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CMI IT Course Descriptions
101 Montessori Philosophy
Montessori Philosophy is the cornerstone of everything teachers do in supporting the children. Adult Learners will deeply explore Dr. Montessori’s fundamental writings and have a clear understanding of what Montessori had as a vision.
102 Montessori Pedagogy
Montessori Pedagogy is the actual practice of Montessori Philosophy. Adult Learners will be able to put into immediate, purposeful practice the Philosophy. There will be an understanding of how it is applied for different age developments.
103 Environmental Design I & II (Infants & Toddlers)
Creating a prepared, supportive environment is one of the keys to success in a Montessori classroom. Through hands-on experience adult learners will learn to create appropriate environments based on observation, development, and philosophy.
104 Observation I
Dr. Montessori believed the number one job of a teacher was to observe. This in-depth discussion, exploration and practice will help adult learners to differentiate between various types of observation, as well as use it to create purposeful environments and have successful support of the children.
105 Child Development: Prenatal to Three Years
Understanding child development is key in interacting with young children. Adult Learners will understand what to expect with young children, what behaviors are appropriate or deviated, and be aware of how children naturally grow and develop.
106 Curriculum and Material Production
The curriculum and materials in the classroom is one piece of the prepared environment. This course will encourage creativity in designing work that is appropriate to each child’s development, as well as support the philosophy. Adult Learners will understand the purpose of each activity both directly and indirectly.
201 Program Leadership
In becoming a teacher you become a leader of children, parents, and teammates. To become a strong leader adult learners will first explore who they are as a person, what strengths they have, what goals they have, and be given tools to become an effective leader.
202 Observation II
Observation is a key to Dr. Montessori’s philosophy. This important skill needs to be practiced and interpreted daily. Often the key to a behavior or concern can be solved by taking time to practice effective observation.
301 Child, Family, and Community
A teacher’s interactions are not just with the child. You become an advocate for the child, teammate with the parents, and positive model in the community. This course will show adult learners how to become a support for families, be aware of cultures represented, discuss communication techniques for adults, and share suggestions for how to be a positive community role model.
302 Personal Growth & Development
Just like the children we are growing and changing and going through various stages of development as a teacher. This course will allow adult learners to explore who they are, reflect on where they have come from, and plan on where they would like to be as teachers.
The practicum year is an important one of learning and support as adult learners practice the techniques which have been provided for them. Through guidance of mentors, teammates and administration each person will have the opportunity to observe, practice, and explore the Montessori Philosophy and how it pertains to their unique environment.