Montessori Teacher Preparation of the U.S. holds Full Affiliate status for its Infant and Toddler (Level Birth to 3) teacher education course with the American Montessori Society through 2028. This is in conjunction with the MACTE-accreditation of the aforementioned course.
"The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life."
Many schools desire to provide an authentic Montessori experience for children before they enter the 3-6 Primary class, but teachers who only hold a 3-6 credential are not fully prepared to support infants or toddlers. The AMS/MACTE Birth to Three credential is not only designed to prepare teachers, but it is an incredible resource for parents who want to fully support their children in a developmentally appropriate environment.
The Birth to Three teacher education course is designed to provide comprehensive instruction to those individuals desiring to become Montessori birth to three teachers.
This course has been planned to develop sequentially from one stage of understanding to the next. Prior to enrollment, adult learners begin with an initial orientation and an independent study.
MTPP courses are organized and administered under the following formats:
Schedule: (236 hours/5-6 weeks)
The course duration is five and a half weeks or 236 hours of sequential onsite lectures, lessons, assignments, and discussions. The academic phase will close after the 6th week after allowing adult learners for a two-week break before the practicum phase commences.
Part I: Independent Study
Adult learners enrolling in the course are given a list of books to be read prior to the beginning of the 236 hours of classroom instruction. Adult learners should read, take notes, and come to class with questions.
Part II: Classroom Instruction
The Classroom instruction includes eight separate classes presented through lectures and presentations of the Montessori Materials. Time will be given for adult learners to practice with materials and corporately work on some of the written assignments.
Montessori Philosophy and Pedagogy
Child Development Pre-natal to 36 Months
Leadership and Administration
Child, Family, and Community
Early Childhood Overview
The practicum consists of a full-time classroom experience of at least 540 hours (over a five-month period) in a pre-approved infant or toddler model setting that provides the practicum student with supervisory support in the classroom and periodic observation and evaluation. The purpose of the practicum experience is to provide the adult learner with the opportunity for gradual, personal and practical experience as a Montessori Teacher.
The adult learner is required to work in the practicum site for a minimum of three (3) hours a day, five (5) days a week, in a period of at least 9 months.
Final review and examinations are a requirement of the AMS/MACTE-approved teacher education courses. During this evaluation, adult learners complete their practicum notebook, written examination, yearlong project, and albums. Upon successful completion, adult learners are awarded the Birth to Three credential.
Tuition and Fees, Level 0-3
Deposit (deductible from course fee):