BA (Hons) in Montessori Early Childhood Practice



Our BA (Hons) course was developed to provide a degree level qualification for the Montessori community with scope to develop as graduate leaders and Early Years Teachers. Students who complete the course successfully will receive a BA (Hons) Degree in Montessori Early Childhood Practice validated by London Metropolitan University. 

The BA (Hons) Degree is offered full time over three years to new entrants. Full time students attend MCI 3 days per week and are in Professional Placement in a Montessori approved setting 2 days per week.

Applicants who have previously studied with us at MCI and have a Level 4 Diploma are eligible to gain direct entry to Year 2 (Level 5). Direct entry study can be full-time over 2 years or part time over 4 years. 

Students are able to choose how much of the course to study online and how much in-person at MCI London. We have developed our blended learning approach using our innovative Virtual Learning Environment to support an international community of over 400 learners.


In Brief

  • Study full time over 3 years – 3 days at MCI London College
  • Blended Learning approach combining online and classroom learning
  • Professional placement in an approved Montessori setting 
  • Meets Early Years Educator criteria
  • Eligible students can apply for a range of support from Student Finance England
  • Option to progress on to Masters or PGCE
  • Direct Entry to Level 5 (Year 2) for MCI Diploma Graduates 
  • Validated by London Metropolitan University

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Why choose the BA (Hons) Degree?

  • Build your career in Montessori Early Childhood Practice
  • Link theory to practice on Professional Placement
  • Combine the international reputation of MCI with the best of contemporary Early Childhood studies

     

 


Course Overview

The BA Hons Degree in Montessori Early Childhood Practice, validated by London Metropolitan University, has been developed to meet the demand in the work place 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 degree level qualification for the Montessori community.

The focus and context for the study of early childhood is the distinct philosophy and pedagogy of Montessori practice, with the aim to develop reflective practitioners who are forward thinking, responsive and ready to engage in contemporary early years discourse.

The BA (Hons) Degree is offered full time over three years to new entrants. Full time students attend MCI 3 days per week and are in Professional Placement in a Montessori approved setting 2 days per week.

Applicants who have previously studied with us at MCI and have a Level 4 Diploma are eligible to gain direct entry to Year 2 (Level 5). Direct entry study can be full-time over 2 years or part time over 4 years. 

Students are able to choose how much of the course to study online and how much in-person at MCI London. We have developed our blended learning approach using our innovative Virtual Learning Environment to support an international community of over 400 learners.

Course Structure

The focus of the BA Hons degree is the interplay between theory and practice. Knowledge, understanding and skills are integrated by learning in a work context, leading to the development of professional as well as academic skills and competence.

The course offers a holistic approach to the study of Early Childhood, incorporating multiple perspectives and a multi-disciplinary approach drawing on a range of disciplines such as psychology, sociology, education and health. Child development and observation are studied progressively throughout the programme with an emphasis on play as an integrating mechanism in young children s development. Within the core construction of professionalism, perspectives such as children’s rights, health and wellbeing, child protection, diversity and inclusion will be considered and applied.

Employability and work-based learning is a key aspect of the course. You will learn how to use the Montessori teaching materials and will study child development, observation and contemporary early childhood practice. You will learn how theory and practice work together while on professional placement.

At Level 5 you will be able to extend your understanding of Montessori philosophy and practice through critical analysis and further work based learning.

At Level 6 you will study research methods and carry out a research project of your choice. You will study a specialist module on working with the Under 3’s and will learn leadership skills on a module developed in consultancy with Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness.

Modules of Study

Level 4 (Year 1) modules: Montessori Early Childhood Curriculum 1 & 2 (which includes Montessori Philosophy and the Montessori areas of learning); Perspectives on Children’s Development & Well-being; Professional Studies & Practitioner Placement 1.

Level 5 (Year 2 modules):  Approaches to Pedagogy & Curriculum in Early Childhood, Supporting Diversity in Early Childhood, Creative Thinking & Representation, Personal Social & Emotional Development, Professional Studies & Practitioner Placement 2.

Level 6 (Year 3 modules): Debating Montessori Provision for Birth to Threes; Leading Montessori Practice; Reading Research and Research Methods in Early Childhood; Montessori Early Childhood Practice Project.

How long is the course?

New Entry

New entrants attend MCI 3 days per week, with 2 days in an approved Montessori setting, for 3 years full time.   

Your final timetable and student handbook will be sent to you two weeks before you start the course. 

 

Direct Entry – to Level 5 (Year 2) – MCI Diploma Graduates Only

Do you have the MCI International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy or the MCI Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy – Birth to Seven (Early Years Educator)? 

Level 5 modules: Approaches to Pedagogy & Curriculum in Early Childhood (30 credits), Supporting Diversity in Early Childhood (30 credits), Creative Thinking & Representation (15 credits), Personal Social & Emotional Development (15 credits), Professional Studies & Practitioner Placement 2 (30 credits).

Level 6 (Year 3 modules): Debating Montessori Provision for Birth to Threes; Leading Montessori Practice; Reading Research and Research Methods in Early Childhood; Montessori Early Childhood Practice Project.

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Whether you study mainly at MCI or mainly online, each semester starts with a four-day intensive workshop at MCI London. These workshops run Saturday – Tuesday, designed to support working practitioners.

At Level 5, at the start of Semester 1, you will join the induction workshop that runs over 4 days Saturday 7th – Tuesday 10th September 2019.

At the start of Semester 2, you will attend the engagement workshop that runs over 4 days Saturday 4th Jan – Tuesday 7th Jan 2020.

These workshops are compulsory and central to the course.

Where will I study?

MCI London

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MCI is located in St John’s Wood, London NW8. We are close to St John’s Wood tube station with the Abbey Road recording studios made famous by the Beatles, just down the road.  

Our teaching spaces are set out with the full range of Montessori materials.  

We have a specialist Montessori & Early Years library and you also have access to the Learning Centre at LondonMet on Holloway Road and have access to a wide range of eBooks and eJournals.  

Students have their own common room and can make use of our outside space.

 

Student Union

Students are welcome to join the student union at London Metropolitan University.

At MCI student reps help enhance our provision through student committees.  

Students communicate with each other on MCI Meeting Point to discuss college wide issues.

Accommodation

MCI does not own or manage any Halls of Residence or offer student accommodation. Students can view information provided by the London Metropolitan Accommodation Bureau on privately owned Halls which they can apply to directly. To view the Accommodation Bureau information, click here.

How will I be supported during my studies?

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Brilliant teaching, well organised and structured, delivered at a pace I could follow, support offered when I needed clarification or got stuck on something.
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The team at MCI is committed to creating a supportive learning environment for our students. All students are allocated a Group Tutor as their first point of contact throughout your studies. We have a full-time coordinator for students with specific learning differences and a full-time Professional Placement Coordinator to support students with placements. On Professional Placement you will be also have the support of a Placement mentor and Placement tutor.

  • All our tutors are passionate about Montessori and teaching and learning

  • All our tutors have MCI Diplomas and are experienced Montessori practitioners

  • All our tutors have completed the specialist MCI Trainers Workshop and hold relevant assessor qualifications including qualifications in teaching and learning in Higher Education

  • All our tutors have Degrees and most also have postgraduate qualifications

  • Each tutor has a subject specialism

  • All our tutors are committed to ongoing training and professional development

  • Many of our tutors give guest lectures and have contributed articles on Montessori education

 

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“I am an online student on the direct entry after finishing the Diploma EYE. I am thoroughly enjoying the course, and see it as great value for teachers, children and the Montessori community.”  – Leanne.

 

 

Where could this course take me?

Career Opportunities

MCI graduates have the knowledge and skills needed by the Montessori community; employability and work-based learning are key aspects of the training. MCI is part of the Montessori Group, which incorporates the the Montessori St Nicholas Charity, Montessori Schools Association and the Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board and has strong links with future employers.

You will gain a full and relevant qualification that meets the current  Early Years Educator requirements. Some students go on to PGCE or Early Years Teacher status or to Masters degrees. 

The level of MCI training has hugely grown and improved to a much higher level.
–  Montessori Manager,
MEAB Conference
We only ever employ Montessori trained practitioners and they’ve all been MCI trained.
–  Montessori Manager
Very thorough training – well equipped for undertakings of their post.
– Montessori Manager,

What are our Students doing?

  • Room Leaders in Montessori settings

  • Managers or Owners of Montessori settings in the UK and abroad

  • Working as Childminders

  • Teaching in Montessori Primary Schools

  • Teaching in State Primary Schools

  • Working in Play Therapy

  • Working as Educational Psychologists

  • Studying towards PGCEs

  • Studying towards Master’s Degrees