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Montessori Teacher Education Program

Overview

Montessori Teacher Education Program provides students with the knowledge, skills and state requirements to teach in a Montessori early childhood setting. Accredited by both American Montessori Society (AMS) and the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE), it is the only Montessori Teacher Education program in Orange County that provides early childhood education units from the University of California, Irvine, and is accepted by the State of California Community Care Licensing for all early childhood programs. Also available is Montessori Infant-Toddler coursework (which is not affiliated or accredited by AMS or MACTE).

Who Should Enroll

This ten month program – which begins every fall and concludes in spring – is designed for those seeking to teach in a Montessori or early childhood education setting or adults who wish to know more about Montessori education.

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Program Benefits

  • Learn from highly qualified instructors with many years of real Montessori experience and advanced degrees.
  • Enjoy limited class sizes that allow for beneficial instructor/student mentoring.
  • Earn a prestigious certificate from the American Montessori Society and UCI Division of Continuing Education credits.
  • Participate in a hands-on practicum, applying new knowledge immediately and returning to class for support.
  • Foster positive relations with families as well as young children.
  • Receive exceptional preparation in Montessori techniques and curriculum design to foster individualized learning in young children
  • Acquire in-depth training in teacher presentation skills and extension of conceptual content of materials in Montessori curriculum areas of practical life, sensorial, math, language and cultural studies
  • Use technology to foster and implement professional aspects of teacher resources and classroom documentation.
  • Combine observation and documentation techniques through professional portfolio design for students and individual children.

Course Schedule

Elective Courses

TitleWinterSpringSummerFall
AMS/MACTE Early Childhood Program
EDUC X321.21
Montessori Philosophy and Pedagogy (EC/Preschool) (4.5 units)
EDUC X321.21
      to be scheduled
EDUC X321.18
Preventative Health Practices for Early Childhood Education (0.5 units)
EDUC X321.18
      to be scheduled
EDUC X321.2
Montessori Practicum (EC/Preschool) (4 units)
EDUC X321.2
      to be scheduled
EDUC X321.07
Montessori II: Practical Life, Sensory Education, Art, Music and Movement (EC/Preschool) (4.5 units)
EDUC X321.07
to be scheduled      
EDUC X321.32
Montessori III: Math, Language, Geography, Social Studies, and Science (EC/Preschool) (4.5 units)
EDUC X321.32
  Campus    
Montessori Infant-Toddler Caregiving
EDUC X321.51
Montessori Philosophy and Pedagogy (Infants and Toddlers) (4.5 units)
EDUC X321.51
      to be scheduled
EDUC X321.18
Preventative Health Practices for Early Childhood Education (0.5 units)
EDUC X321.18
      to be scheduled
EDUC X321.52
Montessori Practicum (Infants and Toddlers) (4 units)
EDUC X321.52
      to be scheduled
EDUC X321.53
Montessori II: Practical Life, Sensory Education, Art, Music and Movement (Infants & Toddlers) (4.5 units)
EDUC X321.53
to be scheduled      
EDUC X321.54
Montessori IV: Studies for Infant-Toddler Caregivers (4.5 units)
EDUC X321.54
  Campus    

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full certificate.

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Accredited by MACTE and Affiliated with AMS: Requiring the Highest Standards

“MACTE is the international standard setting and accrediting body for Montessori teacher education. MACTE was granted initial recognition by the U.S. Department of Education in 1995, and this recognition extends through the year 2013. The Secretary of Education is required by law to publish a list of nationally recognized accrediting agencies that the Secretary determines to be reliable authorities as to the quality of education or training provided by the institutions of higher education and higher education programs.” For more information visit www.macte.org.

AMS (American Montessori Society) Teacher Education Programs are required to fulfill not only MACTE requirements but additional AMS standards as well. AMS programs offer authentic, research-based, professional preparation for Montessori teachers at every level. For more information visit www.amshq.org. This program is designed to ensure your ability to become a teacher with outstanding skills in all areas of Montessori teaching.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.