This program is intended to earn students their Montessori early childhood teacher certificate.
Students will 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 Montessori early childhood teacher certificate program includes practicum placement. The 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.
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:
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
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 it’s 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
Sprott Shaw College Montessori Teacher Education holds accredited status for its Early Childhood IND Montessori Teacher Education Program from the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE)
Programs related to the Montessori early childhood teacher certificate:
Grade 12 / GED or mature student status (all transcripts must be “true certified copies” or originals).
Applicants must successfully complete the admissions interview and entrance assessments with a minimum score of 20/40 in the English Assessment.
Excellent communication skills (composition), signing a medical/criminal waiver, completing a health declaration form (or physician’s waiver), and submitting a criminal record check (must be Public Safety & Solicitor General: Schedule B). (All must be done no more than three months before the start date of the program).
For more information on English Language requirements and equivalencies please click here.
Domestic students that can provide a Canadian transcript showing completion of English 11 or 12 (or equivalent) with a passing grade of ‘C’, will be exempt from having to write the English Entrance Assessment.
International students can meet the English requirement by completing or demonstrating one of the following four options:
Sprott Shaw’s English Language Assessment, OR
Minimum IELTS Score 5.5 overall or iBT TOEFL Score of 70 OR
Equivalent Standardized External Assessment, OR
Completion of an ESL program from one of SSC’s partnered ESL schools, OR
International students that can provide a Canadian transcript (or evaluated credentials) showing completion of English 11 or 12 (or equivalent) with a passing grade of ‘C’, will be exempt from having to write the English Entrance Assessment.
70% average upon successful completion of all courses.
Work Experience / Clinical Requirements:
Please note certain facilities may require proof of a negative TB test. Without this documentation on the student file, it may limit practicum placement opportunities.
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.
Students can expect to complete 1 – 3 hours of homework per day.
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