Infant & Toddler (Birth to 3)
Infant and Toddler
For teaching children from birth to age 3
CME|NY was the first program in the United States to offer Montessori Infant and Toddler certification. The CME|NY Infant and Toddler program offers professional training for people who aspire to or already work with children between birth and three years of age. Teaching how to provide quality care, create appropriate environments, and nurture optimal development for this age group, the course covers Montessori Philosophy, Pedagogy, Child Development, Environmental Design, Child, Family and Community, Observation, Personal Growth and Development, Program Leadership.Each annual cohort is limited in enrollment size to ensure a warm, supportive group. Learning occurs in a cooperative and nurturing environment that supports the professional and personal development of Adult Learner. Participants increase their own knowledge and understanding through a variety of engaging and transformative learning experiences. The course is a journey of self-discovery and increased awareness to deepen and enhance the joys and satisfactions of working with children from birth to three.
CME|NY prepares adult learners to be competent, caring, and capable Montessori guides and seeks to transform today’s enrollees into tomorrow’s Montessori leaders. Our Infant and Toddler course is designed to include the three categories of competencies required by AMS and MACTE: Knowledge, Pedagogy, and Teaching with Grace and Courtesy. Our program is aligned and in compliance with the quality principles required of MACTE accreditation:
• Our faculty is committed to the on-going development and enhancement of our programs.
• Our programs have resources, practices, and sound management to support our adult learners with integrated academic and practicum experiences that lead to successful comprehension of Montessori methods.
• Our graduates fluently demonstrate the knowledge and understanding gained through our programs in their Montessori environments and schools and in their lives. We have a 95% employment rate after graduation from the Infant and Toddler program.
If you enroll in the Current Cohort, with a start date of Monday, June 22, 2015, begin your nine-month practicum phase in September, and complete all your assignments, you can be recommended for an AMS INFANT AND TODDLER CERTIFICATION by the end of June, 2016.
CME|NY was the first program in the United States to offer Montessori Infant and Toddler certification.
The CME|NY Infant and Toddler program offers professional training for people who want to work with children between birth and three years of age.
Teaching how to provide quality care, create appropriate environments and nurture optimal development for this age group, the program is designed for everyone who cares for infants and toddlers – Montessorians and non-Montessorians alike – including:
- Child care teachers
- Home child care providers
- Center directors
- Social workers
An integral part of the curriculum is direct exposure to infants and toddlers in a working Montessori environment. By attending some classes at the Montessori Children's Center in White Plains, NY, Adult Learners have the opportunity to observe a year-round, all-day Montessori environment in action. Adult Learners gain insights observing the children--and the adults--and develop a new understanding of the importance of observation as a key tool for effective teaching and growth.
- Montessori philosophy and pedagogy
- Child development
- Physical health and care during pregnancy and childbirth
- Design and preparation of responsive environments
- Communication with the child, family and community
- Importance of observation and techniques
- Personal growth and development
- Strategies for managing an effective program
- Working collaboratively with administrators and assistants
- Child care issues in today’s society
Our faculty to adult learner ratio is 2:10.
Adult Learners begin the practicum experience in the fall, while they are attending the academic program. The practicum experience is a nine-month internship in a Montessori Infant or Toddler environment. This is a paid position in most schools. The Adult Learner works under the supervision of a certified Infant and Toddler Montessori teacher or in a self-directed environment with the guidance of a CME|NY consultant – for a minimum of three hours per day, five days per week. With our new year-round model, Adult Learners will have the on-going support of the group with monthly meetings and a curriculum that follows the arc of the school year.
During the practicum experience, a representative from CME|NY will visit the student for three on-site consultations. This cost is included in the tuition. For on-site consultations outside the U.S. and/or beyond a 100 mile radius of the nearest qualified field consultant, the adult learner will be responsible for the additional costs of travel expenses incurred.
Classes meet 8:30 am - 4:30 pm at the CME|NY Office Adult Training Space.
JUNE 2015 Monday, June 22 - Saturday, June 27: Integrated Curriculum (V. Varga, L. Benkowski, C. Jalalat, M. Rae)
AUGUST 2015 Saturday, August 22 Integrated Curriculum (V. Varga, All faculty)
& Sunday, August 23: Environmental Design (V. Varga, C. Jalalat, M. Rae)
No class in September
OCTOBER 2015 Saturday, October 10 & Sunday, October 11: Integrated Curriculum, Observation Overview (V. Varga, M. Rae)
NOVEMBER 2015 Friday, November 6 & Saturday, November 7: Observation/Human Development/Integrated Curriculum (L. Benkowski, M. Rae, V. Varga)
DECEMBER 2015 Saturday, December 5 & Sunday, December 6 Pedagogy (L.Benkowski, M. Rae)
JANUARY 2016 Saturday. January 9 & Sunday, January 10 Child, Family, Community & Environmental Design/Philosophy (C. Jalalat, M. Rae)
No class in February
& Saturday, March 5, 2015: Observation at NICU (L. Benkowski, M. Rae)
April 2016 Saturday April 2 & Sunday April 3: Integrated Curriculum (V. Varga, M. Rae)
JUNE 2016 Monday, June 20 - Friday, June 24: Integrated Curriculum, Case Study Presentations, Completion Celebration (All Faculty)