9-12 Component
of the Elementary I – II Course (ages 6-12)

Description Of Courses

The 9-12 Component will cover content area and techniques for presentation for math, geometry, geography, history, language, literature, biology, human systems, and chemistry/environmental studies. Techniques will include use of the material, follow-up exercises, ideas for supplemental teacher-made materials, and use of charts and time lines. Notes on the presentations will be given to the workshop participants. Also, a Teacher’s Manual for the 9-12 program on the use of Montessori materials taught in this course is given for the students to personalize.

This component may be taken to satisfy requirements for the 6-12 Montessori Elementary Credential.

 Adult Learners wishing to obtain the 6-12 Elementary Credential must:

  1. Possess a 6-9 Elementary Credential from an approved MACTE accredited 6-9 course, the content of which is the equivalent of the 6-9 content of this institution. Adult Learners may request evaluation of their 6-9 teacher education program.  If their program is equivalent or if they make up any areas of deficiency, they may receive the 6-12 credential from this program.
  2. Successfully complete the 9-12 Component.
  3. Possess a 4-year college degree from an accredited college or university.

Students wishing to take this workshop for information only:

This workshop may be taken for information only. In this case Adult Learners should have had 6-9 training for maximum benefit but a 6-9 Credential is not required.

Subject Areas Covered In The Course Include


Squaring and cubing of binomials and trinomials and their algebraic representations square root and cube root; all four basic operations with integers and their rules; powers of numbers through expanded and exponential notation; ratio and proportion. In addition, word problem solving techniques and their application are presented through the math program.


Area, extended work with the Pythagorean equivalencies, circle work (circumference and area); lateral and total surface area. The solid geometry begins with the concept of volume through the application of various formulae and extensions with polyhedrons.


Emphasis is on interdependencies of people in an economic setting. Production consumption comparisons are made and related to the concepts of importing and exporting. Current event topics related to internal and external economic interdependencies and world changes are used as a springboard for further studies. (May include such things as study of commodities and stock exchange, World Bank, and World Court.)


Civilization studies are introduced with migration transition charts and a review of the fundamental needs of humans. These along with history research guide questions are used for the study of the following: Sumerian; Egyptian; Minoan and Mycenean; Greek; Etruscan; Roman; Medieval through Renaissance; Native American; United States; California.

Physical geography is studied as related to the specific civilization. Asian and African civilizations are presented for independent study.


The history of the English language and etymology studies are taught throughout the program. Also included are continued and more in-depth study of the noun, adjective, verb and verbals. In addition, logical analysis work extends from simple sentences through compound, complex, and compound complex sentences, as well as other sentence variations.

Language mechanics, research and documentation skills are also included.


Literature is an integral part of the language curriculum as well as being integrated throughout the other academic areas.


Comparative Systems in biology, human systems, and chemistry and environmental studies.

Philosophy of the
9-12 year old

Philosophy of the 6-9 is reviewed; then the specifics of 9-12 year old characteristics are discussed in relation to the curriculum, presentations, self-directedness, and interpersonal relations.

Classroom management
and record keeping

Techniques for class groupings and organization as well as presentation follow-ups designed to foster Adult Learner independence are presented. The importance of accurate record keeping in relation to the child, the teacher, the parents, and the administration is emphasized. Various methods of record keeping and reporting (feedback in terms of lesson summaries, presentation check lists, progress reports) are presented.


Music, School Administration

Workshop Schedule and Hours

The 9-12 Component Course is given during 5 weeks of the summer. A final assessment for successful completion of the course is included for those wishing to receive the Elementary I-II Montessori credential.

Classes are held Monday – Friday from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm.

Montessori Center for Teacher Education welcomes diversity in our student body, faculty and staff. We adhere to a policy of non-discrimination in regard to race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, and gender identity.