Professional Learning

Courses and Trainings

NCMPS supports public Montessori schools, teachers, and leaders with targeted professional development.

Classroom Practice

Assistants Training - An online course (Open enrollment year-round)

Assistants Training
School-based preparation for support

Open enrollment year-round • $195

12-hour online course with school-based support

This course introduces new Montessori primary and elementary assistants to the prepared environment and their role within it. Enrollment requires a school-based facilitator to support aspects of the course.

Assistants can take the course individually, or a whole school can subscribe at a group rate.

Montessori Coaching and Child Study

Coaches Training: Supporting Montessori Teachers

October 8–November 12 • $295

Six-week online course with six live sessions

This course prepares coaches to support effective, equitable Montessori practice, and to work with leadership teams to strengthen developmentally supportive practices throughout the program. This fall’s sessions will address coaching under distance learning conditions.

Coaches Workshop: An Online Community of Practice (September 2020–May 2021)

Coaches Workshop: A Community of Practice

September 2020–May 2021 • $850

Sixteen online sessions throughout the school year

This Workshop brings participants from previous Coaches Trainings together to refine and deepen their work, ask questions, share, reflect, problem-solve, and implement Coaching tools during this unusual year. Participants in this fall’s Training will be able to join a Workshop later this year.

Workshop I is available for Coaches new to the community of practice. Workshop II is for Coaches returning from a previous Workshop.


Orientation to the DERS

DERS – Developmental Environment Rating Scale

Open enrollment year-round • $85

A three-hour online orientation to the DERS

This course introduces leaders and teachers to the Developmental Environment Rating Scale and how it can be used for coaching, support, and classroom assessment.

DERS – Developmental Environment Rating Scale Training and Certification

DERS – Developmental Environment Rating Scale
Training and Certification

Open enrollment year-round • $380

A six-hour online training and certification

The DERS, used for coaching, support, and assessment, measures classroom quality according to developmental outcomes such as executive functions, linguistic and cultural fluency, and social-emotional flexibility. This course provides training and a one-year subscription.