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Montessori Certificate Program
The Montessori Primary Teacher Training Program is rooted in the traditional concepts developed by Dr. Maria Montessori and her belief that, "...there are many who hold as I do, that the most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six. For that is the time when man's intelligence itself, his greatest implement, is being formed."
This 120-hour certification program is designed to prepare individuals for instructional positions within primary Montessori schools (3- to 6-year olds). Instruction focuses on classroom management techniques, child development, and the Montessori philosophy.
COURSES IN THE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
ABOUT MONTESSORI TRAINING
The Montessori Primary Teacher Training Program is rooted in the traditional concepts
developed by Dr. Maria Montessori and in her belief that,
“there are many who hold as I do, that the most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six. For that is the time when man’s intelligence itself, his greatest implement is being formed.”
This 120-hour certification program is designed to prepare individuals for instructional positions
within primary Montessori programs and schools (3-to 6-year olds).
Instruction focuses on classroom management techniques, child development, and the
Montessori philosophy. The program is presented in five, 24-hour modules. The first hour of
each class session will be devoted to the study of Montessori philosophy and classroom
Modules can be taken in any order.
Module 1: Practical Life Exercises -- $300, 24 hours
The first module in the Montessori Pre-Primary Teacher Training Program focuses on
curriculum activities designed to prepare the child for real life experiences and to develop the
child's independence and self-confidence. The individual exercises develop the child's hand-eye
coordination, large and small muscle control, care of self and the environment.
Module 2: Sensorial Exercises -- $300, 24 hours
The second module of the Montessori Pre-Primary Teacher Training Program focuses on
curriculum and exercises to introduce the young child to his five senses and assist him in
developing these senses to observe and make discoveries in learning.
Module 3: Language Exercises--$300, 24 hours
The third modules of the Montessori Primary Teacher Training Program is centered on the
language materials and exercises offer a systematical breakdown of the essential elements of
reading, emphasizing the fundamentals of the phonics approach to reading. The individual
exercises develop the child's vocabulary, writing and reading skills. The exercises include a
variety of gross and fine motor skill activities that help the child to develop hand and eye
coordination used in the formation of letters for writing.
Module 4: Math Exercises--$300, 24 hours
Instruction in the fourth module of the training program focuses on activities and exercises that
introduce the child to counting, the numerical symbols, and the four basic mathematical
operations. These concepts are introduced to the child through the use of concrete materials.
The child obtains a visual concept of the math operations.
Module 5: Geography/Cultural--$300, 24 hours
Instruction focuses on exercises that introduce the young child to his environment and culture
and then expands to other countries and cultures. This study begins with introducing the child
to a series of globes, and terms such as continents and oceans, etc. The child furthers his
studies with the use of puzzle maps, flags, land forms, classified nomenclature cards, and basic
Instructor: Deborah Herrington
Deborah Herrington holds a bachelor of science in education from Abilene Christian University. She also holds a Texas teaching certificate in elementary education and music. She received Montessori training from A.M.I. and Certification through the Contemporary Montessori Education Program. For 10 years she owned and operated a Montessori school for children two years through sixth grade. She is the author of Paper Works for the Montessori Classroom and Paper Works II. In 1994 she began teaching the Montessori Teacher Training Program through North Lake and Brookhaven colleges. While teach at
Brookhaven, she was nominated for Instructor of the Year. She has been working in the field of education for 25 years.
Tuition and Registration
Tuition for each module is $300. There also will be a $100 fee paid to the instructor for the
written and oral exams that will be offered after you have completed all modules.
All classes meet at Collin College, Courtyard Center, 4800 Preston Park Blvd., Plano, Texas
75093 and classes are offered on-line live through Zoom.
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High School Diploma or Equivalency (College preferred)
Must speak and write in English
Agree to begin internship within 12 months of beginning the course work.
Satisfactory attendance to class sessions
Prepare six reference notebooks, one for each module including an additional
Montessori Philosophy and Classroom Management Reference Book. (A set of all the
class notes are available at cost during the first class session of each module).
Complete a total of five typed essays, one due at the last class session of each module.
Create 10 handmade instructional materials to be used in a Montessori primary
Complete an Internship in a Montessori Primary classroom (3-to-6-year-olds), under the
supervision of a certified Montessori director. (At least 800 hours, more preferred).
Keep a journal of presentations and responsibilities you were given while completing
your internship. Directors and guides will be asked to fill out an evaluation form on your
Achieve a score of 70 or above on a comprehensive written exam. Study questions and
answers are given at the conclusion of each module.
Take an oral exam, which includes presentations of two lessons from each of the five
areas. It is important to be able to pronounce all of the phonetic sounds used to teach
reading, therefore each student will also present to the instructor the movable alphabet
and it correct usage (score of 70 or above required on all oral presentations).
Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook. Author: Dr. Maria Montessori
The Montessori Method. Author: Dr. Maria Montessori
Montessori Today. Author: Paula Polk Lillard
Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work. Author: E.M. Standing
All of the individual lessons using the Montessori materials have been videotaped and may be
rented on-line through Vimeo. The video clips are for the purpose of oral exam preparation.