Early Childhood Teacher Credential Course Information
The Montessori Early Childhood Teacher Credential Course has comprised 320 academic hours in-residence and a minimum of 540 practicum/student teaching hours over a nine-month practicum teaching. The American Montessori Society Early Childhood Teacher Credential is awarded to the graduate.
The sequence of twelve (12) course-components comprises the academic knowledge and rationale regarding the philosophy and curriculum.
The final course components (EC.13, EC.14 & EC.15) are taken during the practicum teaching:
- EC.01 Practical Life Curriculum, 35 Hours, 3 Units
- EC.02 Sensorial Curriculum, 35 Hours, 3 Units
- EC.03 Language Curriculum, 35 Hours, 3 Units
- EC.04 Mathematics Curriculum, 43 Hours, 3 Units
- EC.05 Physical and Life Sciences Curriculum, 14 Hours, 1.5-semester Units
- EC.06 Social Studies – History, 14 Hours, 1.5 Units
- EC.07 Classroom Leadership, 32 Hours, 2 Units
- EC.08 Montessori Philosophy/Theory, 32 Hours, 2 Units
- EC.09 Observation in Child Development, 30 Hours, 1 Unit
- EC.10 Child Growth and Development/Psychology, 30 Hours, 2 Units
- EC.11 Art, Music, Movement Curricula, 16 Hours, 1 Unit
- EC.12 Parent Involvement-Child, Family and Community, 46 Hours, 3 Units
- EC.13 Practicum Teaching/ Student Teaching, 540 Hours, 18 Units
- EC.14 Practicum Seminars – hours included in above course components
- EC.15 Yearlong Project, 8 Hours
The Adult Learner develops the knowledge required of the Montessori Early Childhood Teacher through Montessori Philosophy, Montessori Pedagogy, Environmental Design, and Child, Family, & Community courses. The Adult Learner develops the rationale for why and how the curriculum is implemented through Observation, Personal Growth & Development, and Program Leadership courses in addition to Child Development.
The knowledge and rationale gained in the course components are applied and deepened through the experience of the nine-month practicum/student teaching.
Early Childhood Description of Course Components
EC.01 Practical Life Curriculum, 35 Hours, 3 Units
Philosophy and rationale of the curriculum area of practical life including ground rules, grace and courtesy, development and refinement of movement, care of the person, care of the environment, food preparation, and nutrition are subjects that are addressed. The aims of each activity and the age appropriateness, the language richness imbedded in each activity, and videos available as a reference are areas of depth of exploration of the materials.
EC.02 Sensorial Curriculum, 35 Hours, 3 Units
Philosophy and rationale of the curriculum area of sensorial, materials aiding in the development and refinement of the senses. Visual discrimination of size, shape and color are concretely explored with the classic Montessori materials. Tactile sense which include texture, weight and temperature are sensitized and classified with the Montessori materials. The auditory (hearing), olfactory (smelling) and gustatory (tasting) senses complete the exploration, development and refinement of our basic five senses
EC.03 Language Curriculum, 35 Hours, 3 Units
Philosophy and rationale of the curriculum area of language arts, materials aiding in the development of language arts skills and concepts: receptive and expressive language experiences, visual and auditory perceptual experiences, vocabulary development and enrichment, penmanship from the metal insets, to the sandpaper letters to the chalkboards and lined paper, reading from the sandpaper letters, moveable alphabet and the classic pink, blue, and 16-letter green series, grammar (function of words), children’s literature, and drama.
EC.04 Mathematics Curriculum, 43 Hours, 3 Units
Philosophy and rationale of the curriculum area of mathematics, materials support the development of mathematical concepts/skills. The Montessori materials introduce numeration (1-19), linear counting (10 – 1,000), the decimal system (units, tens, hundreds, thousands, and mathematical functions of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Money curriculum and an expanded fractions curriculum, both topics presented during the practicum, complete the Montessori mathematics curriculum.
EC.05 Physical and Life Sciences Curriculum, 14 Hours, 1.5-semester Units
Botany, Zoology & Science Curriculum
Philosophy and rationale of the curriculum area of the physical and life sciences, including botany and zoology. The care of plants and animals begin the curricula as an essential element in Montessori’s vision of cosmic education and stewardship of the Earth. Identification and categorization of living and non-living, as well as plants and animals. The curriculum then bifurcates into the separate study of plants and of animals with identification of part and functions of each area of study.
EC.06 Social Studies – History, 14 Hours, 1.5 Units
History & Geography Curriculum
Philosophy and rationale of the curriculum area of social studies which includes geography; land and water forms, globes, maps, flags, multicultural awareness, and history to include time, calendar, seasons, personal family history which explore cultural foundations in the life of each adult learner and the students they will be teaching. Events at the school which encourage and support the cultural heritage of students is discussed and explored.
EC.07 Classroom Leadership, 32 Hours, 2 Units
Philosophy and rationale of classroom leadership including the study of the role of the teacher in the preparation of the environment, scheduling and curriculum planning, lesson strategies, evaluation of children, and techniques for discipline, communication, and problem-solving, and a sensitivity to multiculturalism and anti-bias curriculum, both explicit and implicit. Acknowledgement and personal responsibility for attitudes and perspectives is encouraged.
EC.08 Montessori Philosophy/Theory, 32 Hours, 2 Units
Montessori, from a historical perspective, is examined. Philosophy specific to the method, such as auto-education, absorbent mind, sensitive periods, normalization, development of the will, spontaneous repetition, logical-mathematical mind, spiritual and moral development of the child, etc. are examined. How the philosophy relates to the child, materials, teacher, and environment are discussed. Peace education is the natural result of the Montessori philosophy with an anti-bias attitude toward all people.
EC.09 Observation in Child Development, 30 Hours, 1 Unit
10 Hours Lector, 20 Hours Practicum
Lecture and documented observation, some of which is done during the externship/practicum phase, is designed to bridge the academic coursework and the externship/practicum phase. Ten (10) observation reports.
EC.10 Child Growth and Development/Psychology, 30 Hours, 2 Units
Theories of development and stages of development are examined. Physical development and sequence of fine motor and gross motor skills are examined and paralleled to the Montessori activities and materials. Cognitive development includes the examination of memory, problem solving, logical thinking/reasoning, and theories of the mind. Social development includes brain development as a foundation for attachment, emotional regulation, empathy and social competency. Emotional development is inextricably linked to brain development as well. Temperament, emotions, emotional understanding and competency segues into sense of self. Language is a further domain in the area of child development modes of language and literacy.
EC.11 Art, Music, Movement Curricula, 16 Hours, 1 Unit
Philosophy and rationale of the curriculum area of art, materials that aid the development of art concepts and skills in two-dimensional art activities (easel or table), three-dimensional art activities, art appreciation, and art history.
Philosophy and rationale of the curriculum area of music, materials aiding in the development of music concepts and skills, singing skills, instrumental skills, music appreciation and history.
Philosophy and rationale of the curriculum area of movement, materials aiding in the development of movement concepts and skills: body awareness, basic skills
(locomotors, stationary games), and line activities.
EC.12 Parent Involvement-Child, Family and Community, 46 Hours, 3 Units
16 hours lecture, 30 hours practicum
Philosophy and rationale for parent involvement and education, raising the level of awareness, developing a knowledge base, providing options for collaboration, creating strategies for collaboration, and application and implementation of strategies. The child within the context of the family and the community is the emphasis with a sensitivity to multiculturalism as related to child-rearing practices, and familial and community expectations. The adult learners’ examine their explicit and implicit biases in the areas of Asian, Race, Weight, Religion, Gender-Career, Arab-Muslim, Sexuality, Disability, Age, Gender-Science, Skin-tone, Weapons, Presidents, Native American.
EC.13 Practicum Teaching/ Student Teaching, 540 Hours, 18 Units
Practicum I & II
The practicum provides the Adult Learner with a supervised teaching and learning experience and a period of observation, internalization, and further study, in order to bring together the theory and practice of Montessori education. The Adult Learner participates in all facets of Early Childhood curriculum and development, as well as family partnership, and administrative procedures. As required by the American Montessori Society, a minimum of three (3) hours per day, five (5) days per week, for nine (9) months.
EC.14 Practicum Seminars – hours included in above course components
- EC.04 Mathematics/Fractions/Money/Time 8 hours
- EC.07 Classroom Leadership 32hours
- Classroom Design & Assessment
- Positive Discipline
- Learning Differences
- EC.08 Montessori Philosophy/Peace 8 Hours
- EC.11 Art, Music, Movement Curriculum 16 Hours
- EC.12 Parent Involvement/ Child, Family & Community 16 Hours
Total hours in practicum seminars: 80 hours included in above course components
EC.15 Yearlong Project, 8 Hours
The Adult Learner develops a unit of study for the children of his or her classroom that reflects an understanding of scope and sequence, and integrates basic concepts from the other curriculum areas. The area of study may be the deep study of a single child utilizing the observation and record keeping techniques learned in child development.