Early Childhood (3-6)
The MKU Early Childhood training program prepares the teacher to lead the EC (3-6) classroom. The teacher will be prepared to encourage preschoolers to explore and discover, to collaborate with classmates, and to take ownership of their education. The Montessori Method encourages self-directed learning that promotes self-confidence, independent thought and action, and critical thinking, while fostering social-emotional and intellectual growth.
Uninterrupted blocks of work time ( 2+ hours in length) allow children to work at their own pace and fully immerse themselves in an activity without interruption. A child’s work cycle involves selecting an activity, performing it for as long it remains interesting, cleaning up the activity and returning it to the shelf, and making another work choice. This cycle respects individual variations in the learning process, facilitates the development of coordination, concentration, independence, and a sense of order, while facilitating the child’s assimilation of information. The MKUTI trained teacher will understand how to guide the child to mastery of specific skills in a carefully planned learning environment.
Carefully Planned Environment
A Montessori Early Childhood classroom should feel more like a home than a school. You will not see desks, nor will a teacher stand at the front of the room delivering a lesson to the whole class. Instead, you will see children working individually or in small groups, at tables or on the floor near small mats that delineate their own space.
Specially designed learning materials are displayed on open shelves, easily accessible to the children. Upon successful completion of MKUTI’s Early Childhood Program you will be prepared to gently guide your students to help maintain the organization and cleanliness of your environment to keep it orderly and attractive, and to help children understand how to respect and care for materials.
Early Childhood Curriculum (3-6 years)
6 Months to Complete.
MKU Training Institute Early Childhood Program delves deeply into the philosophy and pedagogy of Montessori. Students will gain a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the Montessori philosophy. Upon successful completion, students will receive an MKU Training Institute Diploma – MKUTI Early Childhood Program.
Upon enrollment, you will be provided a Welcome email with details to access the training platform. Additionally, you will be provided specific instructions to begin this course. We offer rolling admissions; you may enroll anytime. Please keep in mind, this is a time-sensitive training. You will have 6 months to complete the course. You are responsible for meeting deadlines for timely completion.
Upon successful completion of the EC training, students will have a thorough understanding of the philosophy and teachings and a comprehensive understanding of Montessori education at the primary level (3-6). Students will gain the knowledge to apply their skills in an Early Childhood classroom. You will be prepared to guide and enrich the lives of children in an early childhood classroom.
The MKUTI Early Childhood Course of Study (3-6 years) includes the following study modules:
We understand how busy the lives of aspiring Montessori educators are. Distance learning requires self-discipline. Our courses are designed for busy lives. Most of our students work full-time while they acquire their Montessori training. We make the training simple to access with:
The MKUTI support team offers each student guidance through tutoring and mentoring. Our support team of AMS and AMI trainers is committed to ensuring each student’s success. MKUTI has a well-established connection with the Montessori Kids Universe network of schools and other Montessori schools that meet our criteria. We do not guarantee job placements. However, when opportunities are presented, we will announce openings and internships.
Set for Success
Upon successful completion of this course, students are equipped with the knowledge and skill sets required to work in a Montessori early childhood classroom. MKUTI graduates are successfully employed in many schools as they are thoroughly trained in the Montessori philosophy and curriculum. Our time-intensive distance learning training involves self- introspection, discussions, exams, essays, and evaluations. You will be prepared to offer your skills as a Montessori educator.