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This practicum must be taken concurrently with the other Montessori program courses in order to earn the credential. It is designed to apply learning in real time with real children for the most efficient and advantageous skill development toward becoming a Montessori teacher/caregiver. Weekly practicum activities are daily from September through June and supervised by an already, experienced Montessori credentialed adult. An expert Montessori professional visits each practicum site quarterly to provide the adult learner with evaluation and mentoring. While some practicum sites allow a volunteer position from 8:30-12:30, a full time position (40 hr./week) that provides the experience of a full day cycle is encouraged. This course requires both participation in a Montessori classroom that matches the age for the credential being sought as well as weekly meetings during fall quarter, which provide preparation for observation to individualize learning, strategies in documentation, authentic assessment, professional leadership, accreditation standards, and preparation of professional and child portfolios. “Child Development” and “Child, Family and Community” are prerequisites for this course since this coursework is required by the State of California to work in any early childhood program.
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Rayann Palazzolo, M.A, has been with the Montessori Schools of Irvine for 20 years and is currently the Associate Director of Human Resources. Her teaching experiences include several years teaching in a Montessori early childhood classroom as well as teaching first grade in the public schools. She was also the school director at Northwood Montessori for 10 years. Rayann has her Master of Arts degree in Education with an emphasis in Montessori Education from St. Catherine University and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame majoring in Psychology and Sociology. She received her Montessori training through the University Montessori Teacher Education Program at UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education and has her Early Childhood Credential from the American Montessori Society.
Textbooks for your course may be purchased from any vendor or bookseller of your choice.
Week by Week: Plans for Documenting Children's Development
Book - ISBN: 9781305501003
Barbara Ann Nilsen, 7 ed
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