Our Programs

Infant and Toddler: Birth-3 Years

The Infant and Toddler Montessori teacher education program (birth – 3 years) allows teachers to explore the wonders of childhood from the beginning. 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.

This thirteen-month program is comprised of a five-week summer academic session followed by a nine month Montessori teaching practicum experience, a four day mid-year session during the practicum year, and a one week wrap up session the following June. An Infant and Toddler adult learner who does not hold an Early Childhood Montessori credential must complete the Institute’s Early Childhood Overview Course offered during the practicum year. Upon completion of all requirements, adult learners are recommended to the American Montessori Society for the Infant and Toddler Credential.

Program Clock Hours
292.5 contact hours + 540 practicum hours
= 832.5 total hours

Class sessions entail lectures and discussions, material demonstrations and practice sessions. Adult learners have the opportunity to work in collaboration with one another towards the completion of projects and group research. The practicum experience allows adult learners to work in a Montessori classroom under the day-to-day guidance and supervision of an experienced Montessori teacher from a MACTE accredited teacher education program from September through June. Institute adult learners benefit from small class sizes, experienced and attentive instructors, and visits from field consultants during their internship, all who bring their passion and commitment to teaching excellence on all levels

A Deep Grounding in Montessori Philosophy

  • Maria Montessori, the person
  • The hidden nature of the child
  • Self-construction and independent discovery
  • Spontaneous activity in education
  • Education for peace and membership in human family
  • The role of the Montessori teacher

Child Development

  • Developmental stages of childhood
  • Prenatal development and childbirth
  • Aspects of development – social, emotional, cognitive, physical

Environmental Design

  • The prepared environment
  • Creative environmental design
  • Building a peaceful community
  • Safety and legislation

Child, Family and Community

  • Psychology of parenthood
  • Home-school connection
  • Parent education and involvement
  • Health and nutrition

Observation

  • The role of observation
  • Practical techniques for observing children
  • How to recognize and support sensitive periods in child development

Personal Growth and Development

  • Professionalism
  • Introspection

Music and Movement

  • Singing
  • Movement activities
  • Gross motor and balance activities
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