The course combines 13 units of study with 400 hours of practical experience with children on Professional Placement.
01 – Montessori Philosophy:
This unit introduces key principles and practice of the Montessori approach including the historical context. You learn how Montessori s theories are applied in the Montessori classroom by exploring stages of development, the favourable environment and the role of the Montessori teacher.
02 – Study Skills:
This unit will offer you practical ways to help you develop effective study skills. That includes how to source, organise, reference and present information as well as how to engage with self-reflective practice. This unit aims to raise awareness of your own attitude, habits and challenges in learning, so that you can be organised and realistic in planning your own study.
03 – Activities of Everyday Living:
This unit explores the role of the Montessori practitioner in working with children in activities of everyday living. You will explore the aims and objectives of this area of learning and learn how this relates to children s learning and development. This unit will introduce you to a range of practical activities and learn how these activities may be presented in the classroom. Distance Learning students will learn these skills during the apparatus workshop.
04 – Principles of Child Development and Observation:
This unit explores the holistic nature of child development: physical, cognitive, social and emotional, language and communication development. You will look at stages of development alongside key theoretical frameworks. The unit explores the core Montessori philosophy of following the child through observation, developing your ability to tune in sensitively to the unique potential of every child. You will learn how to apply theory through the observation of children.
05 – Education of the Senses:
This unit explores the Montessori approach to education through the senses as a foundation for learning and development. This will be linked to Montessori philosophy, including the principles of the sensitive periods and the absorbent mind. This unit will introduce you to a range of practical activities and you will learn how these activities may be presented in the classroom. Distance Learning students will learn these skills during the apparatus workshop.
06 – Contemporary Early Childhood Practice:
This unit explores the relationship of the Montessori Early Years Approach with current curriculum and statutory requirements of Early Years Education. This includes the roles and relationships that support children in and out of the classroom and the promotion of inclusive practice to support the needs of the individual child including children who require additional support. This unit also aims to help you become aware of opportunities to work collaboratively with others in supporting learning.
07 – Promoting Children s Health and Well-being:
This unit considers the health and well-being of young children and explores the role of the Montessori Early Years Educator in supporting health and well-being. This unit will look at a range of issues relating to the health, well-being and safeguarding of young children. It will explore the impact of these issues on early childhood provision and practice and the role of the Montessori practitioner in promoting health and well-being.
08 – Numeracy and Arithmetic:
This unit will introduce you to the Montessori approach of working with numeracy and arithmetic. You will explore the concept of the mathematical mind and be introduced to a range of practical activities that prepare the child for work with the Montessori materials, offering you a syllabus to teach numeracy and arithmetic to young children. Distance Learning students will learn these skills during the apparatus workshop.
09 – Literacy:
This unit offers insights into the Montessori approach to literacy and language skills. This includes specific activities that prepare the child for literacy (reading and writing) and grammar. The unit introduces a range of practical activities and explores how these activities can be presented in the classroom. Distance Learning students will learn these skills during the apparatus workshop.
10 – Knowledge and Understanding of the World:
This unit explores the Montessori approach to developing the child s knowledge and understanding of the world. You will be introduced to the idea of Cosmic Education which encourages enthusiasm, respect and responsibility for children s immediate and wider environment. Developing knowledge and understanding of the world is approached from the starting point of direct, first-hand experiences. The unit introduces a range of practical activities and experiences in this area and explores how these activities can be presented inside and outside the classroom. Distance Learning students will learn these skills during the apparatus workshop.
11 – Creativity in the Montessori Learning Environment:
This unit aims to provide you with insights into the vital role creativity and creative thinking play in children s learning and development and how this is supported in the Montessori approach. This will include consideration of creativity and the expressive arts both as a subject area and also as an approach integrated throughout the curriculum. Stimulating curiosity and providing the freedom for self-expression and discovery support the development of creativity in the Montessori environment. The unit explores how to integrate creativity across the curriculum as well as considering the creative subject areas of expressive arts and design, performing arts and imaginative role-play.
12 – Developing own Montessori Practice in Professional Placement:
This unit is about developing the skills needed to work in a Montessori Early Years setting bringing together your knowledge and understanding of the Montessori philosophy. You will build a placement portfolio where you can record observations, reflections and planning. To meet the standards for Montessori practice you need to integrate a broad range of knowledge, skills and understanding and to demonstrate that you can fully meet the Early Years Educator Qualifications Criteria.
13 – Developing own Montessori Principles in Professional Placement:
This unit focuses on reflective practice, it is about you identifying your own continuing personal and professional development and allows you to set out your engagement with the Montessori vision, purpose and methods and to connect the philosophy, curriculum and practical units.
For a reading list of books to look at before starting the course click here
You will need to buy 3 compulsory books from this booklist before you start. Course Modules and a wide range of additional resources are provided on the virtual learning environment.