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Children's House Lead Guide Diploma

Specializing in educating children ages 3 to 6, 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.
Children's House Lead Guide Diploma

Course Overview

Course Overview
September 2021 Cohort

September 2021 Cohort

Our course starting September 2021 will begin with four weeks of the Foundational Studies.

  • Please see the dates of the Foundational Studies to the left.

Enrollment Steps

  • Please complete the online application by August 27, 2021.
  • We will send a Recommendation Form to you, to be completed by your Manager or Referee.
  • We will get back to you for a follow-up or with a decision by September 3, 2021.
  • Once accepted, training information and further instructions will be emailed to you.
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October 2021 Cohort

October 2021 Cohort

Our course starting October 2021 will begin with four weeks of the Foundational Studies.

  • This schedule is optimized for evenings in North and South America.
  • Please see the dates of the Foundational Studies to the right.

Enrollment Steps

  • Please complete the online application by September 24, 2021.
  • We will send a Recommendation Form to you, to be completed by your Manager or Referee.
  • We will get back to you for a follow-up or with a decision.
  • Once accepted, training information and further instructions will be emailed to you.
Apply Now
November 2021 Cohort

November 2021 Cohort

Our course starting November 2021 will begin with four weeks of the Foundational Studies spanning over six weeks to acknowledge the holiday season.

  • Please see the dates of the Foundational Studies to the left. Note the holiday break.

Enrollment Steps

  • Please complete the online application by November 12, 2021.
  • We will send a Recommendation Form to you, to be completed by your Manager or Referee.
  • We will get back to you for a follow-up or with a decision by November 19, 2021.
  • Once accepted, training information and further instructions will be emailed to you.
Apply Now
The online classes are fantastic—packed full of fresh insights into Montessori education—and facilitated by trainers who clearly want all of their students to succeed.
Melissa McElhill
Melissa McElhill
Children's House Diploma Student

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 12-months 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.

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.

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.

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 Children's House classroom for materials practice, observations, and practice teaching.

For access to materials, this can be done in two ways:

  • Coordinate with a local Montessori school to practice with their materials when students are not present (i.e., weekends)
  • Purchase a set of materials from us that you can keep for $495.

For observations and practice teaching, you will need to coordinate with a local Montessori school (could be the same one for your materials practice) to observe a lead guide and then to practice teaching.

There are portions of your studies that it is highly recommended that you have supervision by a qualified lead guide: Classroom Observations and 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.

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.

Children’s House Foundational Studies (73 hours)

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.

Children’s House Continuing Studies (90 hours)

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 (530 hours)

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

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.

Children’s House In-Residency Studies (3 weeks)

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. As a response to COVID, this is temporarily offered totally remotely.

Want more information?

Click HERE to access further details about the course structure.

Click HERE to access a document that outlines the Diploma Path.

Check out our Diploma FAQ page.

Upcoming Course Cohorts

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Meet Your Instructors

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.
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.
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.

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