In January 2014 we will be starting a new Montessori International Early Childhood Diploma course by distance learning with Saturday seminars once a month. Enrolment for this course will open in September 2013.
On this course you will do your coursework at home with support from MCI East tutors. You will meet with other students one Saturday a month for lectures and practice with the Montessori activities. Essays and projects are submitted to your external marker monthly for 18-20 months. You will take the same exams and get the same Certificate and Diploma as a face-to-face student.
The course is broken down into two key stages:
1) Certificate Course which includes successful completion of all coursework, attendance at Saturday seminars and written and practical examinations.
2) Assessed Teaching Practice comprising 420 hours of supervised teaching in an approved Montessori setting.
To receive the full International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy you will need to successfully complete the Certificate Course and Teaching Practice.
You will be allocated an administrative point of contact
You will receive full course material
You will receive a step-by-step study timetable detailing lectures and coursework assignments
You will receive tutorial support
The full syllabus contains 14 stages/assignments leading to certification. The course covers the theory and methodology element of the Montessori approach and also provides an overview of important educational philosophies. Specific areas of study include:
Observation and Assessment
Contemporary Issues including awareness of Equal Opportunities
Childcare and Good Health Practice
Nutrition and Food Hygiene
Child Protection and Special Needs
Activities of Everyday Living
Education of the Senses
Numeracy and Arithmetic
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Art and Craft
Music and Movement
Before each assignment is due for submission, you will be emailed with extra guidelines, useful hints, tips and suggestions. There will be an opportunity for questions and feedback, these will be shared within your study group. The 14 assignments will require approximately 700 hours of home study in total. If you follow the set timetable, you should finish this element of the course in 18-20 months.
Distance Learning with Study Circle: £1,795
(Payable in 3 termly instalments of £598)
Teaching Practice £750
Extra Books approximately £150
Non-refundable registration fee £100
Candidates need to have a good command of English and the ability to complete the 2000 word essays which constitute most of the coursework. GCSE level English is recommended, or IELTS 6.5.
The seminars will take place from 10am to 4:30 pm on one Saturday a month. Attendance at seminars is compulsory.
This is where you will learn to use the wide array of specially devised apparatus which helps children learn. You will be led through the curriculum by MCI tutors and given supervised practice so that at the end of your course you will have some skill with the Montessori activities.
The seminars will be held in the Mallinson Centre at Cherry Trees Montessori Nursery and Pre-preparatory School and the MCI East Training College in a beautiful rural location near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England.
Examinations are held on specific dates in February, April, July, August and December. These dates are set by MCI London a year in advance. Most students take their practical examination at the end of the seminar period. The written examinations are taken when all written assignments have been passed.
In the Practical Exam you will demonstrate your knowledge of how to use the apparatus effectively. Your practical exam typically takes place before sitting the written parts of the examination.
The Written Exam is the penultimate stage on your road to qualification for the full International Diploma. The two written papers test the full range of topics covered on the course. You can sit your written exam once you have successfully completed your coursework. This should be done during the first examinations held following completion of your course.
Once you have completed the coursework and exams you are ready to put theory into practice. To facilitate a smooth transition you will now undergo formal, tutored and monitored teaching practice.
The teaching practice can take place at our MEAB accredited Montessori nursery or at your Montessori setting, subject to the necessary approvals and standards being in place, preferably also a MEAB accredited setting.
The Teaching Practice involves a period of 420 hours attendance during which time you will be assessed by a qualified tutor. You will also complete a teaching practice file and a child profile.
When you have successfully completed your teaching practice you will be awarded the International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy. This is a Level 4 qualification, which is recognised by Montessori nurseries all around the world.