Integrating Montessori Practice



In response to demand from employers within the Montessori community for continuing professional development for staff with Early Years qualifications but no Montessori training, Montessori Centre International developed this innovative blended learning course.

If you are an Early Years Practitioner or qualified teacher wishing to add Montessori to your practice this could be the right course for you.

All students complete an additional 88-hour Apparatus Workshop where they learn the use and application of the materials guided by Montessori specialists. These workshops are held at a range of MCI approved locations in the UK and overseas.


In Brief

  • Blended Learning:
    – Combine online study with Apparatus Workshops delivered by Montessori specialists
  • Choose from a range of venues and dates across the UK and overseas
  • Complete within 1 year
  • Certificate awarded by MCI
  • Support from a dedicated tutor
  • Approved by the MSA
  • Flexible starting points:
    – Monthly, throughout the year

Why choose the IMP?

  • Bring Montessori to your professional practice – CPD for qualified Early Years Practitioners and  teachers

  • Study flexibly in your own time

  • Gain hands-on experience of how to use the Montessori materials at an  MCI Apparatus Workshop

The IMP course is a wonderful opportunity for professionals who wish to further their understanding of Montessori and enhance their practice. The online structure of the course means that I can access the materials anytime I wish and can work around my job.

Gabriela

What will I study?

Course Content

The course includes 6 units of online study plus an 88-hour Apparatus Workshop.

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 and you will learn how these activities may be presented in the classroom at the apparatus workshop.

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 and you will learn how these activities may be presented in the classroom at the apparatus workshop.

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, offering you a syllabus to teach numeracy and arithmetic to young children. You will learn how these activities may be presented in the classroom at the apparatus workshop.

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 and you will learn how these activities may be presented in the classroom at the apparatus workshop.

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 and you will learn how these activities may be presented in the classroom at the apparatus workshop.

How will I study?

All student access course materials online through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which offers an online solution to studying at times that suit you.

 

I have done a lot of work on VLEs 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.

We have developed a blended learning approach which combines face to face and online learning using our innovative Virtual Learning Environment which enables learners to communicate, reflect and collaborate, establishing a vibrant international community of Montessori learners.

MCI is now able to offer all its students an integrated programme of study using a blended learning approach. Innovative, interactive online course content is combined with face to face learning with our team of Montessori specialists who lead the apparatus workshops.

Find out more by visiting our blog or contact admissions@montessori.org.uk to ask for a guest pass to try it for yourself.

How will I be assessed?

There are 4 written assignments to complete during the course, including a final reflection on your practice.

At the conclusion of the Apparatus Workshop you will have a practical assessment to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the Montessori materials and will also be asked questions to explore your understanding further during a professional discussion with the assessors.

On successful completion of the final practical assessment at the apparatus workshop and all 4 assignments, students 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 complete the assignments. Depending on how much time you have available to commit, the course can be spread over time or completed more intensively. The whole course including the apparatus workshops should be completed within a year.

Timetable

For an overview of the sequence of sessions to be covered, click here.

Where can I attend the Apparatus Workshop?

Your online study will guide you through the Montessori philosophy and Montessori areas of learning.

You will also complete an 88-hour Apparatus Workshop where you gain hands on experience with the Montessori materials. These workshops are held at a range of MCI approved locations in the UK and overseas. For an overview of venues and dates, click here.

Bear in mind that you need to have completed the first three assignments of your online course before you can attend, to make sure you get the best out of the experience.

How will I be supported during my studies?

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You will be allocated a dedicated tutor who will be your first point of contact throughout your studies, via email and through the online forum.

Your tutor will mark your work and give you individual feedback on your progress.

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 advice and guidance.

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.

When you come to attend the apparatus workshop you will be taught by experienced Montessori practitioners and trainers.

You can be assured that:

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

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

  • All our workshop tutors have completed the specialist MCI Trainers Workshop

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

Where could this course take me?

Career Opportunities

The course allows you to develop your career in Early Years by adding knowledge of Montessori to your practice.

MCI graduates have the knowledge and skills needed by the Montessori community, employability and work-based learning are key aspects of the training. MCI works closely with the Montessori Schools Association, to ensure the training meets the needs of employers.

The Integrating Montessori Practice course is a self-regulated qualification awarded by Montessori Centre International and approved by the Montessori Schools Association. Qualified practitioners with the IMP are considered Montessori qualified staff for the purposes of the Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board.

~ Please note that Integrating Montessori Practice 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 ~

The level of MCI training has hugely grown and improved to a much higher level.
– Montessori Manager,
MEAB Conference, 2016
We only ever employ Montessori trained practitioners and they’ve all been MCI trained.
– Montessori Manager,
MEAB Conference, 2016
Very thorough training – well equipped for undertakings of their post.
– Montessori Manager,
MEAB Conference, 2016

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