The Early Childhood (Diploma) Course

This course is packaged and designed to equip individuals who wish to train as Montessori teachers with a high level of professional understanding and a thorough knowledge of the Montessori Method for children aged 21/2 through 6years. It provides the right balance of theory and practical experience which the student requires, and gives instruction in the use of Montessori materials for the 21/2 through 6years age range across the curriculum areas.
The diploma covers both the academic and practical phases. The academic phase of the course is composed of lectures, research work, student seminars and presentation of papers. Observations, presentations with materials, practice sessions with materials, material making and teaching practicum make up the practical phase. (Please see course content and syllabus)
The practical phase of the course is composed of material making {teacher-made materials} and a minimum of 300 hours of supervised teaching in a Montessori early childhood classroom.
Option 1: (Part-time) 15 months
Under this arrangement student academic phase is broken down into three seasons: September – November, February – May, and September – November of the following year. Lectures are taken on Saturdays only from 9am – 5pm daily. The practicum phase of the course is taken within one year of the completion of the academic phase.
Option 2: (Full-time) 10 Months
Under this arrangement students attend classes full time (9am – 2pm, 3days a week) September – July to cover the academic phase of the course and also spend 2days a week (8am- 2pm) within the same period for teaching practicum in a Montessori classroom, in order to cover the practicum phase of the course. Upon successful completion of all aspects of the course, the student will be awarded the Early Childhood (EC) Montessori Diploma, which qualifies you to teach in Montessori schools anywhere in the world.
To be accepted onto the Early Childhood course you need to have a minimum of a Bachelors degree from a recognized university and be a minimum of 20 years of age. Students with an OND (Ordinary National Diploma) or NCE (National Certificate of Education) who want to apply must have been working with children within the 21/2 through 6years age range for a minimum of 5years, with proof of continuous employment to qualify. However, such applicants will still be tested and interviewed to determine their ability to cope on the course.