Introducing the Montessori Approach

Montessori Centre International has developed this innovative course in response to increasing public interest in Montessori education. Discover the Montessori philosophy and explore the Montessori areas of learning. Study flexibly at your own pace with support from a dedicated tutor from MCI.

This course was developed for anyone interested in learning more about the Montessori approach to education for interest or career development. If you are a parent, Early Years Practitioner, nursery manager, Early Years Lecturer or primary school teacher this might be the right course for you.

In Brief

  • Flexible online study using our innovative Virtual Learning Environment
  • Complete within 8 months
  • Certificate awarded by MCI
  • Option to progress on to other MCI training courses
  • Flexible starting points:
    – Monthly, throughout the year
  • No interview
  • No application

Why choose the IMA?

  • Learn more about Montessori education

  • Study flexibly in your own time

  • Join the vibrant online discussion forum led by a leading Montessori specialist

The course has been extremely helpful. It had redirected my thinking and aligned Montessoris views and theories with current EYFS principles. I have enjoyed reflecting on how far her ideas have been incorporated into current child development theories. The online site is easy to navigate and provides a wealth of information. Knowing that I have limited time for study the IMA has proven to be an excellent CPD activity for me.


What will I study?

Course Content

The course includes 6 units of online study.

01 – Montessori Philosophy:

This unit introduces key principles and practice of the Montessori approach including the historical context. You will 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 – 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.

03 – 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.

04 – 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 mindand be introduced to a range of practical activities that prepare the child for work with the Montessori materials.

05 – 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.

06 – 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 form the starting point of direct, first-hand experiences. The unit introduces a range of practical activities and experiences in this area.

How will I study?

All student access course materials online through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) on Moodle.


I have done a lot of work on VLE before, but have found the quality of this course excellent. It has a range
of different ways of accessing a topic or theme
. I think this is absolutely brilliant.
– Marzia


The international nature of Montessori education is reflected in our diverse student body studying worldwide with MCI.

MCI is now able to offer all its students an integrated programme of study using our innovative Virtual Learning Environment which enables learners to communicate, reflect and collaborate, establishing a vibrant international community of Montessori learners.

Find out more by visiting our blog or contact to ask for a guest pass to try it for yourself.

How will I be assessed?

There are no formal assessments for this course. For each unit of study you will be encouraged to reflect on your impressions on the online forum hosted by a Montessori specialist.

If you complete these reflections you will be awarded a Montessori Centre International Certificate.

How long is the course?

The course will take as long as it takes for you to work through it and post your reflections. Depending on how much time you have available to commit, the course can be spread over time or completed more intensively. The whole course should be completed within 8 months.

How will I be supported during my studies?


You will be allocated a dedicated tutor who will respond to your forum posts and reflections on a weekly basis.

You will also have the peer support of other students doing the course, some of whom will be further down the line and can share their thoughts and experiences.

All students also have the support of our online learning support officer and a blog with lots of helpful information to guide you through your online studies. To check out the student support blog, click here.

Where could this course take me?

Career Opportunities

You may wish to go on to follow one of our other courses, for example the Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy – Birth to Seven (Early Years Educator), our Foundation Degree in Montessori Early Childhood Practice, our Childminder’s Training or our Parenting course.

~ Please note that Introducing the Montessori Approach is not an Ofqual registered qualification and will not confer licence to practice
in its own right.
Those seeking a Montessori qualification should consider the Diploma EYE, the CertHE or the FdA ~