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."
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.
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 24, 2013 to Aug. 9, 2013. 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.
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.
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.
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Montessori Center for Teacher Education
4544 Pocahontas Ave.
San Diego, CA 92117
Montessori Center for Teacher Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.