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Montessori Teacher Education Program

  • Average Cost
    $4,725-$5,150
  • Format
    On Campus

    Duration
    10-12 months

     Course Schedule

For Summer and Fall 2021, the courses in this program will be offered in a “hybrid” format, meaning the courses will meet synchronously and asynchronously online. The format for Winter 2022 and Spring 2022 is to be determined. Please contact us at education@ce.uci.edu for further information.

Overview

Montessori Teacher Education Program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and state requirements to teach in a Montessori early childhood (Preschool – Ages 2.5 through 6) and infant & toddler (Ages Birth through 3) 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.

Who Should Enroll

The program is designed to prepare an individual to work in a Montessori early childhood or infant & toddler environment. This program is not designed for international students and does not meet student visa requirements. Individuals looking to expand their teaching skills or parents interested in providing enrichment for their children have also benefited by taking Studies for Infant & Toddler Caregivers or Montessori Philosophy and Pedagogy.

What are the Prerequisites?

The Montessori program requires some completion of childhood education & experience. You will be requested to provide the following documentations at the required orientation:

  1. The name of the Practicum/Internship site including the address, phone, and director’s name, director’s contact information, supervising teacher contact information and Montessori diploma, number of children and age range of the children in the class where you plan to do your practicum.
  2. An official hard copy college transcript (non-electronic) reflecting completion of the courses in Child Development and Child, Family, Community (which is the minimum coursework requirement to work in a school for your practicum). If you have a foreign transcript, it will need to be evaluated and certified by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. Or a certified copy of your high school diploma.
  3. English Proficiency Requirement: All 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.

If you are new to the field of early childhood education, it is best to speak to Cheryll Ruszat at (949) 854-6030 or email cruszat@irvinemontessori.com.

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Occupational summary for elementary school teachers, except special education. Source: Economic Modeling Specialists Intl.

1.33M
Annual Job Openings
(2019)
7.4%
Projected Growth
(2019-2029)
$58k
Median Salary
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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

AMS/MACTE Early Childhood Program (Preschool - Ages 2.5 through 6)

Elective Courses

TitleWinterSpringSummerFall
AMS/MACTE Early Childhood Program
EDUC X321.21
Montessori Philosophy and Pedagogy for Early Childhood (4.50 Units)
EDUC X321.21
      Hybrid
EDUC X321.10
Preventative Health for Practices for Young Children in Childcare (1.00 Unit)
EDUC X321.10
      Online
EDUC X321.07
Montessori II: Practical Life, Sensory Education, Art, Music and Movement (EC/Preschool) (4.50 Units)
EDUC X321.07
Hybrid      
EDUC X321.32
Montessori III: Math, Language, Geography, Social Studies, and Science (EC/Preschool) (4.50 Units)
EDUC X321.32
  to be scheduled    
EDUC X321.55
Montessori Practicum (4.50 Units)
EDUC X321.55
      Online

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

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Academic Calendar

Event Fall 2021 Winter 2022 Spring 2022 Summer 2022
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Jul 15 Oct 21 Jan 20 Apr 21
Courses Begin* (week of) Sep 20 Jan 3 Mar 28 Jun 20
Courses End* (week of) Dec 13 Mar 14 Jun 6 Sep 6
Parking Permits Expire Dec 31 Mar 31 Jun 30 Sep 30
Administrative Holidays Nov 11, Nov 25-26, Dec 23-24, Dec 30-31 Jan 17, Feb 21 Mar 25, May 30 Jul 4, Sep 5

*Actual dates may vary by program.

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Infant-Toddler Caregiving (Infants/Toddlers - Ages Birth through 3)

Prerequisite Courses

TitleWinterSpringSummerFall
EDUC X321.21
Montessori Philosophy and Pedagogy for Early Childhood (4.50 Units)
EDUC X321.21
      Hybrid
EDUC X321.10
Preventative Health for Practices for Young Children in Childcare (1.00 Unit)
EDUC X321.10
      Online
EDUC X321.54
Studies for Infant and Toddler Caregivers (4.50 Units)
EDUC X321.54
    to be scheduled  
EDUC X321.55
Montessori Practicum (4.50 Units)
EDUC X321.55
      Online

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

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Academic Calendar

Event Fall 2021 Winter 2022 Spring 2022 Summer 2022
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Jul 15 Oct 21 Jan 20 Apr 21
Courses Begin* (week of) Sep 20 Jan 3 Mar 28 Jun 20
Courses End* (week of) Dec 13 Mar 14 Jun 6 Sep 6
Parking Permits Expire Dec 31 Mar 31 Jun 30 Sep 30
Administrative Holidays Nov 11, Nov 25-26, Dec 23-24, Dec 30-31 Jan 17, Feb 21 Mar 25, May 30 Jul 4, Sep 5

*Actual dates may vary by program.

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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.

FAQs

  • What is the duration of the program?
  • The Early Childhood Program (Preschool – Ages 2.5 through 6) is a ten-month program that starts in August and ends in June.

    The Infant & Toddler Caregiving Program (Infants & Toddlers – Ages Birth through 3) is a twelve-month program that starts in July and ends in June.

    *You cannot join the program at any time. You must start the program and end the program at the time stated above.*
  • How much does the program cost?
  • This AMS/MACTE certified training is offered through the University Montessori School of Irvine in collaboration with UCI Division of Continuing Education. Students register through UCI Division of Continuing Education, which provides students with the academic credits to document their studies. Course fees are paid to the UCI Division of Continuing Education with additional fees paid to the University Montessori School of Irvine (lab school) and accrediting agencies. Fees paid to the lab school include the cost of course materials, field consultation visitations, and AMS/MACTE credentialing. Please note that the field consultation visitations fee might increase if the student’s practicum site is outside of Orange County.

    For the early childhood program: The total fee paid to UCI Division of Continuing Education is $1,900. You pay at the time of enrollment for each course and thus you do not pay the $1,900 all at once. The total fee paid to the lab school is $3,250* (subject to change). Ms. Ruszat will be able to provide you the exact fees for the upcoming school year. Like the fees you pay to the UCI Division of Continuing Education, the fees paid to the lab school are paid each quarter, not all at once.

    For the infant & toddler program:
    The total fee paid to UCI Division of Continuing Education is $1,475. You pay at the time of enrollment for each course and thus you do not pay the $1,475 all at once. The total fee paid to the lab school is $3,250* (subject to change). Ms. Ruszat will be able to provide you the exact fees for the upcoming school year. Like the fees you pay to the UCI Division of Continuing Education, the fees paid to the lab school are paid each quarter, not all at once.

    *Internships outside of Orange county may have additional cost for Field Consultant Observations of the student in their practicum site.*

    The fees listed above do not include the cost of course textbooks.

    Please contact Cheryll Ruszat at the University Montessori School of Irvine (lab school) for additional information regarding this program and the additional fees paid to the lab school.
  • Is there an orientation?
  • There is a REQUIRED orientation for both the early childhood and infant & toddler program. At the orientation, you will be required to provide documentation that you have met all of the prerequisites:

    1. The name of the your Practicum/Internship site including the address, phone, and director’s name, director’s contact information, supervising teacher contact information and Montessori diploma, number of children and age range of the children in the class being used for practicum
    2. An official hard copy College Transcript (non-electronic) reflecting completion of the courses in Child Development and Child, Family, Community (which is the minimum coursework requirement to work in a school for your practicum) OR a certified copy of your high school diploma. If you have a foreign transcript will need to be evaluated and certified by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
    3. English Proficiency Requirement: All 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.
    The orientation date of the Infant & Toddler program is the first day of EDUC X321.54 (July) and the orientation date of the Early Childhood program is the first day of EDUC X321.21 (August).
  • Are the courses in-person or online?
  • The courses are held on the UCI campus at the University Montessori School of Irvine; thus, parking is free when you park in the Montessori’s school parking lot. The courses are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. with some occasional all-day Saturday class meetings from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Internet access is required to participate in the program since all courses have accompanying online coursework and EDUC X321.18 is a fully online course.
  • What is the schedule for Early Childhood?
  • Quarter Course Units Fees Format
    Fall EDUC X321.21
    Montessori Philosophy and Pedagogy (EC/Preschool)
    4.5 $425 Hybrid
      EDUC X321.18
    Preventative Health Practices for Early Childhood Education
    0.5 $200 Online
      EDUC X321.2*
    Montessori Practicum (EC/Preschool)
    4.0 $425 Online
    Winter EDUC X321.07
    Montessori II: Practical Life, Sensory Education, Art, Music and Movement (EC/Preschool)
    4.5 $425 Hybrid
    Spring EDUC X321.32
    Montessori III: Math, Language, Geography, Social Studies, and Science (EC/Preschool
    4.5 $425 Hybrid
    Total course fees to UCI DCE (not including lab school fees) 18 $1,900  
    *The Montessori Practicum courses run from the fall to the spring quarter.
  • What is the schedule for Infant & Toddler?
  • Quarter Course Units Fees Format
    Summer EDUC X321.54
    Studies for Infant & Toddler Caregivers
    4.5 $425 Hybrid
    Fall EDUC X321.51
    Montessori Overview of Philosophy/Pedagogy for Infant & Toddler
    4.5 $425 Hybrid
      EDUC X321.18
    Preventative Health Practices for Early Childhood Education
    0.5 $200 Online
      EDUC X321.52*
    Montessori Practicum for Infant & Toddler
    4.0 $425 Online
    Winter Continuing Practicum      
    Spring Continuing Practicum      
    Total course fees to UCI DCE (not including lab school fees) 13.5 $1,475  
    *The Montessori Practicum courses run from the fall to the spring quarter.
  • What is the practicum requirement and how to meet the practicum requirement?
  • The Montessori credentialing requires a full academic year of concurrent Monday through Friday internship in a Montessori Early Childhood Program under the direct supervision of an experienced Montessori teacher in the age range for which you seek credentialing. If you have further questions on the practicum requirements or how to go about finding an internship, you may contact the instructor/coordinator of the Montessori program, Cheryll Ruszat, at (949) 854-6030 or email cruszat@irvinemontessori.com.

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.