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Title: American Montessori Early Childhood Teacher Education Program

American Montessori Early Childhood Teacher
Education Program
AMS (American Montessori Society)
  • American Montessori Society (AMS) is founded
  • in 1960 and has been the mainstream of the
  • Montessori movement in the United States.
  • It is a non-profit organization. Its mission is
    to encourage and support the use of the
    Montessori teaching approach in private and
    public schools.
  • Today, AMS has more than 68 teacher training
    centers and a membership of more than 9,000 and
    over 900 member schools throughout the United
    States and internationally.
  • Website

MACTE (Montessori Accreditation Council for
Teacher Education)
  • MACTE is an international accrediting agency for
    accrediting educational institutions which offer
    Montessori teacher training programs.
  • MACTE does not provide teacher training service.
  • Website

Montessori International Credential Program
  • The Montessori Early Childhood Teacher Education
    program is comprised of 357 hours theory and 540
    hours practicum.
  • The student works at the practicum site with an
    approved Supervising Teacher for a minimum of 3
    hours a day, 5 days a week for 9 consecutive
  • The length of the practicum may be extended to
    provide additional experience and insure all
    standards and competencies for the practicum are

Admission Requirement
  • With Bachelors degree (Foreign transcripts of
    university degree must be evaluated by an outside
    agency to determine their equivalency to a United
    States degree) will receive Montessori Early
    Childhood Teacher Credential or
  • With High School diploma will receive Associate
    Montessori Early Childhood Teacher Credential
  • Interview

Course Outline
  • Academic Courses (357Hours) 
  • Montessori Philosophy/Practical Life Curriculum -
    40 hrs
  • Sensorial Curriculum - 40 hrs
  • Language Arts Curriculum - 40 hrs
  • Mathematics Curriculum - 56 hrs
  • Cultural Curriculum (Geography, History, Botany
    Zoology) - 40 hrs
  • Child Development and Observation 40 hrs
  • Classroom Leadership - 16 hrs
  • Art - 16 hrs
  • Music Movement Curriculum 16 hrs
  • Child, Family and Community 45 hrs
  • Administration 8 hrs
  • Practicum (540 Hours/9 months)
  • Minimum 3 hours per day
  • 5 days per week for 9 consecutive months

AMS Early Childhood Credential
History of Montessori
  • Dr. Maria Montessori, the founder of the
    Montessori Method, graduated from the medical
    school of the University of Rome in 1896, and was
    the first woman to practice medicine in Italy.
  • In her work at the University of Rome's
    psychiatric clinic, Dr. Montessori developed an
    interest in the treatment of mentally-disable
    children for several years and became the
    director of a school for mentally-disabled
    children. After two years under her guidance,
    these children, who formerly had been considered
    in-educable, took a school examination along with
    normal children and passed successfully.

History of Montessori
  • In 1907, Dr. Montessori was asked to take charge
    of fifty children from the poor area of the San
    Lorenzo in the city of Rome. Through scientific
    observation, she came to see how children
    interacted with one another, learned through the
    use of materials she provided, and went through
    specific phases of development.
  • Her approach to education was developed based on
    her observations, in collaboration with her
    background in psychology and her belief in the
    education of children as a means to create a
    better society.

Montessori Philosophy
  • A view of children as competent beings capable of
    self-directed learning.
  • Children learn in a distinctly different way from
  • A belief in the "absorbent mind", that children
    from birth to age 6 possess limitless motivation
    to achieve competence within their environment
    and to perfect skills and understandings. This
    phenomenon is characterized by the young child's
    capacity for repetition of activities within
    their sensitive periods.
  • The child is auto-educated. The Montessori
    teacher does not teach, but rather provides
    experiences for the child to construct knowledge
    and mental images.

Montessori Philosophy
  • Children are masters of their environment, which
    has been specifically prepared for them to be
    comfortable, secure, and allow a maximum amount
    of independence.
  • Children learn through discovery, so materials
    that are self-correcting are used as much as
  • The child comes to know the world through the
    senses. The curriculum area of sensorial in the
    Montessori classroom aids the child in the
    development and refinement of the senses and the
    many manipulative materials in the classroom
    allows the child to explore and learn.

Montessori Philosophy
  • The child learns that which is of personal
    interest. Therefore, it is important for the
    child to have freedom to select activities that
    are highly interesting.
  • The child repeats activities until they are fully
    mastered. The Montessori class schedule has long,
    uninterrupted times in the morning and in the
    afternoon for the child to concentrate on
  • The child is orderly and focused. The Montessori
    classroom is calm, respectful and peaceful. This
    meets the child's inner need for concentration.
    The Montessori classroom is orderly and
    encourages the child to maintain an orderly

The Montessori Teacher
  • The role of a Montessori teacher is one of guide
    and observer, whose ultimate goal is to intervene
    less and less as the child develops.
  • The teacher builds a calm, orderly and joyful
    environment in the classroom and encourages the
    children in all their efforts, thus promoting
    self-confidence and discipline.
  • With the younger children at each level, the
    teacher is more active, demonstrating the use of
    materials and presenting activities based on an
    assessment of the child's needs.

Montessori Classroom
  • The Montessori classroom is a prepared
    environment that provides an atmosphere which is
    pleasant and attractive to allow children to
    learn at their own pace and interact with others
    in a natural and peaceful environment.
  • The classrooms usually stock with nature shelves,
    living plants and small pets, or perhaps a window
    sill garden, allowing children to experience as
    much of the natural world as possible.
  • The Montessori schools ideally adhere to the
    three-year age range of children to encourage an
    interactive social and learning environment. This
    system allows flexibility in learning pace and
    allowing older children to become teachers by
    sharing what they have learned.

The Montessori Materials
  • Every Montessori material has its place in the
    classroom and is self-contained and
  • Every material is specific in design, conforming
    to exact dimensions, and each activity is
    designed to focus on a single skill, concept, or
  • The materials initially used to allow the child
    to analyze sense impressions are also designed to
    improve fine motor coordination needed for

The Montessori Materials
  • All materials are child-sized, clean, attractive
    and preferably made of natural materials such as
    glass or wood, rather than plastic.
  • For example, sponges, brooms ,and dustpans are
    provided and accidents, including broken
    glassware, are treated as an opportunity for the
    children to demonstrate responsibility by
    cleaning up after themselves.

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Practical Life Curriculum
  • Refinement of movement large and small muscle
  • Eye-hand coordination, concentration, order
  • Preparation for writing
  • Ground rules
  • Grace and courtesy (manners)
  • Care of the person - independence
  • Care of the environment
  • Food preparation

Sensorial Curriculum
  • Development and refinement of the five senses
    seeing, touching, smelling, tasting and hearing
  • Preparation for mathematics and language

Math Curriculum
  • The development of mathematical concepts/skills
  • Introduction to numeration (1-10)
  • The relationship of symbol and quantity
  • Concept of concrete and abstract
  • The decimal system and their functions
  • Memorization of the facts

Language Arts Curriculum
  • The development of language arts skills and
  • Receptive (listening) and expressive (talking)
    language experiences
  • Visual and auditory perceptual experiences
  • Vocabulary and enrichment

Cultural Curriculum
  • Geography - land and water forms, globes, maps,
    flags, multicultural awareness
  • History - time, calendar, seasons, personal
    family history
  • Botany parts of the plants, flowers, seeds,
    fruits, leaves
  • Zoology parts of the animals

Art, Music Movement Curriculum
  • The development of art concepts and skills in
    two-dimensional art activities (easel or table),
    three-dimensional art activities, art
    appreciation and art history.
  • The development of music concepts and skills,
    singing skills, instrumental skills, music
    appreciation and history.
  • The development of movement concepts and skills
    body awareness, basic skills (loco-motor,
    stationary games), line activities.