Course Descriptions

  • 1101 Montessori Philosophy and Theory

This course examines the work of Dr. Maria Montessori with a focus on her insights into the nature of the child from birth to three years old. Adult learners will participate in class lectures and group discussions, read Montessori texts and articles, as well as discuss Montessori’s views of the child and the learning process, the fundamental goals of education, understand her planes of development theory, analyze the first plane of development, the absorbent mind, sensitive periods, the spiritual embryo, the role of adults, independence, concentration and the idea of the Montessori 3 to 6 environment as  a place to discover and experience the totality of life.
  • 1102 Child Development and Psychology

This class examines human growth and development from birth to three years within the context of the young child's family, culture and community; examination of developmental theory within the three distinct ages of infancy, integration of physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional domains emphasizing the importance of relationships. While studying developmental theory and investigative research methodologies, adult learners will observe children, evaluate individual differences and analyze characteristics of early development at various stages.
  • 1103 Practical Life Curriculum

Participants will gain a clear understanding of the importance of practical life as a foundational introduction for the child into the 3-6 community. The adult learner will become skilled in creating the practical life activities, presenting them with precision and fostering exploration and repetition that helps children achieve mastery.
  • 1104 Sensorial Curriculum

To prepare adult learners to observe and determine readiness for presentation of the sensorial materials to 3 to 6 year olds and to present them with precision and mindfulness. To present the materials in a precise manner so that they provide the young child with discrimination of matter in our world engaging all the senses.
  • 1105 Language Curriculum

The adult learner will be prepared to work with 3-6 year olds in a Montessori environment, making language, so abstract, concrete. The adult learner will engage the child to work with materials that lead to  competence in receptive and expressive language, vocabulary development and enrichment, reading, writing and the function of words. In addition the child will be conversant in children’s literature and drama.
  • 1106 Mathematics Curriculum

At the conclusion of this course , the adult learner will be able to provide opportunities for the development of the necessary skills for children to abstract basic mathematics principles from the display, presentation and discourse with the Montessori math materials. The adult learner will be able to engage the children as mathematical thinkers in addition to skill at computation.
  • 1107 Observation

Observation is the core of the Montessori teacher’s work. These observations of the children at work are the building blocks for lesson planning, determination of the children’s progress toward normalization and assessing the effectiveness of the adult learners teaching competence.
  • 1108 Classroom Leadership

This course is designed to prepare the Adult Learner to direct, facilitate and participate in the total early childhood Montessori program including parent education and participation and administration. It is based on ongoing skill development in becoming an effective early childhood Montessori teacher.
  • 1201 Physical and Life Science

The adult learner will become skilled in creating the practical life activities, presenting them with precision and encouraging exploration and repetition that helps children achieve mastery. Participants will gain a clear understanding of fostering control and analysis of movement to  normalize the life of the child and further the striving toward independence and productive activity.
  • 1202 Social Studies Curriculum

In this course the Adult Learners will present and facilitate the exploration of earth Sciences, Geography and History to 3 to 6 year olds in Montessori environment.Orienting themselves in time and space in a concrete way helps children to have a context for the other curricular areas presented to them. The Adult Learner will become an effective Montessori teacher in these important areas of child learning.
  • 1300 Art, Music and Movement Curriculum

This course is a laboratory experience on the study of art, music, and movement appropriate for young children through Kindergarten.  Emphasis will be placed on the fundamentals of art, music, and movement as well as the integration of aesthetic and creative experiences into the curriculum.  
  • 1301 Parent Involvement and Education Curriculum

In this course, adult learners discover what parental involvement is and why it matters to the success of students and schools. Participants explore the research linking parental involvement to better educational outcomes. It also encompasses the shared partnership and responsibility between home and school.
  • 1200 Practicum

This consists of a full year of active teaching in a 3 to 6 classroom of an approved supervising teacher. It must consist of at least three hours a day, five days per week, for nine consecutive months. The adult learner must present materials and participate in the various aspects of planning, record keeping, classroom management and parent communication. The practicum can be supervised or self directed. For self directed adult learners, the adult learner is guided by a local mentor teacher and an approved field consultant.

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