Adult Education: Montgomery Montessori Institute
Course Descriptions and Coursework: Early Childhood Courses
Early Childhood Teacher Education Course
The Academic Phase, totaling 312 hours, consists of a concentrated eight week summer session. During the Academic Phase students learn through a combination of lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and observation of active classroom experiences. The curriculum at Montgomery Montessori Institute gives the student extensive background knowledge in all the areas necessary to successfully manage an early childhood classroom. Course work during the Academic Phase covers the areas of Montessori philosophy, child development, observation and research techniques, language, math, sensorial activities, practical life, social studies/geography, physical and life science, art, music, movement, and classroom management and administration.
Adult learners enter the Practicum Phase of the course once they have satisfactorily completed the Academic Phase. During this 612 hour phase adult learners work under the direction of a qualified teacher at an approved internship site for a minimum of 540 hours. The additional Practicum hours consist of seminars held at MMI and research-based independent study. Throughout the Practicum Phase a Practicum Supervisor, working in conjunction with MMI, serves as an advisor, classroom observer, and liaison between the student and the Supervising Teacher. Each student teacher is visited a minimum of three times throughout the Practicum Phase by the Practicum Supervisor. Students currently holding a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree and who have completed at least one year of teaching and/or assisting in a Montessori early childhood classroom, may apply to the Course Director to participate in a self directed internship. A minimum of three Practicum Site visits plus additional documented support is required of adult learners participating in self-directed internships. Practicum sites are available locally.
During the Academic Phase (MECE-ACAD) of 312 classroom hours (courses 401-414), the student will complete the following course work:
MECE-PL 401 Practical Life/Everyday Living Curriculum:
MECE-SEN 402 Sensorial Curriculum:
MECE-PHIL 403 Montessori Philosophy / Theory:
MECE-OB/R 404 Observation & Research Methods in Montessori Education:
MECE-LANG 405 Language Curriculum:
MECE-MA 406 Mathematics Curriculum:
MECE-PLS 407 Physical and Life Science Curriculum:
MECE-CD/P 408 Child Development / Psychology:
MECE-AR 409 Art Curriculum:
MECE-MU 410 Music Curriculum:
MECE-MOV 411 Movement / Fine and Gross Motor Skills Curriculum:
MECE-SS 412 Social Studies: Philosophy and rationale of geography (land and water forms, globes, maps, flags, multicultural awareness) and of history (time, calendar, seasons, and personal history).
MECE-MA 413 Classroom Leadership and Parent Involvement/Education:
MECE-OR 414 Orientation:
During the Practicum Phase students will complete a minimum of 612 hours including an internship and monthly Practicum Seminars.
MECE-PRAC 415 Student Teaching: The function of the Practicum Phase is to provide for the adult learner a supervised teaching-learning experience and a period of observation, internalization, and further study, to bring together the theory and practice of Montessori education. The minimum early childhood practicum is defined as lasting a full academic year, with the adult learner working at the practicum site, in the classroom of an approved Supervising Teacher, for a minimum of three hours a day, five days a week for nine consecutive months (or other equivalent time as approved by AMS and MMI).
No part of the Practicum Phase may precede the beginning of the Academic Phase of the course. The class should contain children in the 2 1/2 - 6 year age range and should be equipped with a full complement of Montessori didactic equipment. The adult learner in a traditional internship may not be asked to assume the full responsibility of the classroom without the presence of the Supervising Teacher or other qualified staff person. Total: 540 hours minimum
MECE-PRAC 416 Independent Study: The adult learner will undertake an original Independent Study that is ongoing during the Practicum Phase of the Early Childhood teacher education course. The Independent Study includes observation and research, analysis of field data, and preparation and presentation of the completed research paper. The formal presentation to colleagues and MMI faculty concludes the Observation and Research Methods in Montessori Education Course begun during the Academic Phase.
MECE-PRAC 417 Practicum Seminars: Adult learners are required to participate in Practicum Seminars as listed in the MMI calendar throughout the Practicum Phase. Total: 70 hours approximately
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