CMI IT Course Descriptions

2017-2018 Infant and Toddler Teacher Education Program

Course Descriptions

Early Childhood Overview (24 Hours + 3 hour Observation)

Prerequisite requirement for adult learners who do not already hold an AMS, AMI, or MACTE recognized Early Childhood Montessori credential. A three-hour observation of children in a 2 1⁄2 - 6 Montessori classroom is required. This comprehensive course includes: Montessori philosophy of the 3 through 6+ age range, Montessori rationale and basic methodology for the materials in the curriculum areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language and Culture.

Dates: June 14-16, 2017

Instructor: Charles Terranova

Montessori Philosophy (26 Hours)

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 concept of Montessori Infant and Toddler classrooms as nurturing and developmentally appropriate learning environments based on theory.

Dates: June 19-22, 2017

Instructors: Michelle Battistone, Nancy Rose and Munir Shivji

Pedagogy (21 Hours)

This course is designed to help CMI adult learners thoroughly understand the defining principles of Montessori Infant and Toddler programs. The course introduces strategies to nurture and assist the unfolding of the human personality, explained in terms of its implementation in the following areas: care of physical and psychological needs, daily routines as curriculum, strategies for assisting children, respectful interactions with children, and positive communication. The design of nurturing environments for Infants and Toddlers is addressed with reference to space, aesthetics, furnishings, manipulative materials, age groupings, human interactions, adult-child ratios, and safety. Emphasis is placed on development assessment, awareness of special needs and delays, and the use of observation and record keeping to enhance the understanding of each individual child. The course concludes with a Parent and Infant facilitator training, which provides the content and process for establishing Parent and Infant communities.

Dates: June 22, June 23 and July 6, 2017

Instructors: Darla Ferris Miller, Ed.D., Nancy Rose, M.Ed. and Munir Shivji

Environmental Design I (Infants -10 Hours)

Environmental Design II (Toddlers - 35 Hours)

CMI Adult Learners will study the fundamental characteristics of the prepared Montessori environment. Montessori educators devote great attention to the preparation of the environments that will facilitate the physical, social, emotional, spiritual and cognitive development of Infants and Toddlers. The specific environments are designed to meet the essential needs of the child’s Sensitive Periods for learning (language, movement, order, development of the senses and independence) as outlined by Dr. Montessori. The design of nurturing learning environments for Infants and Toddlers is addressed with reference to space, aesthetics, furnishings, materials, age groupings, human interactions, adult and child rations and safety. Students practice classroom lessons, as they would be presented to children, using the materials in the practice environment.

Dates: June 26-30, 2017

Instructor: Michelle Battistone (Infants) Susan Tracy McDaniel, M.Ed. (Toddlers)

Observation I (10 Hours)

One the most vital tools available to Montessori teachers is observation. This course focuses on the power of observation and understanding the nature of observation. Specifics include why we observe, how we observe and what to observe, which is a critical component of lesson planning and classroom leadership. This course introduces informal and formal observation techniques in natural settings using a range of tools. Conducting formal observations and assessments that will guide development of curriculum, child portfolio development and preparation for teacher-parent conferences, recording strategies, rating systems, and multiple assessment methods are explored. In Observation II (Course 202), students practice observing, recording and interpreting the behavior of infants and toddlers in various settings. A minimum of 20 observation hours during the practicum year of children from birth to age 3 is required (please see course 202: Observation II description).

Dates: July 3-5, 2017 (CMI will be closed on July 4)

Instructor: Charles Terranova

Child Development: Prenatal to 3 Years (45 Hours)

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. This introductory course investigates the major physical, psychosocial, and cognitive/language developmental milestones for children, both typical and atypical, from conception through early childhood. Emphasis is on interactions between maturational processes and environmental factors. While studying developmental theory and investigative research methodologies, students will observe children, evaluate individual differences and analyze characteristics of development at various stages.

Dates: July 7-14, 2017

Instructor: Nicole Coman, Ed.S.

Curriculum and Material Production (15 Hours)

CMI Infant and Toddler adult learners create developmentally appropriate language cards (8 sets of nomenclature objects, objects with cards and nomenclature cards), practical life (20 lessons and presentation write-ups), gluing box, posting box, and 3 movement lessons and activities. Adult learners are also required to make a mobile, and a soft baby rattle for use in the home environments or Infant classroom.

Dates: March 10-11, 2018

Instructor: Munir Shivji

Program Leadership (20 Hours)

CMI Infant and Toddler adult learners are provided with strategies to manage an effective Montessori program. The course covers classroom management techniques, daily schedules for children and staff and concerns of program leadership including human needs and requirements. An overview is given on effective program management including financial, personnel, state and federal rules and regulations.

Dates: October 14-15, 2017

Instructor: Michelle Battistone

Observation II (20 Hours)

Observation is at the core of the Montessori teacher’s work. During 20 hours of observation of children aged birth to three during the practicum year, adult learners take detailed notes about what they see, and interpret these observations through the lens of Montessori theory and practice. Two observations must be at the Infant level (8 hours) and two at the Toddler level (8 hours). The other 4 hours are at the adult learners’ choice. These observations may be through community programs, Montessori programs, clinical settings and in-home settings. Observation documents are provided by CMI.

Dates: October 13, 2017 and March 9, 2018

Instructor: Charles Terranova

Child, Family, and Community (16 Hours)

This course is designed to promote a knowledge and understanding of cultural diversity to improve relationships and communication with families. Topics include parenthood, child rearing, parent involvement and education, parent conferences, health and nutrition and community resources. Lectures will focus on an examination of the developing child in a societal context with an emphasis on interrelationship of family, school, and community as affected by historical and sociocultural factors. The processes of socialization and identity development will be highlighted, showing the importance of respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families. Adult learners will be introduced to local and national laws, regulations, standards, policies and procedures and early childhood curriculum related to child health, safety and nutrition. The key components that ensure physical health, mental health and safety for both children and staff will be identified along with the importance of collaboration with families and health professionals and the integration of these concepts into everyday planning and program development.

Dates: June 18-19, 2018

Instructor: Susan Tracy McDaniel, M.Ed.

Personal Growth and Development (16 Hours)

This course is designed to support the personal growth and professional development of the adult learner. Montessori qualities found in Montessori educators are explored and discussed, as are standards of professionalism and ethical behavior and practice. Topics include: ongoing spiritual growth of the adult, reflective teaching practice, stress management, personal time management, professional and practical goal setting, and professional development. CMI adult learners begin a meaningful path toward their own process of an education for life.

Dates: June 20-21, 2018

Instructor: Susan Tracy McDaniel, M.Ed.

Practicum (540 Hours)

A demonstration of developmentally appropriate Infant and Toddler teaching competencies under guided supervision. Students will utilize practical classroom experiences to make connections between theory and practice, develop professional behaviors, and build a comprehensive understanding of children and families. Child centered, play-oriented approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment; and knowledge of curriculum content areas will be emphasized as student teachers design, implement and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all young children. 

©2017 Cambridge Montessori School. All rights reserved. Site by schoolyard.