Working With Practitioners and Others

“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” – Kahlil Gibran

MSN supports MCI in offering a range of training opportunities. See below the training opportunities available to study at the college or online through MCI’s innovative Virtual Learning Environment.

Introducing the Montessori Approach (IMA)  launched in October 2014 and is offered via online learning. It is designed to give newcomers an insight and understanding of the Montessori approach without studying for a formal qualification. There are eight units of study, including Montessori philosophy and the Montessori curriculum areas with one assessed assignment and a series of reflections to be completed at the end of each unit. Students can enrol onto this course on a monthly basis. The course is ideal for anyone interested in learning more about Montessori including parents. The course can be completed in six to eight months with an option to attend a practical workshop.

Integrating Montessori Practice (IMP)  launched in October 2014 and is designed as continuing professional development for early years practitioners with a qualification at Level 3 or above and who already have a licence to practice in the Early Years. It is available via online learning and is also available via part-time study at MCI. The course covers the same content as the IMA, with the addition of four assignments to complete and a practical workshop to allow students to gain hands-on experience of the Montessori materials.

Foundation Degree in Montessori Early Childhood Practice is delivered at MCI and validated by London Metropolitan University. The focus of the Foundation Degree is the interplay between theory and practice. Knowledge, understanding and skills are integrated by learning a in work context, leading to the development of professional as well as academic skills and competence. The Foundation Degree is offered full-time over two years to new entrants and direct entry to Level 5 (year 2) for MCI diploma graduates. Full time students attend MCI two or three days per week and are in professional placement in a Montessori setting two days per week. The Foundation Degree provides a platform for students wishing to progress on academic routes to a full BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with scope to develop as graduate leaders and Early Years Teachers.

Certificate of Higher Education is developed as a standalone full-time qualification from the well established Foundation Degree in Montessori Early Childhood Practice and is validated by London Metropolitan University. This course was developed in 2014 to meet the demand in the workplace for well qualified Montessori Early childhood specialists who can demonstrate high levels of professional competence and apply knowledge and skills effectively in practice. it provides a fast track to a full and relevant Level 4.  You will study with, and follow the same modules as the full-time students on the first year of the Foundation Degree and will also have the option to continue on to the second year (Level 5) if you choose. The course must be completed in one year.

Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy Birth to Seven (Early Years Educator) Levels 3 & 4 is a nationally recognised qualification and is offered as blended learning (online and face to face tuition) and via distance learning (online only). The course combines 13 units of study with 400 hours of practical experience with children on professional placement. The course must be completed within two years.