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Maria Montessori was, in many ways, ahead of her time. In 1870, she became one of the first female physicians in Italy to graduate from medical school. In her medical practice, her clinical observations led her to analyze how children learn, and she concluded that children build themselves from what they find in their environment.


Her desire to help children was so strong that in 1906 she gave up both her university chair and her medical practice to work with a group of young children of working parents in the San Lorenzo district of Rome. It was there that she founded the first Casa dei Bambini, or "Children's House." The Montessori approach to education was based upon her scientific observations of these children's ability to absorb knowledge from their surroundings, as well as their tireless interest in manipulating materials.


Every piece of equipment, every exercise, every practice Montessori developed was based on what she observed children do "naturally," by themselves, unassisted by adults. Children teach themselves. This simple but profound truth inspired Montessori's lifelong pursuit of educational reform, methodology, psychology, teaching, and teacher training—all based on her dedication to furthering the self-creating process of the child.


Montessori Philosophy


According to Maria Montessori, "A child's work is to create the person she/he will become." Children are born with intellectual powers, which aid them in their own development. However, they cannot complete the task of self-construction without purposeful movement, exploration, and discovery in a carefully prepared environment. This environment provides the freedom to develop physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. The "Freedom Within Limits" atmosphere also nurtures a sense of order and self-discipline.



General Information


Nondiscrimination Policy 

No person shall be subjected to discrimination in regard to admission because of age, disability, gender, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, or sexual orientation in our admissions procedures, administered procedures, or hiring policies of staff and consultants.


Confidentiality of Student Records 

All student records are confidential and maintained in the office. They are released only with written permission of the student. Students have access to their own files.


Student Services

Situations may occasionally arise during which a student may require support services including academic advising, counseling, and healthcare. Please consult with the course director or an instructor for counseling; she will refer you to an agency should the need arise. For healthcare, please consult with the nurse at our teaching location or at your practicum site.

Professional resources, such as instructional aids, and books are available at the course site. You may also view the websites of Montessori organizations for information about Montessori research, Montessori initiatives, professional development opportunities, celebratory events, and international and regional teaching opportunities. International and local conferences and workshops take place throughout Asia and Europe. Information about these events can be obtained from websites. The Internet has become the most current source of information on the Montessori profession, including job opportunities.


Career Path

Successful completion of this program meets the requirements for a career with young children. These settings include public and private infant and nursery programs, child/day care centers, home day care, kindergartens, and other child development age-appropriate programs.

EMTTA cannot guarantee employment, salary, or advancement to any student or graduate.


College Credit for EMTTA Courses

College credit is not available directly. However, St Catherine's College, Chaminade University, and Xavier University will give credits [advanced standing] for EMTTA coursework for those accepted into their respective Master's Programs.



Certification Requirements


EMTTA students must complete the following requirements to be recommended for a credential:

1. Complete all administrative and financial responsibilities to the program.

2. Fulfill attendance requirements [90%] for modules, seminars, and during student teaching.

3. Demonstrate achievement of competencies for the credential age, as indicated by grades in practical and written exams, field consultant reports, and completion of Student Teacher Record Handbook [GREENBOOK], and Student Teacher Practice / Presentation Handbook [BLUEBOOK] [for early childhood level only].

4. Receive PASS grades in course components and in practicum, as indicated by evaluations by the director, instructors, supervising teachers, and field consultants.

5. Satisfactory completion of exams, written and/or practical.

6. Completion of all requested evaluations of course components, the program, and practicum experiences.

7. Demonstrate the ability to implement the Montessori approach with children of the credential age, as indicated by field consultant reports.

8. Demonstrate the ability to maintain and develop a Montessori environment, as indicated by field consultant reports.

9. Behave ethically and respectfully, and adhere to the Code of Ethics.


Policy for Completion of Course Requirements

Time limit: Students are expected to complete all course requirements––academic, practicum, and financial––within three (3) years following the official end of the academic phase, Modules, of the program for which the student was enrolled.

The practicum must begin within two years of the official end of the student’s enrollment in the academic phase. NOTE: We encourage students to consider a 2-year internship.

Late Completion Option for Academic Phase: If a student has not completed all assignments within three (3) years following the official end of the academic phase of the program for which the student was enrolled, the student will have to apply to retake the full course at the current tuition charge. In some cases, the student may be allowed to take specific Modules for an adjusted tuition charge.


Note: The official end of the academic phase is defined as the end of the month in which the last MODULE is completed.


Time Limit Example: If a student enters in July 2015, the official end of the academic phase is August 31, 2015. The student has three (3) years following the official end of the academic phase to submit all assignments, until August 2018. The practicum must begin no later than September 2017.



We pledge to conduct ourselves professionally in ways that will reflect our respect for each other and for the children we serve. We will do whatever is within our talents and capacity to protect the rights of each child to have the freedom and opportunity to develop his/her full potential.


The Etonkids Montessori Teacher Training Academy has adopted the Code of Ethics of the American Montessori Society [Adopted 1969, Expanded June 1975, Updated 2008 and 2010]:


PRINCIPLE I – Commitment to the Student

In fulfillment of the obligation to the children, the educator:

1. Shall encourage independent action in the pursuit of learning

2. Shall protect the opportunity to provide for participation in educational programs without regards to race, sex, color, creed or national origin

3. Shall protect the health and safety of students

4. Shall honor professional commitments, maintain obligations and contracts while never soliciting nor involving students or their parents in schemes for commercial gain.

5. Shall keep in confidence information that has been secured in the course of professional service, unless disclosure serves professional purposes or is required by law.


PRINCIPLE II – Commitment to the Public

The Montessori educator shares in the responsibility for the development of policy relating to the extension of educational opportunity for all and for interpreting educational programs and policies to the public.

In fulfilling these goals, the educator:

1. Shall support his professional society and not misrepresent its policies in public discussion.

2. Whenever speaking or writing about policies, the educator should take the precaution to distinguish his/her private views from the official position of any Society to which he belongs.

3. Shall not interfere with nor exploit the rights and responsibilities of colleagues within the teaching profession.


PRINCIPLE III – Commitment to the Profession

The Montessori educator makes effort to raise professional standards and conditions to attract persons worthy of trust to careers in Montessori education.

In fulfilling these goals, the educator:

1. Shall extend just and equitable treatment to all members of the Montessori education profession.

2. Shall represent his/her own professional qualification with clarity and true intent.

3. Shall apply for and accept, offer, recommend, and assign professional positions and responsibilities on the basis of professional preparation and legal qualifications.

4. Shall use honest and effective methods of administrating his duties, use of time and conducting business.


Our Faculty of Paul Epstein
Paul Epstein

● Director of Kids Academy International Montessori Center

● Instructor of Etonkids Montessori Teacher Training Academy

● International Montessori expert with more than 40 years of Montessori education experience


Lorna R. McGrath

Lorna R. McGrath

● Director of the Montessori Family Alliance at the Montessori Foundation

● Former International Montessori Council Director of School Accreditation

● Nearly 50 years of experience in the field of education, in both public schools and independent Montessori schools


Dolly Wang

Dolly Wang

● Project instructor of department of child care, Chaoyang science and technology University

● Doctoral program of Chinese education in Taichung University of Education

● Certified instructor(3-6)of Asia Montessori Association, Italy

● Manager course of Asia Montessori Association, Beijing


Jonathan Wolff

Jonathan Wolff

● Admin course instructor of American Montessori Association

● Montessori school consultant, leadership coach, and teacher educator, who brings to his work 40 years of experience in Montessori

● Author of numerous educational publications


Guillaume Vallée

Guillaume Vallée

● Internationally certified Early Childhood Educator (3-6)

● On-site verifier for Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) in China and Asia

● International speaker, teacher trainer and consultant


Ting-Chih Chang
Ting-Chih Chang

● Instructor (0-3) of American Montessori Association

● Best selling writer of infant education in Taiwan

● Nearly 40 years of experience in infant education and training


Elaine M. Glier

Elaine M. Glier

● Instructor for The Center for Guided Montessori Studies

● 20 years’ experience working in a toddler community and directing parent/infant programs

● Providing home and school consultations, leading parent and staff workshops


M. Kathleen Leitch

M. Kathleen Leitch

● Executive Director of the International Montessori Council (IMC), Infant-Toddler Director and Leadership Co-director for CGMS

● Certified Parenting Instructor and Stress Management Facilitator

● Involved with Montessori education for 40 years


Gloria Gao

Gloria Gao

● Director of Etonkids Montessori Teacher Training Academy

● Auditor of  MACTE

● Instructor (3-6) of AMS


Claire Yu

Claire Yu

● Instructor (3-6) of EMTTA

● Instructor (3-6) of AMS

● 20 years experience of  Montessori Education


Liz Liu

Liz Liu

● Instructor (3-6) of EMTTA

● Instructor (3-6) of AMS

● More than 10 years experience of  Montessori Education


JennyYang

Jenny Yang
● Instructor (3-6) of EMTTA

● Instructor (3-6) of AMS

● More than 10 years experience of  Montessori Education


 Jody Zhou

Jody Zhou
● Instructor (0-3) of EMTTA

● Instructor (0-3) of AMS

● More than 10 years experience of  Montessori Education


Joanna Xue
Joanna Xue

● Instructor (0-3) of EMTTA

● Instructor (0-3) of AMS

● More than 10 years experience of  Montessori Education


Levi  Price

Levi  Price

● Instructor (0-3) of AMS

● Senior translator of Montessori course

● More than 10 years experience of  Montessori Education

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