Montessori Philosophy

This course will explore the principles of Maria Montessori’s philosophy. We will discover how Montessori viewed the child and how she helped define the importance of the child’s place in society. Emphasis will be placed on exploring the unique needs and tendencies of the child from birth to 3 years old.


Montessori pedagogy is an in-depth study of Dr. Montessori’s theories and methods of teaching. Emphasis will be placed on Dr. Montessori’s theories about: order, learning and movement, freedom and choice, intrinsic learning and self-direction, extrinsic rewards, peer learning, meaningful learning, and the adult and child relationship.

Environmental Design

This course will provide a deep understanding of the importance of the prepared environment and its effect on the developing child. This course emphasizes skills in aesthetics and designing environments tailored to the infant and toddler. You will learn how to design an environment that meets the needs of the child’s sensitive periods for language, movement, order, development of the senses and independence.

Child, Family, and Community

This course assists in building a foundation of communication and support between school and home. Emphasis is placed on developing the necessary skills for creating positive dialogues, connecting families to the center, assisting with child rearing practices, providing and understanding community resources, providing guidance with health and nutrition and conducting effective parent conferences. We will also explore ideas for parent development.


During this course, we will examine techniques of observation, the importance of our observations in preparing our environment and assessing development. The adult learner will observe several infant and toddler environments both in person and on video to practice observation techniques.

Personal Growth and Development

This course supports the adult learner’s development as a teacher in the classroom by introducing and exploring standards of professionalism and ethical behavior. Adult learners will gain a better understanding of themselves through introspection and how to nurture their own spiritual growth.

Program Leadership

This course will provide an overview of effective management skills pertaining to the Montessori program. We will discuss the fundamentals of scheduling, meeting needs of staff and children, creating a climate
of acceptance, understanding varying program needs, and effective communication skills of the developing leader.

Child Development

This course will examine child development based on the ideas of Maria Montessori. In addition, we will explore perspectives of major contemporary theorists regarding child development. Prenatal growth and childbirth will be examined, followed by the social, emotional, psychological, cognitive, physiological, and spiritual development
of the child.


Students are required to be in an approved classroom Monday-Friday for at least three hours a day. Students will also be required to attend parent teacher conferences and at least 2 school wide events. The practicum phase will consist of a total of 540 clock hours.

Student Teaching Seminars

These meetings, which will take place via video conferencing, will allow students to share their experiences, ask questions, and gain new perspectives from the instructors. Learning will further be enhanced through two unit study projects and a year-long child development observation.