Our Programs

Elementary Program: An Overview

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.

A Deep Grounding in Montessori Philosophy

  • Maria Montessori, the person
  • The nature of the elementary child
  • The role of imagination
  • Education to develop the full human potential
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Moral and ethical education
  • The role of the elementary Montessori teacher

Practical Child Psychology

  • The developmental stages of childhood
  • The development of logic and moral reasoning
  • The continuing development of independence and "controls from within"
  • Encourage imagination and creativity

Classroom Management

  • Creative environmental design
  • Build a peaceful community
  • Organizational skills
  • Effective record-keeping
  • Communications with parents

Elementary Practical Life Skills

  • Care of the class environment
  • Planning events and field trips
  • Conflict resolution and problem-solving skills

Language Arts

  • Advanced phonics
  • D'Nealian writing and calligraphy
  • Word study
  • Grammar and sentence analysis
  • Elementary writing skills from creative writing to research
  • "Writer's Workshop"


  • Develop the "mathematical mind"
  • The role of the concrete materials
  • Memorization made easy
  • The passage to abstraction
  • Hands-on, real-life math applications
  • Fractions
  • Elementary geometry
  • Mortensen math: basic operations, fractions and pre-algebra

Earth Science and Physical Geography

  • The creation of the Universe
  • Formation of the solar system
  • In-depth study of planet Earth
  • Tectonic plates and continental drift
  • Forces that shape the face of Earth today
  • Advanced land and water formations
  • Mapping skills


  • Develop a sense of the Earth's geology and biological prehistory through time-line studies
  • The evolution of our human ancestors
  • Bring prehistory alive through concrete experiences

Cultural Geography

  • Studies of nations and regions of the world
  • The needs of human societies emphasizing our community
  • Build a global perspective through international studies

The Study of Life: Botany and Zoology

  • The evolution of life on Earth
  • Biomes of the world
  • Classification of plant and animal kingdoms
  • The microscope in the elementary classroom
  • Hands-on experimental science
  • Classroom pets and plants
  • Outdoor education
  • Health and nutrition education

Physical Science: Chemistry and Physics

  • The nature of atoms
  • Study of the elements
  • Simple lab techniques
  • Study of natural phenomena
  • Simple machines
  • Children's science experiments


  • Explore the theory, practice, and maintenance of a classroom-based art program
  • Develop the skills in two- and three-dimensional art media
  • Support the cultural curriculum with art


  • Rhythm patterns and music notation
  • Music history and appreciation
  • Musical performances


  • Cooperative children's games
  • Basic sport skills
  • Encourage cardiovascular exercise

Curriculum Design

  • Plan lessons and activities to engage the elementary child
  • Integrate your curriculum
  • Material-making and curriculum development
  • Long-term planning