MONTGOMERY MONTESSORI INSTITUTE

Early Childhood

Infant / Toddler

The knowledge. The experience.
Montgomery Montessori Institute (MMI) was founded in 1993 for individuals interested in becoming certified, Early Childhood, or Infant/ Toddler Montessori educators.

 

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PROGRAM DETAILS

Montgomery Montessori Institute's two-phased program consists of Academic and Practicum Phases:

The Academic Phase consists of a concentrated summer session held on the campus of The Franklin Schools, in Rockville, Maryland. During the Academic Phase adult learners are taught through  lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and observations in active classrooms. The curriculum gives candidates extensive background knowledge in all areas necessary to successfully manage an early childhood, infant, or toddler classroom. Course work during the Academic Phase covers the areas of Montessori philosophy, child development, observation and research techniques, language, math, sensorial activities, practical life, social studies/geography, physical and life science, art, music, movement, and classroom management and administration.

The Practicum Phase of the program is entered once the Academic Phase is completed. During this 612 hour phase, adult learners work under the direction of a qualified AMS (American Montessori Society) or AMI (American Montessori Internationale) certified teacher at an approved internship site for a minimum of 540 hours. The additional Practicum hours consist of seminars held at MMI and research-based independent study. Throughout the Practicum Phase, a Practicum  Supervisor, working in conjunction with MMI,  serves as an advisor, classroom observer, and liaison between the adult learners and the Supervising Teacher. Candidates who currently hold a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree and have completed at least one year of teaching and/or assisting in a Montessori early childhood classroom, may apply to the Course Director to participate in a self-directed internship. Practicum sites are available locally and throughout the nation.

 
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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS AND COURSEWORK

Montgomery Montessori Institute's two-phased program consists of Academic and Practicum Phases for the Infant & Toddler and Early Childhood courses.

When Montgomery Montessori Institute first found their passion for academics at an early age, few would have guessed the accolade and widespread success their scholarly work would achieve. Their research and exceptional insight has not only uncovered many new findings, but has also greatly impacted how professional academics teach about the field.

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD MONTESSORI TEACHER EDUCATION COURSE

The Academic Phase, totaling 312 hours, consists of a concentrated eight week summer session. During the Academic Phase students learn through a combination of lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and observation of active classroom experiences. The curriculum at Montgomery Montessori Institute gives the student extensive background knowledge in all the areas necessary to successfully manage an early childhood classroom. Course work during the Academic Phase covers the areas of Montessori philosophy, child development, observation and research techniques, language, math, sensorial activities, practical life, social studies/geography, physical and life science, art, music, movement, and classroom management and administration.  
Adult learners enter the Practicum Phase of the course once they have satisfactorily completed the Academic Phase. During this 612 hour phase adult learners work under the direction of a qualified teacher at an approved internship site for a minimum of 540 hours. The additional Practicum hours consist of seminars held at MMI and research-based independent study. Throughout the Practicum Phase a Practicum Supervisor, working in conjunction with MMI, serves as an advisor, classroom observer, and liaison between the student and the Supervising Teacher. Each student teacher is visited a minimum of three times throughout the Practicum Phase by the Practicum Supervisor. Students currently holding a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree and who have completed at least one year of teaching and/or assisting in a Montessori early childhood classroom, may apply to the Course Director to participate in a self directed internship. A minimum of three Practicum Site visits plus additional documented support is required of adult learners participating in self-directed internships. Practicum sites are available locally.

INFANT AND TODDLER MONTESSORI TEACHER EDUCATION COURSE

The Academic Phase, totaling 230 clock hours, consists of a concentrated five-week Summer Session plus seminars, held on one Saturday each month through June. During the Academic Phase adult learners learn through a combination of lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and observation of active classroom experiences. The curriculum at Montgomery Montessori Institute gives the adult learner extensive background knowledge in all the areas necessary to successfully manage in a variety of infant and toddler settings. Course work during the Academic Phase covers the areas of Montessori philosophy and pedagogy; child development; observation and research technique; the child, family and community; environmental design and curriculum; program leadership and administration; and professional growth and development. 

Students enter the Practicum Phase of the course once they have satisfactorily completed the Summer Academic Phase. During this phase, students work over a nine-month period under the direction of a qualified teacher or practitioner at an approved internship site for a minimum of 540 clock hours. Additional practicum hours consist of course work, exams, as well as a research-based independent study.


A 24-hour Early Childhood Overview course is required of candidates not holding a Montessori Early Childhood teaching credential; thus increasing the Practicum Phase to a total 794 hours for these applicants. Throughout the Practicum Phase a Practicum Supervisor, working in conjunction with MMI, serves as an advisor, classroom observer, and liaison between the adult learner and the Supervising Teacher. Each adult learner is visited a minimum of three times throughout the Practicum Phase by the Practicum Supervisor.


Students currently holding a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree and who have completed at least one year of teaching and/or assisting in a Montessori early childhood or infant and toddler classroom, may apply to the Course Director to participate in a self directed internship. A minimum of three Practicum Site visits plus additional documented support is required for candidates participating in self-directed internships. Practicum sites are available locally.

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OVERVIEW OF COURSES

Montgomery Montessori Institute's two-phased program consists of Academic and Practicum Phases for

the Early Childhood and the Infant & Toddler courses.

 

Summer
7 weeks

EARLY CHILDHOOD

Early Childhood Montessori Teacher Education Course
The Academic Phase, totaling 312 hours, consists of a concentrated eight week summer session. During the Academic Phase adult learners learn through a combination of lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and observation of active classroom experiences. The curriculum at Montgomery Montessori Institute gives the adult learners extensive background knowledge in all the areas necessary to successfully manage an early childhood classroom. Course work during the Academic Phase covers the areas of Montessori philosophy, child development, observation and research techniques, language, math, sensorial activities, practical life, social studies/geography, physical and life science, art, music, movement, and classroom management and administration.  
Adult learners enter the Practicum Phase of the course once they have satisfactorily completed the Academic Phase. During this 612 hour phase students work under the direction of a qualified teacher at an approved internship site for a minimum of 540 hours. The additional Practicum hours consist of seminars held at MMI and research-based independent study. Throughout the Practicum Phase a Practicum Supervisor, working in conjunction with MMI, serves as an advisor, classroom observer, and liaison between the student and the Supervising Teacher. Each adult learner is visited a minimum of three times throughout the Practicum Phase by the Practicum Supervisor. Adult learners currently holding a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree and who have completed at least one year of teaching and/or assisting in a Montessori early childhood classroom, may apply to the Course Director to participate in a self directed internship. A minimum of three Practicum Site visits plus documented additional support is required for candidates participating in self-directed internships. Practicum sites are available locally.

Summer
5 weeks

INFANT / TODDLER

Infant and Toddler Montessori Teacher Education Course
The Academic Phase, totaling 230 clock hours, consists of a concentrated five-week Summer Session plus seminars, one Saturday each month through June. Course work during the Academic Phase follow AMS and MACTE requirements for certification. Courses include Montessori philosophy; infant and toddler pedagogy; child development, prenatal trough early childhood; observation and research technique; the child, family and community; environmental design and curriculum; program leadership and administration; and professional growth and development. Additional topics, such as Inclusion, Special needs, and Outdoor environments add a necessary component to today's classroom. 
Course work, exams, and seminars held at MMI, as well as a research-based independent study. A 24-hour Overview course is required of candidates not holding a Montessori Early Childhood teaching credential. 
Adulte Learners are encouraged to join a Facebook or Google group to help and support each other during their studies.

Through the Academic Year

PRACTICUM SITE OVERVIEW

540+ Practicum Hours
All Practicum Sites and Supervising Teachers must meet the standards of the American Montessori Society and be pre-approved by the Course Director. MMI will assist in locating a practicum site for each adult learner. Practicum sites outside the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area may be faciitated by a local mentor teacher plus an approved Practicum Supervisor affiliated with a MACTE-accredited teacher education course. Practicum sites more than a 1 1/2 hour drive from either a local or out of area Montessori institute must be approved by the Program Director. The cost of out of the area site visits will be arranged between the MMI adult learner and the Program Director prior to the beginning of the Practicum Phase. 
During the Practicum Phase adult learners have their choice of either serving in a volunteer capacity or being compensated by the practicum site. Adult learners gain experience in preparing learning environments, developing observation and research skills, presenting lessons, planning strategies for classroom management, keeping records, and participating in events designed to improve parent and staff development. Adult learners are also required to attend scheduled MMI Saturday seminars throughout the Practicum Phase. Some of the written and oral/practical exams are held during the Practicum Phase.

One Saturday per month during the academic school year

SEMINARS

Seminars are held one Saturday per month during the academic year.  These seminar are designed and place specifically to coincide with what may be going on in your practicum classroom. For example, October's seminar may consist of techniques and format of Parent - Teacher conferences, which typically occur in November in most schools. During the seminars is also when you will find support for your Research project. Your instructor will walk you through researching a topic of interest and professionally prepare it ready for submission to an AMS conference, should you wish.

GET IN TOUCH

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Pamela W. Trumble, Program Director
Course Director
Early Childhood Education


Aline P. Feledy, Course Director
Infant & Toddler Education

10500 Darnestown Rd, Rockville, MD 20850, USA

(301) 279-2799

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