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Nido & Toddler Montessori Teacher Certification (0-3 Years Old)

Specializing in educating children ages 0 to 3, this course offers a unique and comprehensive approach to learning about how the Montessori method came to be, how to practice it, and the science that informs the way it functions in real-life classrooms today. Designed for experienced educators looking to earn a Montessori Teacher Diploma and for those beginning their careers in Montessori education.
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Nido & Toddler Montessori Teacher Certification (0-3 Years Old)

Course Overview

Course Overview
August 2022 Cohort

August 2022 Cohort

Our course starting August 23, 2022 will be begin with 10 weeks of the Foundational Studies.

This is a paced out schedule great for those who can commit to such a schedule over several months.

Live online classes take place 2 days a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays while the Self-Study assignments are on Wednesdays. The self-study time involves readings, materials practice and assignments so we highly recommend to block off approximately 4-5 hours those days to complete the work.

Enrollment Steps

  1. Please complete the online application below by August 9, 2022.
  2. We will send a Recommendation Form to be completed by your Manager / Head of School or Reference.
  3. After we review your application and referenc, we will follow up with an admissions decision by August 16, 2022.
  4. If you accept your training offer, training information and instructions will be emailed to you.
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September 2022 Cohort

September 2022 Cohort

Our course starting September 12, 2022 will be begin with 5 weeks of the Foundational Studies.

This is aimed to be a daytime intensive weekday schedule.

Live online classes take place 5 days a week Monday - Friday from 12 - 3:30 pm ET. The self-study time involves readings, materials practice and assignments so we highly recommend to block off approximately 4-5 hours those days to complete the work.

Enrollment Steps - Applications opening up soon!

  1. Please complete the online application below by August 31, 2022.
  2. We will send a Recommendation Form to be completed by your Manager / Head of School or Reference.
  3. After we review your application and referenc, we will follow up with an admissions decision by September 2, 2022.
  4. If you accept your training offer, training information and instructions will be emailed to you.
Our students tend to start the course with a strong sense of love and appreciation for young children. It is my privilege to see that love deepen throughout the course as they learn more about what young children need during the earliest phases of growth.
Monique Shen
Monique Shen
Nido & Toddler Teacher Trainer

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Course delivery and assessment

Our delivery of the course involves online seminars and discussions, in-person immersive learning experiences, individual study, and in-school teaching practice.

Our online classes are offered at different times of the day in order to make it possible to attend classes wherever you are in the world, and our live offerings can be completed in one of several locations we bring our coursework to.

True to Montessori philosophy, we assess learning and performance in a way that encourages student-driven goal setting. This means that students can submit each assessment when they feel they have mastered the subject at hand. We review assessment material and collaborate with students so that they can make improvements where necessary.

When you complete all four course components, you will obtain a fully certified diploma accredited by MACTE.

Duration

The diploma program requires a time commitment of approximately 800 hours. It typically takes between one and two years to complete these course requirements, depending on your personal circumstances and how rapidly you are able to complete the degree program requirements. We begin a new cohort almost monthly.

Tuition & Financial Aid

$5000 for the entire MACTE Diploma Course.

When you apply, you’ll describe your financial needs. If you are accepted into the program, we will evaluate your needs and determine your eligibility for a scholarship and/or payment plan. The payment plan is typically in 3-5 installments with the first installment due before the training starts and the subsequent 2-4 payments due the consecutive months following the start of the training.

Once in-person student teaching resumes, adult learners are required to have at least one field visit by a Prepared Montessorian consultant. Adult learners will be responsible for the expenses for this field visit (travel, accommodations, meals, etc).

Accreditation

Our Diploma course is accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council of Teacher Education (MACTE). Known and respected across the world, it is the only accrediting body for Montessori teacher education programs recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Course Requirements

Since we largely based online, access to reliable high-speed internet and video/webcam to be on-camera in class is needed. Furthermore, you will need access to a Montessori Nido Toddler classroom for materials practice, observations, and practice teaching.

Materials Practice

For access to materials, you will coordinate with a local Montessori school to practice with their materials when students are not present (i.e., weekends). If you do not have a school confirmed during Foundational Studies, you work with our training team to recreate the materials with items that can be likely be commonly found on your own.

Practicum (Classroom Observations & Practice Teaching)

Furthermore, the practicum portions of your studies that it is highly recommended that you have supervision by a qualified lead guide. First, you will observe the qualified lead guide and then be supervised by the guide for your practice teaching. A qualified supervising guide is a guide:

  • with a MACTE diploma
  • and at least one year of post-certification Lead Guide experience in the same age range in which you will be studying

If there is not a qualifying Supervising Guide, the guide-in-training is designated as a "Self-Directed Guide" and will have additional review and support required from the Prepared Montessorian training team.

You will need to coordinate independently with a local Montessori school to plan out your classroom observations and practice teaching hours. You will need 50 hours of observation and 320 hours of practice teaching hours. We can assist with connecting you with our partner network of schools.

Course Structure

The path to learning is organized into four units, covering a broad range of topics including teaching methodology, childhood development, and classroom materials. It is delivered in a variety of ways in order to support multifaceted learning.

Nido & Toddler Foundational Studies (73 hours)

Zoom Classes + Pre / Post Class Assignments + Self-Study Asynchronous Week + Final Assessment

Set schedule where you will need to attend on specific dates and times. See the schedule next to the upcoming cohort information below.

This live, online part of the course is designed to ground the student in Montessori philosophy and teaching methodology. It involves an overview of Maria Montessori's discoveries concerning childhood development, the classroom materials she created, and the ways in which modern educators give lessons using those specialized materials. It can be taken anywhere you have an internet connection but is enhanced if you have access to Montessori materials. Don't have access? We can help.

Nido & Toddler Continuing Studies (90 hours)

Zoom Classes + Pre / Post Class Assignments

Flexible options where you will schedule when you will attend on specific dates and times. Schedule will be provided when you are enrolled.

Building upon the learnings from Foundational Studies, we take a deeper dive into the role of observation and classroom leadership. We also develop student understanding in each area of the Montessori classroom, and follow a seminar series focusing on Montessori theory that informs the practice of Montessori educators. These live, online discussions are offered at convenient times with several options throughout the year.

Self-paced Independent Studies & Practicum (530 hours)

Materials / Lessons Practice +Observation Assignments + Practice Teaching + Assessments

Flexible to your schedule. You will need to coordinate and pace out requirements.

At the pace of each individuals choosing, this part of the course allows for the deep study of every lesson that makes up the Montessori curriculum through engagement with our online lesson library where videos of experts delivering lessons and guide learners to learn and submit videos of themselves carrying out certain Montessori lessons. From there, students go from practice to reality when they observe fully operational Montessori classrooms and practice giving these lessons to children with guidance.

During your student teaching, you will have 3 reviews by one of our field consultants for an assessment (4 visits for adult learners who are not placed with a supervising teacher). At least one of these visits will be in-person; the others will be remote/virtual/recordings. It's possible that, depending on your location, you may need to travel a consultant to review you. The costs of traveling a consultant (i.e., transporation, lodging, food) will be on the learner's expense but capped at $750 total.

Nido & Toddler In-Residency Studies (3 weeks)

Full-time in-person classes

Set schedule where you will need to attend on specific dates and times. You will schedule this part of your studies towards the end of the course.

This portion of the course takes the learning from the other components to deeper and more advanced levels through a live and in-person immersive learning experience in one of our training centers. We study and discuss parent involvement, child development, and advanced Montessori presentation skills. We offer this course several times throughout the year and in different locations so you can plan ahead for the in-residency opportunity most convenient for you. Southern California will be one location. Other planned locations will be in the Northeast, Midwest and Southern US regions.

Want more information?

Click HERE to access further details about the course structure.

Click HERE to access a Diploma Courses brochure.

You could use this Time Zone Converter if you need to convert the Foundational Studies schedule.

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Meet Your Instructors

Mariana Serralde
Mariana Serralde
Mariana Serralde is our Senior Trainer. Mariana has been a Montessori educator for more than 20 years, working as a Children’s House Guide, Head of School, Montessori Mentor and currently as a Senior Montessori Trainer. She holds an AMI Primary Diploma from the Montessori Institute of San Diego, a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Second Language Learning. Her passion for Montessori and diverse experience across the world brings about an empathetic approach to spreading Montessori pedagogy. Mariana has worked and supported several teachers and schools throughout her journey, including bilingual Montessori environments at all levels and collaborating in the development of a dual-language Montessori model for one of the first public dual-language Montessori schools.
Monique Shen
Monique Shen
Monique Shen is our Nido and Toddler Trainer. After earning her BA in Psychology from Stony Brook University, Monique continued to pursue her interests in developmental psychology and found that her true passion was in early childhood education. She graduated with her AMI Montessori Diploma for the 0 to 3 age group from The Montessori Training Centre of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and is currently pursuing a dual master's in Early Childhood and Special Education. Monique has opened and led toddler communities, and has also worked as part of the training team in international Montessori training courses in Mexico City for Nido and Toddler guides seeking Montessori certification.
Laura Kalama
Laura Kalama
Laura is our Nido and Toddler Trainer. Over the past 15 years, Laura has been actively involved in early childhood education. She studied education with an emphasis on music at Bridgewater College, Virginia, then moved to California to work with infant and toddler families. She received her Montessori training from the Prepared Montessorian and served as a Lead Nido Guide before joining our team.

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