Calcutta Montessori Training Centre (CMTC)
Shaping up ideal kindergarten teachers and helping open their own centres
In view of the fact that there is always a stark shortage of ideally trained kindergarten teachers in pre-primary education, Calcutta Montessori Training Centre (CMTC) has been on the mission to fill this gap over the last 30 years. THE PROGRESSIVE TEACHER catches a glimpse of how CMTC nurtures future kindergarten teachers.
Founded in the year 1983 by S Sircar and Rajat Bose, CMTC is one of the oldest and most reputed Montessori Teacher Training Centres in eastern India. Students at its main centre at Lake Terrace in Kolkata is a mix crowd coming from various nooks and corners of West Bengal as well as neighbouring states of North East Region, Orissa, Bihar and Jharkhand. Commonplace in the training classrooms of CMTC are Thai and Bangladeshi students coming across the borders for the kindergarten teacher training programmes.
‘Our curriculum and training methodology are widely acclaimed by various schools in and outside Kolkata whose principals are happy with the competence and sincerity of those who have been trained at CMTC. We are happy to report that more than 99 percent of our students are working gainfully in reputed schools all over India or opening their own preschool centres across cities and towns,’ shared S Sircar, Director, CMTC. Till date, more than 18,000 students have passed out from CMTC’s main centre alone.
Syllabus and sessions
The main aim and objective of CMTC has always been to train future teachers using student-centric methodologies, teaching technology, managerial skills and practical know-how. The continuous and uninterrupted nine-month Pre-Primary Montessori Diploma Course is designed to qualify teachers to teach children between 2-6 years of age. The syllabus for this practical-based course is formulated by Teacher Training Society, a government registered body. The CMTC course and syllabus are developed with the blend of all subjects into a composite whole to guide young children so that they can apply their knowledge in a practical manner. The focus is on understanding every child’s psychology.
CMTC trains teachers to stimulate the children’s enthusiasm to learn and guide the young minds without interrupting their natural desire to teach themselves and become independent. CMTC style of teacher training is pragmatically viable for both urban and rural populations with respect to cultural, social, lingual and economic frameworks.
All CMTC trained teachers go through one-month internship in a Montessori school after their final diploma examination conducted and assessed by Teacher Training Society.
There are two sessions in a year at CMTC. The first session is from April to March with classroom timing from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm; and the second session is from August to July with classroom timing from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. More than 500 well-trained teachers are produced annually from the main centre of CMTC at Lake Terrace.
Franchise and accredited centres
CMTC boasts of its franchise centres spreading across the country and abroad. Each franchise centre is a separate independent entity run and controlled by each individual franchisee as owner. However, being the franchisor, CMTC main centre provides syllabus, training procedure, terminal student assessment techniques and management procedures to be followed by each franchise centre, but is not in any way involved in dayto- day running of the centres.
Franchise centres of CMTC in West Bengal are located in Howrah, Lake Town, Ballygunge, Behala, Entally and Kankurgachi. Those outside West Bengal are in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Khurda Road (Orissa); Guwahati (Assam), Nasik (Maharashtra), Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) Bengaluru (Karnataka), Alto Porvorim (Goa) Aluva (Kerala) and Ajman (UAE).
CMTC offers accreditation to all its trainedteachers wanting to open self-run Montessori teacher training centre if certain terms and conditions are fulfilled. Whenever required, CMTC main centre is always ready to lend a helping hand to all its accredited centres.