Infant & Toddler
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INFANT AND TODDLER COURSE DESCRIPTION
Child Development: Prenatal to Three Years (52.75 hours). This course covers child development according to Dr. Maria Montessori, in addition to examining the perspectives of major contemporary theorists. Prenatal development and childbirth are examined, followed by the study the young child's development in such areas as: cognitive, emotional, nutritional, neurological, psychological, physiological, physical, and social.
Montessori Philosophy and Pedagogy (52.75 hours) The course of study offers a general overview of Dr. Montessori's principles and ideas as they relate to the child from birth to three. We explore how Montessori viewed the child, and how she helped define a new importance to the child's place in society. Scientific analysis of how to nurture and assist the unfolding of the human personality is explained in terms of its implementation in the following areas: care of physical and psychological needs; daily routines as curriculum; strategies for assistance; interaction techniques with children; and positive communication. Students gain an understanding of the qualities defining the Montessori professional.
Environmental Design (33 hours) The course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the importance of the environment and its effect on the development of the child. It offers fundamental skills in aesthetics and designing a specific environment to meet the needs of the infant and toddler in terms of the child's sensitive periods (language, movement, development of the senses, independence, order, etc.) through activities, space, and materials. In addition, aspects of design regulated by legislation are covered, including: ages and age groupings; numbers and ratios; and safety.
Program Leadership and Administration (15.25 hours) This course provides strategies to manage an effective program based on historical Montessori foundations. An overview is given of administrative issues such as budgets, fees, funding, legislation, personnel, scheduling, and standards. In addition, we cover specific concerns to all-day care, including human needs and requirements for children, families, and staff, and provide students with the skills for defining and developing Montessori childcare.
Child, Family, and Community (15 hours) This course stresses the importance of the relationship of the infant and toddler program with the child's family. Students are taught necessary skills of creating and developing mutual cooperation and support with the families. The course of study assists the student in the developing dialogue skills and the connection between family and center in terms of stages of parenthood child-rearing practices; community resources; teacher-parent conferences; parent involvement; parent education; and health and nutrition.
Observation (29.25 hours) Observation skills are crucial to the success of a infant and toddler classroom. Students learn techniques of observation though actual observation in a functioning Montessori child care infant and toddler program. Skills for developmental assessment and techniques for record keeping are taught and practiced under staff supervision.
Personal Growth and Development (34.50 hours) The development of the professional Montessori teacher begins with the development of the self. Montessori qualities in terms of the adult are explored and discussed, as are standards of professionalism and ethical behavior. Students gain insight and understanding of how to nurture their own spiritual and intellectual development.
Practicum Student Teaching (min. 540 hours) The Practicum Phase provides the student with a supervised teaching/learning experience and a period of observation, internalization and further study to bring together the theory and practice of Montessori education. The environment is prepared with materials and modes of activities that respond to the developmental and varied needs and interests of the specific age group from birth to age three.
Practicum Seminars Students are required to attend two seminars during their practicum phase. These 49.50 academic contact hours are included in the above curriculum areas.
Practicum Observations Documented observations by the individual teacher will include Montessori programs from birth to age 6. These five (5) observations will include:
Neonatal Intensive Care Hospital Unit
Montessori Infant Program
Montessori Half-day Toddler Program
Montessori Full-day Toddler Program
Montessori Early Childhood Program