Course Cycle

Course Cycle includes academic and practicum phases.Minimum time frame for completion of either certification course is twelve months. A modular program has been designed to fit a working adult’s schedule. Adults typically take a few years to complete a course. Please see the calendar for dates.

INFANT-TODDLER

Infant-Toddler Students who elect to take the minimum time frame [12 months]

In order to be successful in the 1-year program, students must demonstrate a clear understanding of the Montessori philosophy and practice with children birth through 3 years of age. This will be verified through exams, written papers, and field visit reports.

In addition, the student must:

  • Have 90% attendance record for the academic modules, seminars, and student teaching.
  • Maintain an average grade of 90% or better on practical and written exams, material design units, research projects, resource files and other assignments.
  • Meet all assignment submission deadlines.
  • Be up-to-date with entries in the Student Teacher Record Handbook [GREENBOOK].

Failure to maintain this standard of performance will result in the student being assigned to a second year of internship.

EARLY CHILDHOOD

Early Childhood Students who elect to take the minimum time frame [12 months]

In order to be successful in the 1-year program, students must demonstrate a clear understanding of the Montessori philosophy and practice with children 2 ½ through 6 years of age. This will be verified through practical and written exams, written papers, and field visit reports.

The student must:

  • Have 90% attendance record for the academic modules, seminars, and student teaching.
  • Maintain an average grade of 90% or better on practical and written exams, material design units, research projects, album introductions, resource files and other assignments. 8/9 or 11/12 on practical and written exams.
  • Meet all assignment submission deadlines.
  • Be up-to-date with entries in the Student Teacher Record Handbook [GREENBOOK], and Student Teacher Practice / Presentation Handbook [BLUEBOOK].

Failure to maintain this standard of performance will result in the student being assigned to a second year of internship.

RECOMMENDATIONS

The Infant Toddler course is recommended to be a one-year Academic course, followed by a two-year Practicum (internship). The two [2] modules can be taken during one summer or spaced over 12 months.

The Early Childhood course is recommended to be a one-year Academic course, followed by a two-year Practicum (internship). The three [3] modules can be taken during one summer or spaced over 12 months.

COURSE SECTIONS

ACADEMIC COURSEWORK [held during summer and during the school year. Please see the calendar.]
Academic coursework for the Infant-Toddler credential includes Module I and II.
Academic coursework for the Early Childhood credential includes Module I, II, and III

WEEKEND SEMINARS(held on Saturday and Sunday, 8:30am – 5:30pm)
Seminars are held during the school year on Saturdays and Sundays 8:30am – 5:30pm. They take place concurrent with student teaching. At seminars, additional workshops are presented and assignments are reviewed including mind maps of readings, research papers, material-making projects, and completion of manuals (resource files).

Practical exams are conducted during seminars. The practical exams are designed to determine competency in understanding of the Montessori philosophy and principles and use of the materials. It is recommended that the candidate must be up-to-date on all assignments before taking practical exams.

STUDENT TEACHING[working in the classroom, a minimum of three hours a day, five days a week for nine consecutive months]
Student teaching includes a period of observation, internalization, and further research and study to bring together the theory and practice of Montessori education. During the Practicum students are regularly supervised. They also participate in weekend seminars (in-person or via the internet).

Student teachers will be visited a minimum of four times by a Field Consultant. If student teachers are in a self-directed practicum, each student teacher will be provided additional support such as extra visits, and additional communication by email or phone.

         
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