Early Childhood Education – Montessori

The diploma program provides the content of the Basic program in addition to Montessori Specialization.

Students in this program will develop a broad range of skills through the study and practice of certified courses in order to develop and lead daily age-appropriate activities for children aimed to help promote social, emotional, physical, cognitive and early literacy development. Students learn to observe children and communicate professionally, when appropriate, children’s progress and/or needs with parents, other staff members and individuals involved with the child’s development.

Students will also examine the six major areas of the Montessori curriculum: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, Socials, Art, Music and Movement and how they interrelate. Montessori is designed to foster learning through a holistic approach, where education takes place through movement, connects mind, body and spirit, values collaboration and unfolds through love.

This program includes practicum placement. This experience within a workplace enables Instructional staff to observe the student in a practice situation while providing the student with the opportunity to gain direct exposure to the chosen career field.

Graduates are eligible to apply for an Early Childhood Educator Basic license from the Ministry for Children and Family Development.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this program the student will have developed a broad range of skills through the application and understanding of the following learning outcomes:

  • Cultural, economic, and generational influences on development
  • Main categories and methods of observational recording
  • Current licensing and registration regulations, development of
  • policies and procedures, floor plans, and childcare center design
  • Development of partnerships with parents, colleagues, and other service providers
  • Positive contemporary child guidance practices, causes and characteristics of inappropriate behaviour
  • Planning and implementing comprehensive program plans, focusing on social, emotional, cognitive, physical, language and cultural development
  • Activities to facilitate diversity and multi-cultural experiences and concepts to enhance the curriculum
  • Creating a positive learning environment that includes fun and engaging music and movement activities, enhancing other learning such as language and language skills
  • The use of concepts and activities from LEAP BC 2010
  • Resource Booklet and recognizing movement categories and motor skills
  • Creativity and open-ended, process-oriented creative art activities and experiences
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication skills and techniques.
  • Design newsletters and communication tools for parents, children and staff
  • Signs and symptoms of common communicable childhood illnesses
  • Discover Maria Montessori’s theory and vision for young children
  • Review the stimulating environment where children are free to respond to their natural drive to learn
  • Examine the six major areas of the Montessori curriculum
  • Analyze the relationship between the educator, the child and the environment
  • Measure the value of social learning and participate in active learning
  • Implement Montessori activities that promote ELF and SPICE
  • Connect nature to the learning indoor and outdoor environments
  • Value sensorial exploration and foster learning through the senses
  • Bridge the Montessori environment to the greater world environment
  • Identify the “sensitive periods” of growth to foster children’s development
  • Plan and prepare a variety of Language acquisition cards and games
  • Review the criteria for selection and presentation of DAP Montessori activities
  • Manipulate Math materials and create activity extensions
  • Connect order, coordination and concentration to Intellectual development
  • Evaluate the hierarchy of the decimal system and its functions
  • Link numbers, shapes and patterns to the real world
  • Explore continents, people, languages, foods, flags, celebrations, multiculturalism
  • Examine living and non-living things and describe life cycles
  • Classify animals and plants and collect pictures
  • Value interconnectedness in the classroom setting and extend it to the society
  • Appraise family dynamics and their significant roles in children’s learning
  • Value emerging creativity, originality, exploration and expression
  • Appreciate aesthetic beauty, which in turn can foster discovery learning
  • Examine Art and Music healing properties
  • Appraise the “process” not the “product” and its importance in enhancing children’s development
  • Develop a sense of guidance rather than instruction
  • Implement learning that extends beyond academic learning
  • Appraise Self-education and Self-evaluation
  • Construct lessons promoting imagination, creativity and expression
  • Research interconnectedness of mind, body and spirit

 

Diploma Program

Total Program Hours:
2040 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
80 Weeks
(Includes holidays and professional days)
Program content is subject to change.

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Career Opportunities

Cruiseships and Resorts
Family Child Care
Foster Parenting
Group Child Care
Nanny
Preschools
Recreational Programs
Strong Start Facilitator
Supported Child Dev
Young Parent Programs
Admission Requirements:
  • Grade 12 / GED or mature student status (all transcripts must be “true certified copies” or originals)
  • Applicants must successfully complete the admissions interview and may be required to do an entrance assessment (with a minimum composite score of 42)
  • Preference will be given to those who can provide letters of reference detailing volunteer or professional experience working with children indicating their suitability for working in the field of Early Childhood Education
  • You will also need to have an interview with an instructor/director
  • Excellent communication skills (composition), signing a medical/criminal waiver, providing physician’s waiver, submitting a criminal record check (must be Public Safety & Solicitor General: Schedule B), and clear testing for TB. (All must be done no more than three months before the start date of the program).

Note: English level assessment will be required for international students (with a minimum score of 20/40 in language).

Diploma Requirements:
  • 70% average upon successful completion of all courses.
Additional Notes:

CPR, First Aid and FoodSafe will be completed during the program. After successful completion of this certified and approved ECE Certificate Program, in order to register as an Early Childhood Educator in BC (five-year registration), you must apply to the ECE Registry for registration and provide the following:

  • An official transcript issued by Sprott Shaw College of courses completed (photocopies not accepted)
  • A letter of reference attesting to the applicant’s personal suitability to the field of Early Childhood Education and satisfactory completion of the required 500 hours of work experience, written by the supervising Early Childhood Educator with whom the applicant worked
  • The application can be made for a one-year certificate while obtaining 500 hours of work experience
  • After successful completion of one of the following courses, an application can be made for Assistant Status (EC100, EC110 or EC180)

Note: Successful completion of any of the following courses – EC100, EC110 or EC180 individually or as part of a program will allow the student to apply for assistant status.

Successful completion of EC100 includes attendance of a minimum of 90 instructional/classroom hours to be eligible for this certificate.

Note: Child Care sites may require more current and/or additional CRC (for instance: RCMP) TB testing and/or other immunizations (to be done at student’s expense) prior to practicum and/or observing. Students are responsible for their own transportation. Practicum sites are subject to availability.

Practicum training may be conducted in shifts to accommodate placement facilities’ needs (such as 8-hour shifts).

Necessary Ministry licensing requirements will be included in the curriculum and scheduled throughout the program.

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* Early Childhood Education – Montessori was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

Students can expect to complete one to three hours of homework per day.

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Courses List

This 80 week Diploma program requires the student to complete the following courses.

  • Main categories and methods of observational recording

  • Developmentally appropriate children's books, storytelling, puppetry, and circle time presentation

  • Current licensing & registration regulations
  • Developing policies & procedures, floor plans, and center design
  • Developing partnerships with parents, colleagues, and other service providers

  • Positive contemporary child guidance practices
  • Understanding the causes and characteristics of inappropriate behaviour

  • Plan and implement comprehensive program plans
  • Focus on social, emotional, cognitive, physical, communicative, and cultural development

  • Benefits of an investigative, natural science program
  • Developmentally appropriate activities
  • Ways to maintain curiosity and exploration

  • Activities to facilitate diversity and multicultural experiences
  • Concepts to enhance the curriculum
  • Benefits which include early math and numeracy

  • Create a positive learning environment
  • Fun, engaging music and movement activities
  • Enhance other learning such as language and listening skills

  • Hand-made instruments
  • Recognize movement categories and motor skills
  • Use concepts and activities from LEAP BC 2010

  • Understanding of creativity
  • Special needs / cultural diversity
  • Workshop experiences

  • Understanding of creativity
  • Workshop experiences
  • CPR/First Aid and FoodSafe

  • Basic language arts
  • Literacy goals for three- to five-year-olds
  • Plan/implement activities for young children

  • Verbal and non-verbal communication techniques
  • Design newsletters and communication tools for parents, children and staff

  • Signs and symptoms of common childhood illnesses
  • Developing safe and secure environments for young children
  • Policies and procedures for licensing requirements for observing and reporting abuse and neglect
  • Snack and meal planning, and applying the Canada Food Guide in childcare settings

  • Computer basics/file management
  • Goal setting, note-taking, problem-solving, teamwork
  • Overview of policies & procedures
  • Demonstrate the ability to use MS Word and MS PowerPoint

  • Interview techniques
  • Create a Career Development Marketing Plan
  • Apply aspects of professionalism
  • Identify target markets and employment resources

  • 3-week practicum (includes Touch Back Lab)
  • Practice physical and emotional 'caring' skills
  • Observe guidance techniques and display knowledge of appropriate skills
  • Implement planned activities for individuals and small groups

  • 3-week practicum (includes Touch Back Lab)
  • Attend to personal care needs of children
  • Practice guiding skills
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate activities for small groups

  • 4-week practicum (includes Touch Back Lab)
  • Extend knowledge, skills, and attitude
  • Observing and assessing
  • Guidance
  • Language and creative development
  • Working in a team, and professional behaviour

  • Identify the four main areas of Practical Life and plan DAP activities
  • In corporate the Practical Life activities into the broader context of the Montessori curriculum
  • Assess the Practical Life activities to promote self-esteem and autonomy
  • Implement Practical Life activities that promote ELF and SPICE
  • Measure the value of social learning and participate in active learning

  • Identify the relationship between Sensorial material, pre-Math and pre-Language skills
  • Practice the “control of error” techniques and assess their relevant importance
  • Design Sensorial activities that promote ELF and SPICE Examine the nine Montessori senses and develop relevant DAP activities
  • Connect nature to the learning indoor and outdoor environments

  • Implement Language activities that promote ELF and SPICE Identify the “sensitive periods” of growth to foster language development
  • Examine the benefits of writing before reading
  • Apply the “three period lesson” and evaluate children’s understanding
  • Discriminate between receptive and expressive language

  • Formulate “quantity” and “symbol” associations and create math activities and games
  • Examine measurements and spatial awareness
  • Value practical life and sensorial activities and their impact on math discoveries
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Connect order, coordination and concentration to intellectual development

  • Explore continents, people, languages, foods, flags, celebrations, multiculturalism
  • Examine living and non-living things and describe life cycles
  • Evaluate criteria for selection and presentation of DAP socials activities
  • Incorporate the socials activities into the broader context of the Montessori curriculum
  • Apply learning extensions and variations into the real world

  • Value emerging creativity, originality, exploration and expression
  • Compare children’s developmental and age abilities with art and movement
  • Assess criteria for selection and presentation of DAP art, music and movement activities
  • Appraise the “process” not the “product” and it’s importance in enhancing children’s development
  • Plan and Implement art, music and movement activities that promote ELF and SPICE

  • Value collaborative learning and family participation
  • Link children with activities that meet their interests, needs, and developmental level
  • Encourage children to pursue knowledge relevant to them at a pace that is most comfortable
  • Implement learning that extends beyond academic learning
  • Encourage the child’s inherent love of learning

• 5-week practicum (40 hours per week)

• 5 weeks (40 hours per week)

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