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Nido & Toddler Montessori Teacher Diploma (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 from a MACTE-accredited institution and for those beginning their careers in Montessori education.
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Nido & Toddler Montessori Teacher Diploma (0-3 Years Old)

Course Overview

The path to certification is organized into three phases (Foundational Studies, Continuing Studies & Capstone), covering a broad range of topics including teaching methodology, childhood development, Montessori Theory, Montessori curriculum and more. It is delivered in a variety of ways to support multifaceted learning and provide both structure and flexibility to your circumstances.

Course Overview

Certification Training Overview

Watch this short video to connect the course details together and understand the learner journey.
Fall 2022 Cohort - Exclusive for PMI School Partner, Guidepost Montessori

Fall 2022 Cohort - Exclusive for PMI School Partner, Guidepost Montessori

Our course starting September 22, 2022 will be begin with an orientation session, followed by 5 weekly community workshops on Wednesdays, before live online seminars (Tuesdays & Thursdays) and community workshops occur together during each of the scheduled 11 weeks.

The seminar schedule is an evening paced out weekday schedule.

Enrollment Steps & Key Dates

  1. Please complete the online application (coming by September 7) below by September 16, 2022.
  2. We will send a Recommendation Form to be completed by your Manager / Head of School or Reference immediately upon application submission.
  3. After we review your application and reference, we will follow up with an admissions decision by September 20, 2022.
  4. If you are accepted, you will receive an email with your offer letter. After you submit your online acceptance form for your training offer, training information and instructions will be emailed to you.
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October 2022 Cohort

October 2022 Cohort

Our course starting October 19, 2022 will be begin with an orientation session, followed by 8 weekly community workshops on Mondays, before live online seminars (Tuesdays & Thursdays) and community workshops occur together during each of the scheduled 10 weeks.

The seminar schedule is an daytime paced out weeknight schedule.

Enrollment Steps & Key Dates

  1. Please complete the online application by October 7, 2022.
  2. We will send a Recommendation Form to be completed by your Manager / Head of School or Reference immediately upon application submission.
  3. After we review your application and reference, we will follow up with an admissions decision by October 10, 2022.
  4. If you are accepted, you will receive an email with your offer letter. After you submit your online acceptance form for your training offer, training information and instructions will be emailed to you.
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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

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 course components, you will obtain a fully certified diploma from Prepared Montessorian Institute, which is 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 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.

In general, learners are responsible for travel expenses. Travel includes commuting to the practicum site, in-residency workshop and for their field visit. Once in-person student teaching resumes, adult learners are required to have at least one field visit by a Prepared Montessorian consultant. Learners will be responsible for the expenses for this field visit (travel, accommodations, meals, etc).

Accreditation

Prepared Montessorian Institute 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 Montessori teacher diploma from a MACTE-accredited institution
  • 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 certification is organized into three phases (Foundational Studies, Continuing Studies & Capstone), covering a broad range of topics including teaching methodology, childhood development, Montessori Theory, Montessori curriculum and more. It is delivered in a variety of waysto support multifaceted learning and provide both structure and flexibility to your circumstances. Below are further details about the different ways in which you gain and apply the knowledge.

Types of Experiences

Community Workshops

Community Workshops take place in every phase. These are not classes. They are online structured working meetings led by a coach with the goal of helping you plan and provide guidance for your independent work. We will be practicing presentations together, discuss Montessori spotlights and provide time to ask questions all as part of a community that shares the same goals. Be prepared to practice with Montessori exercises and materials and see how a Montessori classroom functions through video observations.

Seminars

The seminars are live online classes on a set schedule; in other words, you will need to attend on specific dates and times. The seminars are designed to ground you in different topics to be a successful Montessori lead guide.It involves an overview of Dr. Montessori's discoveries in childhood development, the practical application in the classroom, the curriculum and classroom materials, and the ways in which modern educators give lessons using those specialized materials. Most seminars require interaction and participation in breakout rooms and using other interactive tools.

Album Study

At the pace of your choosing, album study allows for the deep study of every lesson and activity that makes up the Montessori curriculum through engagement with our online album library. For reference, there are about 200 lessons in the Nido & Toddler Albums, and 600 lessons and activities in Children’s House Albums. Each lesson has written and/or videos instructions by experts on how to deliver the presentation. This structured process of self-study will guide you through the scope and sequence of the Montessori curriculum and help you master each Montessori “presentation.” The materials covered in the Albums are critical to your classroom practice and success, and much of your time will be spent here.

Classroom Observations

50 hours of classroom observations are required in your training. You will apply your knowledge of observation and practice the skills that are required to deepen your understanding about how Montessori works and the child. There are up to 20 hours of virtual classroom footage available to help you complete some of your observation hours virtually. The remaining hours will need to be completed in-person in a Montessori classroom at the age level you are studying for.

Practice Teaching

You will go from practice to reality by implementing the theoretical studies into a real-world classroom learning how to work with children and the classroom community (parents, school leaders, other guides). You will be required to be at a Montessori classroom for 320 hours to complete your practice teaching. During your practice teaching, you will have 4 practice teaching reviews conducted by one of our field consultants for assessment and feedback. At least one of these visits will be in-person; the others will be remote. It's possible that, depending on your location, you may need a consultant to travel to you. The costs of traveling for the consultant (i.e., transportation, lodging, food) will be on the learner's expense but capped at $750 total.

Overview of Each Phase

Below is an overview of the experiences (i.e., content details, frequency, associated assessments) in each of the three main phases of the certification training.

Foundational Studies (3 to 6 months)

  • Community Workshops (weekly)
  • Seminars + Pre / Post Seminar Assignments + Assessment for seminars
  • Album Study Assignments 1 & 2 + Assessment for Album Study Assignments
  • 20 hours of classroom observation

Begin your studies with weekly community workshops to orient yourself to your prepared learning environment. Build the relationship with your coach and your fellow community of learners and create the support system that you will need to cheer you on through this journey. After several weeks of working together, you will attend your online Seminars and continue to meet with your cohort weekly to work on your assignments and ask questions. The deadline to complete all the assignments for Foundational Studies is typically two weeks upon the completion of the seminars.

Continuing Studies (6 to 9 months)

  • Community Workshops (Monthly)
  • Seminars + Pre / Post Class Assignments
  • Album study assignments 3 – 7 + Assessments for Album Study Assignments
  • 30 hours of classroom observation
  • 160 hours of practice teaching with 2 teaching reviews

Building upon the learnings from Foundational Studies, the seminars in Continuing Studies will take a deeper dive into 1) the role of observation by practicing the skill with an instructor and fellow learners, 2) classroom leadership topics and 3) Montessori curriculum and theory. These live, online discussions are offered at convenient times with several options throughout the year. You will work with your coach upon completion of Foundational Studies to plan out your Continuing Studies schedule and path to graduation.

Furthermore, you will continue your album studies and associated assessments and observation hours in the classroom. You begin your practice teaching requirements during the Continuing Studies phase and will need to coordinate the schedule and logistics with your practicum site.

Capstone (3-6 Months)

  • Community Workshops (Monthly)
  • 3 Week In-Residency
  • Album Study Assignment 8 & 9 + Assessments for Album Study Assignments
  • 160 Hours of Practice Teaching and 2 Teaching Reviews
  • Final Assessment

During this phase, you will also complete the last two assignments of your album study and the last 160 hours and 2 practice teaching reviews of your practice teaching. There will be assessments given for the last two album assignments as well as one final assessment that will cover topics from the entirety of the program.

The In-Residency portion of this phase is a set schedule where you will need to attend on specific dates and times at a specific location. This portion of the course takes the learning from the other components to deeper and more advanced levels through an in-person immersive learning experience at one of our training centers. We study and discuss parent involvement, child development, and advanced Montessori presentation skills. We offer the in-residency workshop several times throughout the year and in different locations so you can plan for the in-residency opportunity most convenient for you. Lake Forest, in Southern California, is one of the in-residency locations. Other planned locations will be in the Northeast, Midwest and Southern US regions and will be announced so you can plan accordingly.

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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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