Early Childhood Course Image

Teacher Education
for 2.5 to 6 Year Olds

Early Childhood Course Image

Academic Component: June 30 - August 15, 2014

Independent Study Component: Principles Basic to Montessori Philosophy
may be started during the school year prior to June 30.

The child's mind from birth to six is quite unlike that of the adult mind which must learn laboriously and deliberately. With ease and spontaneity, the child absorbs all that the environment contains within it.

The Montessori Method allows the child to work on self selected tasks of interest in an environment which features the teacher as preparer and guide of the learning process.

The child's emotional environment should abound in love, security, understanding, and consistency. Only when the child is strong willed and well-integrated can he/she be truly obedient, for obedience represents will. The goal of the Montessori Method can be summarized in a few words:   ". . . freeing the child's potential for self-development."

The Course Is Designed For

  • Individuals who would like to enter the field of Montessori Early Childhood Education;
  • Preschool, Kindergarten, and Early Childhood teachers who wish to use the Montessori method and/or Montessori materials in their classrooms;
  • Teachers who would like to work in already existing Montessori schools;
  • Individuals who plan to open their own schools and would like to use the Montessori Method;
  • Teachers who would like to use the concrete Montessori material for remedial work in Reading and Math with children in grades 1 to 3;
  • Special Education teachers who need manipulative and concrete materials to develop neuromuscular skills and abstract ideas.

Description of the Course for Teaching Children Ages 2 1/2 - 6 Years

Independent Study

Adult learners may begin the independent study component of the course before the academic component. Independent study consists of reading and written assignments on principles and philosophy of Montessori Education and Child Development. Required textbooks are included in the course tuition.

Academic Component

The Adult Learner completes assigned reading and written reports on principles and philosophy of Montessori Education and Child Development. These assignments may begin upon enrollment in the course. Required textbooks are included in the tuition fees.

The five main areas of the Montessori program: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, and Cultural Subjects (including Botany, Zoology, Geography, Music, Art) are presented during this phase.   Adult Learners are given illustrations and printed notes which make up the personalized Teacher's Resource Manuals. Montessori philosophy, classroom leadership skills, observation techniques, record keeping, administration, the child in the family and community, child development, and supervised practice are also included.

Schedule: Held during the months of June 30, 2043 to Aug. 15, 2014.  Adult Learners attend classes each Monday - Friday from 8:30 am- 4:30 pm.


Practical application by teaching in an approved Montessori classroom under the guidance of an experienced Montessori teacher occurs during the practicum. The Adult Learner  observes, assists and participates in the classroom for a 9 month period. Monthly evaluations are made by the Adult Learner and by the supervising teacher. Financial arrangements are the responsibility of the student and the Practicum site. A curriculum development project is also created by the adult learner during the practicum.

Schedule:   The usual time to begin the Practicum is in September following the summer intensive. The number of required hours for the practicum is 540.

Final Assessment

Following the practicum the adult learner returns for one week. During this week the adult learner demonstrates his/her ability to present Montessori materials, shares the years project, teacher resource manuals, and other assignments with the group. A written test on materials and philosophy is taken. Authentic assessment is finalized with course staff and the adult learner during a final assessment interview.

Schedule: Held in June or July each year

To receive the AMS Early Childhood and AMS Associate Early Childhood Credentials:

1. Adult learners are not required to have a Bachelor's degree in order to take the course, but must be, as a minimum, a high school graduate. Those who do not have a Bachelor's degree are eligible to receive an AMS Associate Early Childhood credential. If in the future, a Bachelor's degree is obtained, the Associate EC credential may be upgraded to an AMS Early Childhood credential.
2. In order to receive the AMS Early Childhood credential, the adult learner must have a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Early Childhood Course Staff

LoAnn Jundt, Director, Instructor for Philosophy, Sensorial, Language, Math, Observation.

Betty Bailey, Student Coordinator, Practicum Supervisor, instructor for Classroom Leadership.
Ms. Bailey has been a Montessori teacher since 1974. She is Co-Director of the Montessori School House / Maria  Montessori Elementary. Ms. Bailey received her Montessori teacher education from lAPM in San Diego, California and has assisted in giving teacher education courses since 1976.
Additional Early Childhood Course Staff

  • Dena Stoneman :     Math, Science, Geography, Sensorial
  • JoAnne Enochson : Music , Circle-time  Activities
  • Robin Cardin :         ¬†Practical Life, Art
  • Pam Maska :            Science, Geography
  • Cindy Clevenger :   Field Consultant

Early Childhood Course Fees

(Effective through August 2014)
Application / Registration
AMS Student Fee
MACTE Student Fee
Final Assessment

For Further Information

Montessori Center for Teacher Education
4544 Pocahontas Ave.
San Diego, CA 92117
(858) 270-9350

Montessori Center for Teacher Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.