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Course Information

Graduate Diploma of Education (Montessori) 3-6 or 6-12 years of age Montessori curriculum focus

AN ACCREDITED HIGHER EDUCATION COURSE WHICH IS A NATIONALLY REGISTERED TEACHING QUALIFICATION. THE 3-6 YEARS CURRICULUM FOCUS IS REGISTERED WITH ACECQA AS AN EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHER (ECT) QUALIFICATION.

The training of the teacher who is to help life is something far more than the learning of ideas. It includes the training of character; it is a preparation of the spirit.”                            (Montessori, The Absorbent Mind, 2012, p. 132).

The Montessori Institute offers the ONLY accredited, nationally recognised and ACECQA registered Montessori ‘teaching’ qualification in Australia. Applicants who have successfully completed a Bachelor Degree from a University (in a relevant discipline, other than education) may apply for a place in the Post Graduate Diploma of Education (Montessori). The course will qualify you for registration as a teacher in Australia.*

The Graduate Diploma of Education (Montessori) is a 9 module (15 unit) course that offers students blended face to face and external study. Students choose a curriculum focus in one of the following age groups:

  • Early Childhood & Primary (0-8 years) – Montessori Curriculum 3-6 years
  • Early Childhood & Primary (5-12 years) – Montessori Curriculum 6-12 years

Attendance at twenty one face-to-face workshop days is a mandatory course component. Twelve weeks of professional experience is undertaken, two of which are in a mainstream classroom.  One written and one practical exam are compulsory requirements, following completion of all modules.

*Teacher Registration: All information is given in good faith. Applicants are advised to check their State’s teacher registration body for confirmation and our listing on the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership AITSL Website. Montessori Institute graduates register with the State body; or register with the Teacher Registration Board W.A. and then apply under the Mutual Recognition Act 1992 for registration in their own State.

 

Course Structure

  • Educational and Montessori theories and philosophies (2 modules)
  • Child development, environments, role of the teacher and families (2 modules)
  • Study of curriculum theory and teaching practice, learning and assessment (4 modules)
  • Inclusive education and professional standards (1 module)

 

Study Timeframe

  • Educational theories, philosophy and child development 360 hrs
  • Curriculum workshops, assignments and examinations 660 hrs
  • Professional experiences 420 hrs (12 weeks, 60 days)
  • Additional independent study time approximately 600 hrs nominal
  • Total 2040 hrs nominal

The minimum time frame is 2 years full time, however you may take up to 4 years part time to complete the course.

Admissions

ADMISSIONS INFORMATION

ADMISSIONS POLICY:

Students may enrol in this course at any time of the year. Application to the program is through direct application to the Institute and is dependent upon formal assessment of the following:

  1. Discipline-specific bachelor degree, with at least one year of full-time equivalent study relevant to one or more learning areas of the Australian Curriculum or other recognised areas of schooling provision.
  2. Response to interview questions (see Application Form below)
  3. If qualifications are from outside of Australia, they will need to be assessed by the Overseas Qualification Unit as equal to an Australian Bachelor degree.
  4. Applicants for the Graduate Diploma of Education (Montessori) course, who have an overseas qualification from a country other than Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada or the Republic of Ireland, must provide evidence of recent completion (within two years) of an Academic IELTS test-see below (as per AITSL requirements).
  5. International students please note: We are not CRICOS registered so cannot support students visas. You will need to have a visa which will enable you to live and study in Australia.

INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE TESTING SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:

The Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the only accepted entry requirement. Applicants can apply on-line and there are many test centres around Australia.

Candidates are graded on their performance, using scores from 1 to 9 for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The results from the four parts then produce an Overall Band Score. The requirement for the Graduate Diploma of Education (Montessori) is an overall band score of Band 7.5 with no score below 7 in any of the four skills and Band 8 in speaking and listening.

( http://www.ielts.org/default.aspx & http://www.ielts.org/contact_us.aspx)

NATIONAL LITERACY AND NUMERACY TEST:

From 1 July 2016, it is the national policy that all initial teacher education students are required to pass the national Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) prior to completing their course. The test demonstrates whether students completing initial teacher education courses are in the top 30 per cent of the Australian adult population for personal literacy and numeracy. Students are advised to undertake the LANTITE in their first year and provide evidence to the Institute of successful completion prior to sitting the exams and graduating from the course.

For further information and practice questions, visit teacheredtest.acer.edu.au

Enrolments

HOW TO ENROL IN THE GRADUATE DIPLOMA:

  1. Read the above information carefully and click on the link ‘application form’ (above/below).
  2. Complete the interview questions attached to the application form.
  3. Email your application form and interview responses to info@mwei.edu.au
  4. Post certified copies of all your qualifications (Certificate and official transcripts) to 3/20 Comserv Loop, Ellenbrook, W.A. 6069
  5. You will be notified of the success of your application, please allow 3 weeks for processing.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING:

The Montessori Institute is committed to recognising previous studies and other relevant prior learning that contributes towards satisfying requirements for its courses. Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) is an integral part of our service and everyone is entitled to apply. For further information contact the Enrolment Officer info@mwei.edu.au. Applicants will be advised of the cost of tuition fees and further work to be completed.

Course Fees

* Course fees are apportioned over nine modules. Refer to Application Form for further details.