Early Childhood Course Overview
The components of this course include Independent Study, Academic Phase, Practicum Phase and Final Evaluation. The Independent Study is comprised of reading and research on Montessori Principles and the Philosophy, followed by preparation of essays, Assigned Observations in Montessori Schools, with written reports are also include in this section .
The Academic Phase ( 270 hours scheduled classes for lectures and material demonstrations, plus 30 hours for observations) includes lectures on Principles and Philosophy, Child Development, Classroom Management, demonstrations of Montessori materials and preparation of material albums.
The Practicum Phase (540 hours of paid or volunteer internship in a Montessori school) is a practice teaching experience which includes observations, assignments and evaluations by the supervising teacher and the Practicum supervisor.
The Final Evaluation includes Oral and Written examinations and presentation of Year’s Research Project and Material albums.
Applicants must have a College diploma or University degree. Applicants with an Ontario Secondary
School diploma, some post secondary education and relevant experience will also be considered. Applicants must be at least 20 years old. Preference will be given to those who have completed a University degree in a related field such as education, sociology or psychology.
The need for Montessori teachers continues to grow, all over the world, and notification of teaching opportunities worldwide will be provided for all of our students.
Classes will commence in August, 2012 and continue every Tuesday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (with some holiday breaks) until July, 2013. Classes will commence August 21, 2012 (5:30-9:30) and continue with classes 9am-5pm on August 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 2012, followed by Tuesday evening classes. Review classes are scheduled in July, 2013, culminating in final exams. All phases of and work for the course must be completed before final examinations. The Practicum portion of the Course may be undertaken at any Montessori School and arrangements for practicum are the responsibility of the student. Assistance will be given in making contact to arrange the practicum placement.
A $500 deposit/processing fee must be returned with the course registration form. Once the student is accepted and the enrolment agreement is competed, post dated cheques may be submitted (first term payment of $2000 should be dated August 21, 2012; second term payment of $2000 is dated January 7, 2013; and a third term payment of $1000 will be dated Apr. 2, 2013. Please include a current resume stating all education and experience, along with two character references.(at least one should be from someone who has seen you working with or caring for, children). Once applicants have been accepted to the course, they must arrange for University or College transcripts to be sent to LMS Montessori Teacher Education Program.
* A $40 fee will be charged for NSF cheques and declined credit cards. *
Early Childhood Diploma $5500 Canadian (includes student manual, textbooks, lectures, Practicum supervision).
NOTE: Practicum Supervision outside the city of Windsor will be subject to an additional mileage fee for visits.
REGISTRATION – Each student pays a registration fee to AMS (August 24, 2012) to become a member of the organization. This ensures that AMS opens a teacher education file for each student. With their membership, each student receives the AMS magazine, Montessori Life and discounts for AMS conferences.