Adult Education: Montgomery Montessori Institute
Course Descriptions and Coursework: Infant & Toddler Courses
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 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 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.
Students enter the Practicum Phase of the course once they have satisfactorily completed the Summer Academic Phase. During this phase, students work over a nine-month period under the direction of a qualified teacher or practitioner at an approved internship site for a minimum of 400 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; thus increasing the Practicum Phase to a total 798 hours for these applicants. 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 adult learner 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 additional documented support is required for candidates participating in self-directed internships. Practicum sites are available locally.
During the Academic Phase (MECE-ACAD) of 216 classroom hours, the student will complete the following course work:
MITE-OV 188.8.131.52. Prerequisite Overview Course:
MITE-CD 184.108.40.206. Child Development: Prenatal to Three Years:
MITE-PHIL 220.127.116.11. Montessori Philosophy and Pedagogy:
MITE-ED 18.104.22.168. Environmental Design:
MITE-PLA 22.214.171.124. Program Leadership:
MITE-CFC 126.96.36.199. Child, Family, and Community:
MITE-OB 188.8.131.52. Observation and Research Methods in Montessori Education:
Completed During the Practicum Phase
MITE-PGD 184.108.40.206. Professional Growth and Development
During the Practicum Phase adult learners will complete: a 540 hour minimum internship, an Independent Study Project requiring at least 24 hours, a minimum of 16 hours in Practicum Seminars and 16 hours of course work exams for a total of 596 hours. An additional 24 hours is required for those who must complete the Overview Course.
MITE-PRAC 220.127.116.11 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. Adult learners may choose an Infant Concentration at a site where they work with infants and children up to eighteen months of age or they may choose the Toddler Concentration in a setting where the children range in age from eighteen months to three years of age. The Model 3 Practicum, Infant and Toddler (birth to 3 years) is designed for the adult learner whose primary interest is in the development of infants and toddlers. The adult learner will follow the development of children in the class, establish relationships with the children and their families, make and present materials, participate in planning activities, recordkeeping, observation, class management, and promote parent involvement and education. The minimum Infant and Toddler practicum is defined as lasting a full academic year, with the adult learner working at the practicum site, under the direction of an approved Supervising Teacher, for 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 setting should contain children ranging in age from birth to eighteen months or eighteen months to three years of age and should be in a well-equipped setting with a variety of age appropriate Montessori didactic equipment. The adult learner may not be asked to assume the full responsibility of the classroom without the presence of the Supervising Teacher or other qualified staff person. Adult learners qualifying for a Self-Directed Practicum require a minimum of three on-site consultation visits by a field consultant plus documented additional support.
MITE-PRAC 18.104.22.168 Practicum Seminars: Students are required to participate in Practicum Seminars and additional course work as listed in the MMI calendar throughout the Practicum Phase. If required, the remaining 24 hours of the Overview course will be required during the Practicum Phase.
MECE-PRAC 22.214.171.124 Independent Study: The adult learner will undertake an Independent Study that is ongoing during the Practicum Phase of the Infant and Toddler 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 research presentation to colleagues and MMI faculty concludes the Observation & Research Methods in Montessori Education Course begun during the Academic Phase.
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