“To aid life, leaving it free however to unfold itself, is the basic task of the educator.”Dr. Maria Montessori
The Elementary Montessori teacher education program (6-12 years) allows adult learners to explore the dynamic changes in children during this time of imagination, growth and increased independence. Focusing primarily on the development of children and the philosophy of Dr. Montessori, teachers gain a strong understanding of and appreciation for this age group.
The Institute offers two programs of Montessori teacher education at the elementary level:
- Elementary I & II (ages 6-12)
- Elementary I (ages 6-9)
The Elementary I & II program involves a fifteen-month course of study consisting of two eight-week summer academic sessions with a nine-month elementary Montessori teaching practicum experience. Adult learners return to the Institute for a seven-day mid-year seminar during the practicum year.
Program Clock Hours: 719 contact hours + 1080 practicum hours = 1799 total hours
The Elementary I program involves a thirteen-month course of study beginning with an eight-week summer session followed by a nine-month elementary Montessori teaching practicum experience. Adult learners return to the Institute for a seven-day mid-year seminar during the practicum year and then again for a two-week wrap-up session the following June.
Program Clock Hours: 432.5 contact hours + 1080 practicum hours = 1512.5 total hours
An Elementary adult learner who does not hold an Early Childhood Montessori credential must complete the Institute’s Elementary Preparatory Course offered during the first summer. Upon completion of all requirements, adult learners are recommended to the American Montessori Society for the Elementary Credential.
Class sessions are comprised of lectures and discussions, demonstrations, practice sessions and material making. Adult learners discover the process of learning and how to best facilitate this process in their own classroom environments. The practicum experience allows adult learners to work in a Montessori classroom under the guidance and supervision of an experienced Montessori teacher from a MACTE accredited teacher education program from September through June.