Infant and Toddler Program Overview

IAMS I&T

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 + 400 practicum hours = 692.5 total hours

"The child’s development follows a path of successive stages of independence, and our knowledge of this must guide us in our behavior toward him."

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.