The Cert HE in Montessori Early Childhood Practice, validated by London Metropolitan University, was first developed in 2014 to meet the demand in the workplace for well qualified Montessori Early Childhood practitioners. It offers a full and relevant Level 4 qualification for those looking to start a career in Montessori or are looking for a career change, with the benefit of student finance available for eligible students.
For the first time in September 2018 our unique blended learning approach to delivery will be extended to the Cert HE. This means you can choose to study full-time over one year or spread the course over two years part-time. The course is supported by our Virtual Learning Environment, allowing students to combine online and face to face classroom attendance. For the first time students will be able to study on the Cert HE online without having to attend our London College every week.
Full-time students will be in professional placement in a Montessori early years setting 2 days per week (Monday and Tuesday). You will also study another 3 modules: Montessori Early Childhood Practice (1), Montessori Early Childhood Practice (2) and Perspectives on Children’s Development & Well-being (see module descriptions below). You can either attend MCI London 2 days every week (Thursday and Friday) over two semesters, or study the modules mainly online. If you choose online you will still need to attend MCI London for two weeks face to face to learn how to work with the Montessori materials – 1 week in February and 1 week in May. Everyone attends a compulsory induction week in September.
Part-time students will study 2 modules during your first year: Montessori Early Childhood Practice (1) and Montessori Early Childhood Practice (2). You can either attend MCI London one day per week (Thursday) or study the modules mainly online. If you choose to study online you will also need to attend for two weeks face to face to learn how to work with the Montessori materials – 1 week in February and 1 week in May. Everyone attends the compulsory induction week in September.
In the second year, part-time students will complete the professional placement and you will need to be in a Montessori setting 2 days per week. You will also complete the module Perspectives on Children’s Development & Well-being. You can either attend MCI London one day per week (Friday) or study the module mainly online. If you choose to study online you will need to be available for timetabled synchronous blended learning sessions when you will join us remotely via webinar on set dates. You would also join us for induction week in September.
Please note: Due to the assessment requirements of the Cert HE and the need for an MCI tutor to visit you twice on professional placement, students will need to live within reasonable travelling distance of London,( i.e within 3 hours travelling time). If you want to study with MCI and are based outside England, please look at our Diploma (EYE) course. The course is not suitable for Tier 4 (international) students.
The Cert HE carries 120 University credits at level 4 and you will have the option to continue your studies and progress to the Level 5 Foundation Degree at the end of your course. The FdA can then lead on to a full BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies to develop as a graduate leaders.
Employability and work-based learning is a key aspect of the training. You will combine academic study with practical experience on assessed professional placements in Montessori settings. The vocational nature of the course fully meets the current Early Years Educator requirements and enables students to practise as Montessori Early Years Practitioners.
MCI is dedicated to promoting Montessori education in the context of the 21st century and working together with the Early Years community.
To see the full course specification click here