Curriculum

What does Montessori teacher training cover?

Early Childhood Training Curriculum

Designed to be completed in 12 months, the course of study is a blended program, with one electronic week and 6 weeks of face-to-face instruction during the summer. Distance education meetings or face-to-face practice sessions will be held three times per month during the year. Approximately one week the following summer will include academic instruction, prep, and exams.  A 540-hour Montessori internship at an approved Montessori school is required.

2022 Cycle in Minnesota

Practical Life

Language

Math

Cultural

Sensorial

Montessori Leadership

Art & Peace Education

Music and Movement

Seminars and Projects

plus, the most advanced and extensive Foundations and Theory lectures available

Elementary 1 Training Curriculum

Designed as a 2-year blended program, with one electronic week and 5 weeks of face-to-face instruction during the summer in the first year and 9 weeks of instructions in the second year. A 1080-hour Montessori internship (one year, full-day) at an approved Montessori school is required in year two.

2022 Cycle in Minnesota

Social Studies

Science

Language

Great Lessons

Geometry

Arithmetic

Montessori Leadership

Seminars and Projects

Arts Infusion

plus, the most advanced and extensive Foundations and Theory lectures available

Descriptions


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Early Childhood Training Curriculum

 

Practical Life

37.5 clock hours

The theory of Practical Life as the foundation for all other curriculum areas is emphasized. The course presents the curriculum (Preliminary Exercises, Control of Movement, Care of the Environment, Care of the Self, Grace and Courtesy, and Food Preparation)  through which the child becomes aware of his place in the environment, the implications of physical order leading to mental organization, respecting others and caring for himself/herself and the environment.  Grace and courtesy, the development of motor skills, control of movement and the acquisition of concentration skills, self-confidence and independence are explored through purposeful activity.

 

Foundations and Theory

87.5 clock hours

This course provides the historical and philosophical foundations for understanding Montessori's view of human life and development: physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual. The course will focus on the philosophical and educational theories that provide the basis of the Montessori method. The course will include the history of the method and how the philosophy evolved. Basic principles to be explored also include cosmic education, curriculum theory, Montessori classroom management, child development, the prepared environment and the preparation of the teacher. This is a blended course combining online instruction with face-to-face classroom instruction.

 

Language

37.5 clock hours

Receptive and expressive language development theory includes visual and auditory discrimination, vocabulary enrichment, oral language experiences, writing and reading. Interpretive reading skills, grammar studies, penmanship, creative writing, research and multi-cultural studies are included. Language touches every area of the curriculum as well as the social life of the class. The student is made aware of the child’s sensitivity to language and the importance of creating an environment which enriches and encourages language development and listening skills.

 

Math

37.5 clock hours

This course provides a detailed and thorough presentation of the math materials including a discussion of how the mathematical mind develops. Arithmetic, fractions, geometry, algebra are presented as “materialized abstractions”, sensory-based concrete activities that lead the child to abstraction. Beginning counting, the decimal system, linear and skip counting, memorization of facts as well as an introduction to the transition materials for elementary. Supplemental math concepts, including fractions, measurement, money and time, are presented.

 

Cultural

30 clock hours

This course presents the study of geography and science for the child age 3-6. The foundation is laid for an understanding of world geography and different cultures through work with water and land forms, puzzle maps, flags and geography folders. The student will learn the fundamentals of zoology, botany, and physical science both in the classroom and outdoors. Observation of scientific phenomena through simple experiments using the child’s intrinsic interest will be presented. A study of time using calendars, the clock, and personal time lines enhances the child’s awareness of the passing of time.

 

Sensorial

37.5 clock hours

Sensorial theory and rationale act as the base for intellectual education. The student will understand Montessori’s approach to differentiated instruction through the developmental refinement of the senses through use of Montessori Sensorial material. Montessori believed visual, muscular/tactile, olfactory, gustatory and auditory exploration through the use of concrete materials and experiences enable children to explore the world via the absorbent mind. Students will learn to identify how to translate a child’s sensitivity for learning into practical application thorough use of the Montessori materials. Students will understand that a multi-sensory approach to education will benefit all types of learning styles. Students will learn how to design and implement multi-sensory curriculum into their classroom environment. Classification and organization of these experiences will allow the child to internalize concepts resulting in the development of the mathematical mind.

 

Montessori Leadership

7.5 clock hours

This intensive course will focus on five areas of management in the Montessori classroom. These areas are Managing the Environment, Managing the Work, Managing Planning and Records, Managing Time, and Managing Behavior. As a part of Managing Planning and Records, particular emphasis will be placed on developing Montessori curriculum and Montessori oriented lesson plans, lesson giving schedules, follow-up records, and student notebooks.

 

Art and Peace Education

22.5 clock hours

Art is presented as exploration of media and a means to self-expression with an emphasis on variety. The process of an art activity rather than the product is emphasized. A cultural and historical component is included. Peace, as an essential element of a Montessori classroom, is taught through role-playing, art, meditation and various other activities and routines.

 

Music and Movement

22.5 clock hours

The study of early childhood music and movement is presented as developmental process of absorption, exploration, and self-expression, with an emphasis on various present and historical cultures. Physical Education is presented as Movement, which may include the development of the body through exploration, cooperative play, rhythms and dance.

 

Early Childhood Seminars and Projects

42.5 clock hours

Attendance is required at a supervised weekly practicum seminar with materials, including spontaneous problem solving and support sessions bi-weekly throughout the school year. Practicum seminar will include utilizing Montessori materials and problem solving sessions. One session will be face-to-face, the other session will be held on Zoom. Out of town students must connect on Zoom for all sessions.


Elementary Training Curriculum

 

Elementary Social Studies

45 clock hours

Social studies includes exposure to geography and history from the Montessori perspective. Topics introduced include: concepts of time, the fundamental needs of humans, human history and evolution, and physical and cultural geography with accompanying vocabulary. Introductory work is also presented in the areas of paleontology, archeology, geology and other earth and physical sciences. An emphasis is placed on the holistic approach in all areas.

 

Elementary Science

37.5 clock hours

This course provides thorough coverage of the Montessori biology curriculum including a division into botany and zoology, and the methods and materials for teaching. Emphasis is on curriculum development, materials, methodology and understanding of biology. This course provides an in depth look at physical science concepts as related to the Earth and its phenomena.

 

Elementary Language

37.5 clock hours

This course explores the Montessori curriculum, materials and methodology for language arts and reading. The course includes an analysis of language as spoken and written communication. Reading, writing, grammar, and speaking skills are taught in a developmental sequence.

 

Elementary Great Lessons

15 clock hours

The Five Great Lessons are thoroughly studied, with particular emphasis on their holistic role and on storytelling technique. The students will learn how to prepare the needed experiments, how to use the necessary charts, and to deliver the key stories. Importance is placed on curricular function of the great lessons.

 

Elementary Geometry

45 clock hours

Presenting the basic skills and nomenclature of geometry, using the Montessori materials. Includes, a sensorial introduction to shape, a thorough study of geometric shapes, especially plane and other topics accompanied by theory and rationale. Emphasis is on curriculum development, materials, methodology and the development of geometrical literacy.

 

Elementary Arithmetic

52.5 clock hours

An introduction to the lower elementary Montessori arithmetic curriculum. This course presents the basic topics and skills of arithmetic using developmental materials for ages six through nine. The emphasis is on process including: concept of number and quantitative relationships; the numbers 1-10 through the decimal system, the four fundamental operations; the laws of arithmetic from, and memorization of basic facts. Includes supervised practice lab with materials.

 

Elementary Classroom Management and Leadership

15 clock hours

This intensive course will focus on five areas of management in the Montessori elementary classroom. These areas are Managing the Environment, Managing the Work, Managing Planning and Records, Managing Time, and Managing Behavior. As a part of Managing Planning and Records, particular emphasis will be placed on developing Montessori curriculum and Montessori oriented lesson plans, lesson giving schedules, follow-up records, and student notebooks.

 

Elementary Seminars and Projects

90 clock hours

Attendance is required at supervised practice lab with materials including spontaneous problem solving and support sessions throughout the school year. Individualized work on preparing assigned Montessori materials in all areas assigned. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Montessori teacher education program and completion of all summer courses.

 

Foundations and Theory

87.5 clock hours

This course provides the historical and philosophical foundations for understanding Montessori's view of human life and development: physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual. The course will focus on the
philosophical and educational theories that provide the basis of the Montessori method. The course will include the history of the method and how the philosophy evolved. Basic principles to be explored also include cosmic education, curriculum theory, Montessori classroom management, child development, the prepared environment and the preparation of the teacher. This is a blended course combining online instruction with face-to-face classroom instruction.

 

Elementary Arts Infusion

60 clock hours

 


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