race, religion, national or ethnic origin.  VCMS does not discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin or any other protected class in employment or administration of its educational policies.



The candidate for the AMS Early Childhood Credential holds as a minimum: a bachelorís degree from a regionally accredited U.S college/university or its equivalent from a non-U.S. college/university.



AMS grants the AMS Associate Early Childhood Credential when the course graduate does not have a bachelor's degree. Employment requirements vary in different types of schools (e.g. private, public/charter, faith based, publically funded).  In some locations or schools, an Associate Credential may not qualify for full teaching responsibility.  The applicant is responsible for checking specific jurisdictions and schools for particular employment requirements. VCMS and AMS recommend that the candidate obtain their bachelorís degree in order to improve employment opportunities.


TRANSFER CREDITS PROCEDURE:  VCMS accepts applications from adult learners who want to transfer from other MACTE accredited AMS affiliated or non-AMS affiliated programs.  email for policy and details.