Early Childhood Program (2 1/2- 6 years old)
The program consists of an Academic Phase and Practicum Phase.
The Academic Phase (319 Clock Hours) includes Montessori theory and practice; classroom management and techniques for beginning a Montessori class; and the use, sequence and method of presentation of the Montessori didactic materials in all curriculum areas. The Academic Phase is hands-on. Lectures alternate with laboratory sessions with the Montessori materials under the direction of experienced staff. An additional 16 hours outside of class time will be needed for the year-long project assignment.
Classes meet for seven weeks during the summer Academic Phase, Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
The Practicum Phase (700 Clock Hours) consists of an academic year in a Montessori school. During the practicum, the adult learner is able to apply all that she/he has learned during the academic phase, while under the supervision of a certified Montessori teacher, in a prepared environment with children 2½ to 6 years old. Guidance will be provided by the MMTEC Practicum Coordinator who will work closely with the adult learner and supervising teacher to insure the adult learner's progress and growth in classroom management. A self-directed practicum may be arranged at an additional fee for the adult learner who has had previous classroom experience. Practicum sites need to be approved by MMTEC.
Three Weekend Seminars are held at MMTEC during the practicum phase. The seminars include review and extensions of curriculum, review of theory and methodology, guest lecturers, and workshops. Attendance is mandatory for adult learners.
Adult learners should plan to budget approximately $300.00 for additional materials, books, notebooks, etc. which may be required during the course. Curriculum manuals are not included in the tuition costs.
EC 2016-2017 Schedule
Academic Phase June 27 - August 12, 2016
Practicum Phase September 2016 - June 2017
Early Childhood Weekend Seminars
October 21 - 23, 2016
March 3 - 5, 2017
May 20 - 22, 2017