Infant and Toddler Coursework 

Course Title: Early Childhood Overview   
Clock Hours:  24 Contact Hours
The Early Childhood overview will cover Montessori philosophy as it applies to the two and a half to six year age range. The Montessori rationale and basic methodology of the materials will be covered, as will an overview of the curriculum areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, and Language.

Course Title: Montessori Philosophy
Clock Hours: 36 Contact Hours
Examine, research and explore Montessori philosophy and methodology through history and the life work of Dr. Maria Montessori. Continuous philosophical dialogue throughout the training will foster growth and connections between the child, materials, environment and the teacher in guiding a child’s physical, cognitive, psycho-social and creative development. Special attention will be given to the writings of Maria Montessori regarding the period from before birth to age three.

Course Title: Child Development
Clock Hours: 48 Contact Hours
This child development course will explore various theories for the exploration and understanding of the physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual development of the young child. The focus will be on the development of the child before birth to age three. Aspects of educational psychology such as learning theories, motivation, classroom management, and assessment are also discussed.

Course Title: Infant Pedagogy and Environmental Design
Clock Hours: 36 Contact Hours
Infant Pedagogy and Environmental Design will be integrated into one cohesive course. Montessori Infant Pedagogy will cover techniques that allow students to care for the physical and psychological needs of the infant in a group or home setting and will discuss the daily routines of infants including sleeping, waking, exploring, feeding, and diapering. The course will cover methods of communication and interaction with infants and fostering healthy interaction among infants and other children.

Infant Environmental Design will cover the physical components of a Montessori infant environment, at home or in a group care setting. The needs of the newborn, infant, and mobile infant will be discussed. The arrangement of the infant’s space, necessary materials, and aids to development will be thoroughly covered and demonstrated with hands on materials. The course will include discussion on current safety and regulatory standards and requirements. Materials will be presented to adult learners to prepare them to meet the needs of the infant in the sensitive periods of language, movement, development of the senses, independence, and order.

Course Title: Toddler Pedagogy and Environmental Design
Clock Hours: 56 Contact Hours

Toddler Pedagogy and Environmental Design will be an integrated course. Toddler Pedagogy will cover the care of the physical and psychological needs of the toddler. Students will develop strategies to assist the developing child, including tools to improve interactional techniques with children. The importance of routine as curriculum will be covered. The course focuses on how to implement Montessori pedagogy in group setting.

Toddler Environmental Design will focus on the hands on materials present in a Montessori toddler environment. The areas of gross motor, practical life, language, aids to development of the hand, and aids to development of hand eye coordination will be included. Students will develop an understanding of the full range of materials including their direct and indirect aims, components, and extensions. Materials will be presented by the instructor and students will have the opportunity to use these materials during class. Discussion regarding cultural inclusivity will take place, as will discussion regarding the range of typical and atypical development and how accommodations can be made through the materials to have a more inclusive school environment.

Course Title: Observation
Clock Hours: 12 Contact Hours + 16 Facilitated Observation Hours

Observational tools and techniques for practice and utilization will be explored during the practicum phase. Opportunities for observing all components of a Montessori classroom will be provided in order to develop the practice of observational literacy using the C.O.R.E process.

Course Title: Child, Community, and Family
Clock Hours: 24 Contact Hours

Child, Family, and Community will equip the adult learner to the deal with the sensitive relationship building necessary for a stable parent and teacher partnership. The needs of modern parents will be discussed, as will how Montessori Philosophy differs from what is often presented in the mainstream parenting world. The psychology of parenthood will be covered as will parent involvement, teacher-parent conferences, and translating child rearing practices to the home for infants and toddlers.

Course Title: Personal Growth and Development
Clock Hours: 20 Contact Hours

Personal Growth and Development will cover the importance of a well prepared adult, physically, psychologically, and emotionally in the role of Montessori teacher. Opportunities for a deepened understanding of the self will be provided, as will opportunities to develop broader understanding of other cultures, ideas, and methods. The topics of professionalism, introspection, ethical behavior, and the continuing spiritual growth of the adult will be discussed.

Course Title: Program Leadership
Clock Hours: 16 Contact Hours

The Program Leadership course will cover the details of starting a new program. Techniques for problem solving and communication with coworkers and administrators will be discussed, as will other issues related to the concerns of school administration. The human needs of children, families, and staff will be covered in relation to part time, full day, and extended day programs. Scheduling, evaluation, and preparation of the environment will also be discussed.

Course Title: Infant and Toddler Practicum
Clock Hours: 540 hours of instructional class time (minimum)

This is a supervised teaching/learning experience and a period of observation, internalization, and further study to bring together the theory and practice of Montessori education. This takes place over nine consecutive months for five days a week, four hours a day in approved internship sites.  

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