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Designed for early childhood educators in child care centers and schools, this program focuses on teaching concepts and skills that   have immediate applications. Students identify effective teaching strategies and techniques while practicing these strategies during each course for use in their centers or classrooms. The completion of all ten (10) courses below satisfies   the educational component for obtaining a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, and the hours may also be used toward a Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) credential. To find out more about these national certification programs, call CDA at 1.800.424.4310 or CCP at 1.800.543.7161. The courses within the certificate program meet the annual staff development requirements enacted by the New Jersey Bureau of   Child Care Licensing.

Upon successful completion of the program and passing the CDA credentialing exam, you may apply to Mercer County Community College to enter the Early Childhood credit program and be articulated for up to six credits.

For more information, contact Theresa Capra at

To earn Mercer’s certificate, you must complete the following ten (10) required courses:

  • Health and Safety with Young Children
  • Physical Development
  • Cognitive Development
  • Classroom Design and Program Management
  • Children’s Language and Literature
  • Getting Creative with Art, Music and Drama
  • Helping Children Learn About Themselves and Others
  • Guiding Children’s Behavior
  • Working with Families
  • Professionalism and Your Professional Resource File

Note: The same textbooks are used for all courses and are available in the MCCC bookstore.

Health and Safety with Young Children

Having a safe and healthy environment is essential when caring for young children in any setting. Learn to maintain indoor and outdoor environments that promote wellness and reduce injuries and how to respond when children do become sick or injured. Discover ways to help children develop good hygiene and nutritional habits and receive training on how to recognize and report child abuse and neglect.

1.2 CEU

Cost: $120


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Sep 5

Oct 10

6 W 6:00-8:00pm Angela Dixon

Guiding Children's Behavior

Learn positive techniques for minimizing problem behavior and encouraging self-discipline among young children. Tap your knowledge of child development to guide behavior, while learning guidelines for setting rules and limits. Teach children how to express strong feelings in acceptable ways, and how to use problem solving skills to minimize frustration. Develop strategies for responding to challenging behavior.

1.2 CEU

Cost: $120


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Oct 8

Nov 12

6 M 6:00-8:00pm Jeffra Nandan

Physical Development

A vast amount of physical development occurs during the first five years of life. Children are using their large muscles to crawl, walk, climb, and jump, and their small muscles to hold markers, pinch play-dough, and cut with scissors. Learn how to provide materials, equipment, and opportunities for gross motor (large muscles) development as well as fine motor (small muscles) development. Develop a repertoire of activities to encourage children’s physical development.

1.2 CEU

Cost: $120


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Sep 11

Oct 16

6 Tu 6:00-8:00pm Margaret Kornberg

Getting Creative with Art, Music, and Dramatic Play

From painting with watercolors to acting, learn to promote self-expression by choosing materials and activities that enhance creativity. Discover how the early childhood environment can encourage artistic exploration and how providing a rich variety of art materials, musical instruments, and props leads to the development of creative expression. Develop a repertoire of art, music, and drama activities which reflect the interests of the children you teach.

1.2 CEU

Cost: $120


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Oct 17

Nov 21

6 W 6:00-8:00pm Angela Dixon

Children's Language and Literature

Calling Mother Goose! Early childhood is a prime time for acquiring language and literacy skills. Discover how to select quality children’s literature for each age and level of development, and how to nurture reading skills in young children naturally. Help children focus on the sounds and structures of language through songs, chants, rhymes and finger plays. Learn how to create a print-rich environment with materials that encourage children to read, write, and begin to understand how speech and print are connected. Cognitive Development Learn to create an environment that invites children to develop and answer their own questions through exploration and investigation. Discover how to interact with children in ways to stimulate thinking and problem solving, and assist in the development of early math and science skills.

1.2 CEU

Cost: $120


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Sep 13

Oct 18

6 Th 6:00-8:00pm Margaret Kornberg


The Montessori Teacher Training Institute of Mercer County Community College is American Montessori Society (AMS) affiliated and is accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE.) Our program utilizes the complete Montessori curriculum; the goals of the program are to facilitate an interest and excitement for learning, to educate children in their sensitive developmental period, and to prepare future educators to meet the many needs of young learners. Classes are held at Robbinsville Montessori located at 2022 Washington Boulevard in Robbinsville, New Jersey; this location enables students in our program to be immersed in the Montessori method from the first day of class.


Who should enroll?

  • Montessori teachers or assistant teachers who do not have certification
  • Teachers and educators who wish to learn (and receive certification in) the Montessori Method
  • Those considering a career in Montessori education; a Montessori Teacher Certificate is recognized in every state and throughout the world.
  • Parents or other individuals who wish to further their understanding of child development and successful teaching methods.


To earn a certificate, you must complete the following courses and practicum hours. You may begin with Module I, II or III; however, if you are completely new to the Montessori Method, it is recommended that you begin the program with Module I. All four Modules must be completed prior to registering for the Practicum which begins the September following completion of all four Modules. There are no classes available in July and August.

All interested participants must possess an understanding of the English language, written and spoken. In order to earn a Montessori Teacher designation, applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree. If you have a high school diploma or Associates degree, you will earn a Montessori Associate designation at the end of this program. Please note that many Montessori schools will not hire a teacher without the Montessori Teacher certificate. If you need additional information, please email Jigna Rao at

Module I (Fall 2018)

  • • Philosophy/Theory
  • • Practical Life

Cost: $1,500

Module II (Fall 2018)

  • • Sensorial
  • • Math
  • • Art

Cost :$997

Module III (Spring 2019)

  • • Child Development
  • • Language
  • • Music, Movement

Cost: $1,105 (price subjected to changes)

Module IV (Spring 2019)

  • • Observation
  • • Parent Involvement/Education
  • • Science/Social Studies
  • • Classroom Leadership

Cost: $1,306 (price subjected to changes)

Practicum - 540 hours

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Modules I-IV



Self- Directed Practicum


All interested students should please download out Policies and Procedures Manual and Application.

Montessori Application Form

Montessori Policies and Procedures

Module I

The courses within this module will present the historical perspective and key components of the Montessori Method through Maria Montessori’s documentation. Montessori theory and education philosophy will be discussed along with the nature and development of young children and their absorbent minds. The importance of practical life learning will also be covered through hands-on applications in a Montessori environment. Students are required to compile an album and prepare short essays.

6.8 CEU

Cost: $1,500


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Sep 6

Oct 20


Tu, Th




Monica Shah

Sat classes: Sept 8, 22, Oct 6, 20

Sept 8, 22: 8:30am - 4:00pm

Oct 6, 20: 8:30am - 4:30pm

1/2 hour lunch on Saturday classes

Module II

Module II covers the areas of Sensorial learning, Math and Art. Montessori materials will be presented and practiced upon to strengthen students’ understanding of education and refinement of senses. The Sensorial area of any Montessori classroom builds the foundation of future success. Students will then learn the importance that Math and Art plays in the Montessori classroom. Each student will be required to compile an album for each area as well as begin a resource file.

7.8 CEU

Cost: $997


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Oct 23

Dec 20


Tu, Th




Monica Shah

Sat classes: Nov 3,17, Dec 1,15

1/2 hour lunch on Saturday classes

No class: Nov 8, 22

Practicum - 540 Hours

Prerequisite: successful completion of Modules I-IV

Cost: $1,227


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Sep 1, 2018

June 30, 2019


Self-Directed Practicum

Prerequisite: successful completion of Modules I-IV

Cost: $2,027


Inclusive Learning: Understanding and Applying Effective Framework and Classroom Management

Educators working in both general and special education benefit from gaining a comprehensive understanding of their role in an inclusive learning environment. This course will review and discuss various frameworks and strategies for developing and maintaining an effective inclusive classroom, as well as a productive relationship between co-teachers. Learn the key elements of co-teaching and how the most effective approaches are weaved throughout the layers of each framework and contribute to the overall success of inclusive education. 

This course aligns with the New Jersey's Standards for Professional Learning requirements and provides 8 professional development (PD) hours for educators.

Cost: $60


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Oct 30

Nov 13


Tu, Th


Denver Washington

No class: Nov 8

Substitute Teaching 101

Pre-requisite: Individuals must have a NJ substitute teacher certification.

Individuals holding their certification as a substitute teacher in the state of New Jersey will benefit by acquiring knowledge and strategies regarding classroom management, as well as their role and responsibility as a facilitator of learning. This course will review, discuss, and practice strategies for effective implementation of lessons/plans, rapport building with students, plus tips, tricks, and sanity savers for impromptu activities, conflict resolution, and effective documentation/communication that will enhance your experience as a substitute teacher. 

Cost: $40


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Oct 1

Oct 8


M, W


Denver Washington


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