2016-2017 Montessori Teaching Certificate Courses

All courses are listed by Continuing Education Unit (CEU)

MTR 01 Foundations of Montessori Education (6) CEU
Provides the historical and philosophical foundations for understanding Montessori’s view of human life and development: physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual. The course focuses on the philosophical and educational theories that provide the basis of the Montessori method, and includes the history of the method and how the principles evolved.
MTR 03 Introduction to Inclusive Education (2)
This course teaches students the intersections of Montessori teaching principles and special education instructional methods. Students will learn the types of cognitive and physical disabilities that some students bring to schools and the laws regarding students with disabilities. Students will also learn how to work with special education teachers to serve students with disabilities. Prerequisite: MTR 01.
MTR 04 Great Lessons (2)
An examination of “The Five Great Lessons” that serve as the framework for the lower elementary classroom. These lessons are: The Story of the Universe, The Story of Life, The Story of Humans, The Story of Language, and The Story of Signs and Symbols. Each lesson, or story, acts as a catalyst for further research and study throughout the subject areas. These Great Lessons serve to connect different subject areas to each other, so students come to understand the unifying nature of knowledge.
MTR 13 Early Childhood Music and Movement (2)
The study of early childhood music and movement is presented as a developmental process of absorption, exploration, and self-expression, with an emphasis on various present and historical cultures. Physical education is presented as movement, which may include the development of the body through exploration, cooperative play, rhythms, and dance.
MTR 14 Early Childhood Mathematics (4.5)
Presenting the basic skills of mathematics using developmental materials. Emphasis on process: from the numbers 1–10 through the decimal system, the operations of arithmetic, and memorization of basic facts. Includes supervised practice with materials.
MTR 15 Early Childhood Language Arts and Literacy (4)
Analysis of language as spoken and written communication. Rationale for the sensory-motor involvement with emphasis on the sequence of skills to be developed to assist the child’s natural growth toward effective spoken and written communication. Oral language, phonetic analysis, initial writing, handwriting skills, early literacy, and beginning grammar skills are taught as a foundation for total reading.
MTR 16 Early Childhood Social Studies (2)
Social studies includes exposure to geography and history from the Montessori perspective. An emphasis is placed on the holistic approach.
MTR 17 Early Childhood Art (2)
Art is presented as exploration of media and a means to self-expression with an emphasis on variety. The process of an art activity rather than the product is emphasized. A cultural and historical component is included.
MTR 18 Early Childhood Science (2)
Observation of scientific phenomena through simple experiments that involve children and their intrinsic interests. The study of biology also is introduced, including a division into botany and zoology.
MTR 19 Early Childhood Practical Life (4)
The goals of coordination of movement, independence, concentration and development of the sense of order as approached through Montessori practical life pedagogy. Emphasis on the cycle of activity and its process and the analysis of movement involved in the area of practical life.
MTR 20 Early Childhood Sensorial Education (4)
Rationale and techniques necessary to insure development of sensory growth. Introduction of materials in sequential order with emphasis on refinement of sensory perception, repetition, control of error and language (three period lesson.) Distinct training in presentation techniques.
MTR 21 Early Childhood Classroom Management (2)
This course focuses on six areas of management in the Montessori elementary classroom. These areas are Managing the Environment, Managing Planning and Work, Managing Records, Managing Time, Managing Behavior and Managing the Curriculum. Particular emphasis is placed on developing Montessori oriented lesson plans, lesson giving schedules, follow-up records, and student notebooks.
MTR 33 Elementary I Mathematics  (6)
Teaching of the basic skills and nomenclature of mathematics, including arithmetic and geometry, using the Montessori materials. Includes a study of numbers, the decimal system, the four operations, fractions, some algebra, a sensorial introduction to shape, a thorough study of geometric shapes, especially plane and other topics accompanied by theory and rationale. Emphasis is on curriculum development, materials, methodology, and the development of mathematical literacy.
MTR 34 Elementary I Language Arts and Literacy  (4.5)
This course explores the Montessori curriculum, materials and methodology for language arts and literacy. The course includes an analysis of language as spoken and written communication. Reading, writing, grammar and speaking skills are taught in a developmental sequence.
MTR 35 Elementary I Music and Movement (2)
The study of music and movement is presented as a developmental process of exploration, absorption, and self-expression, with an emphasis on various present and historical cultures. Montessori materials and theory are utilized. Movement includes the development of the body through exploration, games, cooperative play, rhythms, and dance.
MTR 36 Elementary I Biology (2)
This course provides thorough coverage of the Montessori biology curriculum including a division into botany and zoology, and the methods and materials for teaching. Emphasis is on curriculum development, materials, methodology, and understanding of biology.
MTR 37 Elementary I Art (2)
The study of art is presented as a developmental process of exploration, absorption, and self-expression, using an approach emphasizing various present and historical cultures.
MTR 38 Applied Methods in Elementary I Mathematics (2.7)
Teaching of the basic skills and nomenclature of mathematics, including arithmetic and geometry, using the Montessori materials. Includes a study of numbers, the decimal system, the four operations, fractions, some algebra, a sensorial introduction to shape, a thorough study of geometric shapes, especially plane and other topics accompanied by theory and rationale. Emphasis is on curriculum development, materials, methodology and the development of mathematical literacy.
MTR 39 Elementary  Classroom Management  (2)
This intensive course will focus on five areas of management in the Montessori elementary classroom. These areas are Managing the Environment, Managing the Work, Managing Planning and Records, Managing Time, and Managing Behavior. As a part of Managing Planning and Records, particular emphasis will be placed on developing Montessori oriented lesson plans, lesson giving schedules, follow-up records, and student notebooks.
MTR 40 Elementary I Social Studies (2)
Social studies includes exposure to geography and history from the Montessori perspective.Introductory work is also presented in the areas
of paleontology, archaeology, geology and other earth and physical sciences. An emphasis is placed on the holistic approach in all areas.
MTR 41 Elementary I Practical Life (2)
The curriculum of Practical Life is studied in overview, with particular emphasis on the elementary classroom. You learn how to prepare the exercises of Practical Life and to analyze each child’s development of independence, sense of order, coordination and concentration that occurs from using the exercises. Social studies includes exposure to geography and history from the Montessori perspective. Introductory work is also presented in the areas of paleontology, archeology, geology and other earth and physical sciences. An emphasis is placed on the holistic approach in all areas.
MTR 51 Early Childhood Student Teaching I (4.5)
MTR 52 Early Childhood Student Teaching II (4.5)
Supervised internship practicum in approved sites as specified in the American Montessori Society accreditation guidelines. Attendance is required at a bi-weekly practicum seminar with materials, including spontaneous problem solving and support sessions once per week throughout the school year. (Out-of-town students must arrange supervised practice and seminar each week with their supervising teacher.) Practicum seminar includes Montessori materials and problem-solving sessions. Students who are doing their practicum away from the college pay all additional costs of observation by a practicum coordinator. Prerequisites: acceptance into the Montessori program and completion of summer program. Prerequisite: MTR 01.
MTR 53 Elementary I Student Teaching I (4.5)
MTR 54 Elementary I Student Teaching II (4.5)
Supervised internship practicum in approved sites as specified in the American Montessori Society accreditation guidelines. Attendance is required at a bi-weekly practicum seminar with materials, including spontaneous problem solving and support sessions once per week throughout the school year. (Out-of-town students must arrange supervised practice and seminar each week with their supervising teacher.) Practicum seminar includes Montessori materials and problem-solving sessions. Students who are doing their practicum away from the University pay all additional costs of observation by the practicum coordinator. Prerequisites: acceptance into the Montessori program and completion of summer program. Prerequisite: MTR 01.
MTR 55 Early Childhood Seminars and Projects I (2.5)
MTR 56 Early Childhood Seminars and Projects II (2.5)
Bi-weekly supervised practice lab with materials, including spontaneous problem solving and support sessions throughout the school year. Required attendance. (Out-of-town students must arrange supervised practice each week.) This course also includes individualized work on preparing assigned Montessori albums and materials in the areas of practical life, arithmetic, geometry, language, biology, social studies and others as assigned. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Montessori program and completion of summer program. Prerequisite: MTR 601.
MTR 57 Elementary I Seminars and Projects I (3)
MTR 58 Elementary I Seminars and Projects II (3)
Bi-weekly supervised practice lab with materials, including spontaneous problem solving and support sessions throughout the school year. Required attendance. (Out-of-town students must arrange supervised practice each week.) This course also includes individualized work on preparing assigned Montessori albums and materials in the areas of practical life, arithmetic, geometry, language, biology, social studies and others as assigned. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Montessori program and completion of summer program. Prerequisite: MTR 01.
MTR 71 Elementary II History (3)
Advanced elements of history from the Montessori perspective, building on the history course in the Lower Elementary curriculum. Significant additional work is presented in the areas of paleontology and archeology. An emphasis is placed on moving through the holistic approach to an integration of subject matter.
MTR 72 Elementary II Geography (3)
This course addresses advanced elements of geography from the Montessori perspective. Significant additional work is presented in the areas of earth and physical sciences and astronomy. An emphasis is placed on moving through the holistic approach to an integration of subject matter.
MTR 73 Elementary II Arithmetic (4.5)
Teaching of the advanced elementary skills, ideas and nomenclature of Mathematics using the Montessori upper elementary materials. Includes a thorough study of numbers, the decimal system, the four operations, fractions, some algebra, and other topics accompanied by theory and rationale. Emphasis is on curriculum development, materials, methodology and the development of mathematical literacy.
MTR 74 Elementary II Geometry (4.5)
Teaching of the advanced elementary skills, ideas and nomenclature of Mathematics using the Montessori upper elementary materials. Includes a thorough study of geometric equivalence, area, volume and other topics accompanied by theory and rationale. Emphasis is on curriculum development, materials, methodology and the development of mathematical literacy.
MTR 75 Elementary II Grammar (4)
Advanced analysis of spoken and written language. Grammar skills are taught in a developmental sequence with a grammatical emphasis.
MTR 76 Elementary II Language Arts and Literature (4)
Reading, literature, and writing skills are taught in a developmental sequence.
MTR 77 Elementary II Biology (2)
The study of biology is continued with a division into the five-kingdom classification. Advanced work is provided with Montessori materials. An emphasis in all areas is placed on moving through the holistic approach to an integration of subject matter.
MTR 78 Elementary II Physical Science (2)
The study of biology is continued with a division into the five-kingdom classification. Advanced work is provided with Montessori materials. An emphasis in all areas is placed on moving through the holistic approach to an integration of subject matter.
MTR 79 Elementary II Arts Infusion (4)
This course will present methods of teaching the arts (music, dance, drama, and visual art  in upper elementary grades, as subjects in their own right and integrated with other curricular areas.
MTR 80 Elementary II Special Education (4)
This course emphasizes developmentally appropriate instruction and accommodations for learners with special needs in Montessori environments. Assessment, partnering with families, characteristics of exceptionalities, intervention strategies, federal regulations, suitable materials, and inclusion of children with special needs will be addressed.
MTR 81 Elementary Seminars and Projects III (3)
MTR 82 Elementary Seminars and Projects IV (3)
Bi-weekly supervised practice lab with materials, including spontaneous problem solving and support sessions throughout the school year. Required attendance. (Out-of-town students must arrange supervised practice each week.) This course also includes individualized work on preparing assigned Montessori albums and materials in the areas of practical life, arithmetic, geometry, language, biology, social studies and others as assigned. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Montessori program and completion of summer program. Prerequisite: MTR 01.
MTR 99 Written and Oral Examination (2)
Intensive practice to prepare for oral examination in five subject areas:  Practical Life, Language, Sensorial Education, Mathematics, and Geography. The course concludes with a 3 ½ hour oral examination in which students will be asked to present randomly selected lessons, explain their rationale and sequence and make connections with other subject areas. They will also be required to show an understanding of classroom management and child development. Prerequisite: completion of all other requirements for the Early Childhood or Lower Elementary Certificate. Prerequisite: MTR 01.
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