Elementary Reading Certificate Program

Elementary Reading Certificate Program

The AMS Elementary Reading Certificate Program is designed for Montessori teachers who are interested in applying the science of reading by engaging the most recent research-based strategies for teaching reading in their Montessori classroom. Participants will develop an understanding of the essential components of reading and reading continuums that allow Montessori teachers to follow children’s development as readers. Matching children to their developmental stage on the continuum leads to an exploration of literacy strategies that support individual children. Participants will leave with a toolkit that enables them to extend the Montessori curriculum and enhance the reading development of children.

We are now accepting registrations for the following cohorts in 2022. See detailed timelines for each below:

  • Cohort 2 (Summer/Fall): July 11 – October 30 with a one month break in August to reflect and connect with your students. 
  • Cohort 3 (Fall): October 21 – December 18

What to Expect

You will join a cohort of up to 30 individuals for a two part course. The program consists of 6 modules of self-guided study and live experiences held via Zoom. The course is split into two sections: Part 1 is theoretical and Part 2 offers strategies and tools to explore the science of reading within your own environments and the children you work with. There will be assignments that are designed to be reflective and to enhance your understanding of the science of reading, both in theory and in action.

  • For: Elementary 1 (6 – 9) and/or Elementary 2 (9 – 12) Montessori credentialed teachers, school leaders, and interventionists
  • Format: A blend of live (synchronous) experiences held via Zoom and on-demand (asynchronous) content
  • Time Commitment: 36 – 40 hours total (please see timelines below)
  • CPD Hours: 36
  • Cost: $800 non-members | $650 AMS members

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded an AMS Elementary Reading Certificate attesting to your mastery of the program.

Group Discounts Available

AMS is excited to offer a variety of discounted group packages for this course. Group registrations must first contact us to be discounted.

  • 5+ registrants: 5% discount
  • 10+ registrants: 10% discount
  • 20+ registrants: 15% discount
  • 30+ registrants: 20% discount

Program Modules & Outcomes

Essential Components of Reading

Define the five essential components of reading

Continuum of Reading

Describe the purpose of the continuum of reading

Assessment Tools

Recognize the purpose of commonly used classroom-based assessment tools

Strategies & Science

Name instructional strategies supported by the science of reading

Montessori & 5 Essential Components

Use the Montessori curriculum to support the five essential components of reading

Cohort 2 (Summer/Fall)


  • July 5: Registration deadline
  • July 11 – 28: Part 1 of the program begins
  • August will be used for reflection and connection with students
  • September 16: Part 2 of the program begins
  • October 30: Program ends

Live sessions will be held via Zoom on Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:15 PM (ET).

Registration is closed for this cohort.


Modules 1 – 3
July 11 – 28, 2022
Live Sessions via Zoom on: July 14, July 21, & July 28

August – a pause to engage with discussion boards and time to reflect and consider the needs of the children

Module 4
Begins: September 16
Live session via Zoom: September 22

Module 5
Begins: September 30
Live Session via Zoom: October 6

Module 6
Begins: October 14
Live Session via Zoom: October 20

Cohort 3 (Fall 2022)


  • October 16: Registration deadline
  • October 21 – November 13: Part 1 of the program begins
  • November 25: Part 2 of the program begins
  • December 18: Program ends

Live sessions will be held via Zoom on Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:15 PM (ET).

Register for Cohort 3


Modules 1 – 3
October 21 – November 10, 2022
Live Sessions via Zoom on: October 27 , November 3, & November 10

Module 4
Begins: November 11
Live session via Zoom: November 17

Module 5
Begins: November 25
Live Session via Zoom: December 1

Module 6
Begins: December 2
Live Session via Zoom: December 15

Meet the Facilitator

Linda S. Zankowsky

Linda S. Zankowsky, EdD, is the director of the University of Delaware Montessori Teacher Residency in Professional and Continuing Studies. Linda has 33 years experience as a reading specialist, classroom teacher, school principal, and head of school at Wilmington Montessori School, DE. Her focus is on literacy and assessment, social curriculum, and building professional learning communities. Linda serves as board chair of Sussex Montessori School and as chair of Montessori Works. She has consulted nationally with many Montessori schools and been a frequent presenter at The Montessori Event on the topics of reading and writing.

Special thanks to Dr. Vanessa Rigaud, Xavier University, for her service to the development of this program.

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