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Process for Processing Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization is available to F-1 students who are ready to begin their ten month Practicum/Internship/Student Teaching, from September through June.

The Montessori Credential requirements are divided into an

     1.  Academic Phase that preceeds the

     2. Practicum Phase.

The Practicum is a requirement of the American Montessori Society's Teacher Credential.  The Practicum is defined by a minimum duration and schedule of Monday through Friday, for nine consecutive months.  Education and experience is the primary function of the practicum.

Request for a CPT and the beginning of the Practicum occurs at the completion of the core courses of te level of training. All grades must be completed and all previous financial obligations must be met before the applicant will be issues a CPT.


  • Completio of the core courses at the level of credentialing
  • Good academic standing with all coursework graded with "B" or higher
  • Financial accounts current
  • Active F-1 status


  •  Only two semesters of CPT Practicum are premitted.
  • A student must complete CPT prior to the expected completion date (June 30th) on the I-20.
    • An I-20 cannot be extended for the sole purpose of CPT
  • The MTEC Office authorizes curricular practical training (CPT) for a specific employer and for a specific period of time, no more than 12 months.
  • Employment may not begin before the first day of authorization and may not end any later than the last day of authorization.
  • In order for MTEC's international adviser to authorize CPT, the student must obtain:
    • An offer letter from the employer that includes:
      • Recommendation for employment
      • A description of the position
      • Lists the duties
      • The beginning and ending dates of the employment
      • Part-Time or Full-Time employment
      • The full name of a staff or faculty member who will evaluate and support the applicant's performance in the internship
    • Site Agreement (found in practicum binder)
      • Copy of site’s AMS Membership or State Licensing
    • Supervising Teacher Information and Agreement (found in practicum binder)
      • Copy of Supervising Teacher’s Montessori Credential


  • Choose a school that qualifies for Practicum credit. (Refer to the Student Handbook).
  • Take listed documents above to the employer, preferably when you go for your initial interview, for completion.
  • Request a letter of offer from the employer, on letterhead stationery. (Details are listed above)
  • Make an appointment at MTEC's main office with an international adviser.
  • Email all required documents listed above and a cover letter requesting CPT to MTEC's international adviser and mail the non-refundable CPT Fee of $275.00 to MTEC's main office.
  • If MTEC's international adviser determines that the applicant is eligible for Curricular Practical Training (CPT), and all previous financial obligations have been meeting, a CPT authorization will be added to the learner's I-20.
  • Three copies of the CPT will be given to the applicant. All copies are required to be signed by the applicant:
    • One copy is required to be given to the employer
    • One copy is the applicant's
    • One copy is must be returned to MTEC

Note: I-20 students cannot enroll in Practicum coursework until CPT has been approved by an international adviser.

If all of the information required is NOT submitted all at once, we will not process the request. Additional time spent assembling material not provided in the primary submission will be billed at our hourly rate of $95.00.