All Montessori Institute courses are delivered in a flexible, modular format. The courses consist of blended study which includes attendance at face to face workshops in Australia, written assignments, professional experience and a final written and practical exam (specific courses only).
Blended Study Program
Face to Face Workshops
The theory and curriculum workshops are an integral component of the courses. Our lecturers are all highly experienced Montessori educators, with many years of involvement in Montessori schools and centres as principals, teachers or centre owners. The workshops provide the opportunity to meet fellow students (and non-students) whilst learning how to use and practice with the Montessori materials. Enrolled students receive a curriculum guide, which compliments the workshops by providing in-depth knowledge and step by step instruction of the Montessori materials and lesson.
Your Tutor and Written Assignments
Upon enrolment, students are allocated a personal tutor who offers advice and assistance with the written component of the course. Students submit their written assignments to their tutor via email and receive a grade and feedback. The service of the tutor is an extremely important aspect of our study programme. Each tutor has been carefully selected, and has a minimum of a Montessori Diploma and a number of years’ teaching experience using the Montessori method of education. With this experience, your tutor is well equipped to answer your questions, offer suggestions, and provide advice throughout your course.
The Study Guide you will receive outlines all elements of the course. Course material is also provided to all students with our online learning programme (Moodle).
Theory & Philosophy
In studying the theory, you will learn the basis behind what many people consider to be the most advanced and comprehensive method of education available today.
You will read about Dr. Montessori’s first experiments and discoveries and the concepts she developed. In the process, you will develop an understanding of children, how they develop and learn, and how they become self-disciplined, responsible, socially mature and competent. You will come to understand how children can be helped to develop the ability to lead happy and contented lives, and how adults help or hinder this process. Further, you will discover a positive approach to parenting and teaching, an approach which does not depend on coercion or rewards and punishments, an approach which is an alternative to permissiveness. You will share in the great discoveries, the excitement and the inspiration of profound insight, wisdom and understanding.
With Montessori Institute courses, the purpose of studying Dr. Montessori’s philosophies is not only to enable you to become familiar with her ideas, but to help you observe children in the light of those theories, so as to obtain a better understanding of child development.
Time spent observing children in Montessori and other environments is a requirement of the course. Students in remote locations may need to travel to obtain this experience.
Supervised Professional Experience
Most Montessori Institute courses require a set period of professional experience in an approved school or centre with a qualified supervising teacher.
Professional experience is flexible and some weeks may be completed at your place of employment (maximum 3 weeks). Full-time or part-time classroom experience is acceptable, with the exception of the Graduate Diploma which requires a final 4 week block.
To complete your studies, you will need to have access to:
- A computer (PC or Mac) with 5 mbps+ Internet (ADSL 2+)
- Latest Adobe Flash Player Latest Adobe Acrobat Reader
- Latest Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel
- A local Montessori school to complete Professional Experience
- Recording devices, such as a smartphone, camera or video recorder**Graduate Diploma students only