Adult Education: Montgomery Montessori Institute
Course Descriptions and Coursework

Montgomery Montessori Institute's two-phased program consists of Academic and Practicum Phases for the Infant & Toddler and 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 adult learners learn through a combination of lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and observation of active classroom experiences. The curriculum at Montgomery Montessori Institute gives the adult learners 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 students 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 adult learner is visited a minimum of three times throughout the Practicum Phase by the Practicum Supervisor. Adult learners 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 documented additional support is required for candidates participating in self-directed internships. Practicum sites are available locally.

Infant and Toddler Teacher Education Course

The Academic Phase, totaling 216 clock hours, consists of a concentrated five-week Summer Session plus three Saturdays in the fall. 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 adult learner extensive background knowledge in all the areas necessary to successfully manage in a variety of infant and toddler settings. Course work during the Academic Phase covers the areas of Montessori philosophy and pedagogy; child development; observation and research technique; the child, family and community; environmental design and curriculum; program leadership and administration; and professional growth and development.

Adult learners enter the Practicum Phase (540 hours) of the course once they have satisfactorily completed the Summer Academic Phase. During this phase, adult learners work over a nine-month period under the direction of a qualified teacher or practitioner at an approved internship site for a minimum of 540 clock hours. Additional practicum hours consist of course work, exams, and seminars held at MMI, as well as a research-based independent study. A 24-hour Overview course is required of candidates not holding a Montessori Early Childhood teaching credential. Throughout the Practicum Phase a Practicum Supervisor, working in conjunction with MMI, serves as an advisor, classroom observer, and liaison between the adult learner 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 or infant and toddler classroom, may apply to the Course Director to participate in a self directed internship. A minimum of three Practicum Site visits plus documented additional support is required of adult learners participating in self-directed internships. Practicum sites are available locally.

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