Montessori Education Courses

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Montessori Education Minor

MONT 301 Foundations of Montessori Education (3)
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.
MONT 303 Introduction to Inclusive Education (1)
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.
MONT 304 Great Lessons (1)
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.
MONT 306 IT Child Development (3)
This course examines the nature of development, the familiar and community context within which development occurs, major developmental theorists, attachment and emotional relationships, social development and learning with peers, cognitive development and learning.
MONT 307 IT Philosophy and Pedagogy (3)
The student is introduced to Montessori’s principles and ideas, her view of the nature of the child and the child’s place in society, with emphasis on Montessori’s concept of the child from prenatal to three.  Scientific analysis of how to nurture and assist the unfolding of the human personality; care of physical and psychological needs; daily routines as curriculum; strategies for assistance; classroom management and interaction techniques with children; positive communication, with emphasis on personal development of the adult and the qualities of the adult based on Montessori’s view of the child; communicating within a teaching team; developmental assessment and record keeping.
MONT 308 Early Intervention (1)
An overview of potential learning differences in the infant and toddler is presented, along with methods and strategies for support at home and at school. This course will focus on developing community resources that will support families with infants or toddlers who have special needs.
MONT 309 Early Childhood Overview I (1)
MONT 310 Early Childhood Overview II (1)
This course gives a broad overview of the philosophy and pedagogy of early childhood development and application to teaching methodology. This includes Montessori philosophy and presentation of materials in Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language, Geography, History, Science and the Arts. It includes an introduction to Montessori’s life and work, creating a manual, writing a rationale paper and preparing an environment for children 3 to 6 years old.
MONT 313 Early Childhood Music and Movement (1)
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.
MONT 314 Early Childhood Mathematics (2)
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. Prerequisite: MONT 301.
MONT 315 Early Childhood Language Arts and Literacy (2)
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.
MONT 316 Early Childhood Social Studies (1)
Social studies includes exposure to geography and history from the Montessori perspective. An emphasis is placed on the holistic approach.
MONT 317 Early Childhood Art (1)
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.
MONT 318 Early Childhood Science (1)
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.
MONT 319 Early Childhood Practical Life (1)
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.
MONT 320 Early Childhood Sensorial Education  (1)
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.
MONT 321 Early Childhood Classroom Management (1)
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.
MONT 333 Elementary I Mathematics  (2)
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.
MONT 334 Elementary I Language Arts and Literacy  (2)
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.
MONT 335 Elementary I Music and Movement (1)
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.
MONT 336 Elementary I Biology (1)
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.
MONT 337 Elementary I Art (1)
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.
MONT 338 Applied Methods in Elementary I Mathematics (1)
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.
MONT 339 Elementary Classroom Management  (1)
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.
MONT 340 Elementary I Social Studies (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.
MONT 341 Elementary I Practical Life
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.
MONT 343 Elementary II Practical Life (1)
This course is designed to incorporate aspects of the Elementary I practical life program with a full study into the role of practical life for Elementary II (9-12 years) in the Montessori classroom. Specifically, the course will cover similarities and differences in the practical life curriculum between the two age groups, the benefits of hard work in social and academic life, and the utility of skills that can be developed in the classroom that are not seen as traditionally academic.
MONT 344 Elementary II Classroom Leadership and Curriculum Design (1)
This intensive course is a continuation of the Elementary Classroom Management course focusing 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, emphasis will be placed on developing daily, weekly, and monthly Montessori oriented lesson plans, lesson giving schedules, follow-up records, tracking, assessment, and student planners and notebooks. For Managing Behavior of students ages 9-12, developing a classroom community, student leadership, real world learning experiences (going out/field trips), community service, conflict resolution, and inclusion of students with special needs will be the focus of this class. For Managing the Work, models will be given for making shelf materials to use with this age group of students.
MONT 345 Elementary I Culture Overview (2)
This course will cover all the lower elementary transitional cultural lessons that will be foundational for the upper elementary culture courses. It will include key lessons in biology – botany, zoology, and social sciences – geography and history, including paleontology, archaeology, geology, and other earth and physical sciences.
MONT 346 Elementary I Language and Mathematics Overview (2)
This course will cover all the lower elementary transitional language and mathematics lessons that will be foundational for the upper elementary courses. The language portion will include approaches to reading and writing, reading comprehension, parts of speech, grammar, word study, spelling, and phonograms. The math portion will include key arithmetic lessons related to place value, operations, measurement, time, money, and ways to aid memorization of basic facts. The geometry portion will include key lessons in geometry of plane figure, including angles, triangles, and polygons.
MONT 351 Early Childhood Student Teaching I (2)
352 Early Childhood Student Teaching II (2)
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.
MONT 353 Elementary Student Teaching I (2)
354 Elementary Student Teaching II (2)
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.
MONT 355 Early Childhood Seminars and Projects I (1)
356 Early Childhood Seminars and Projects II (1)
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.
MONT 357 Elementary I Seminars and Projects I (1)
358 Elementary I Seminars and Projects II (1)
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.
MONT 360 IT Environmental Design (2)
The aesthetics and rationale of the environment for the very young child is explored. Age groupings and flow of the age groupings are examined. Issues of numbers of children in the groupings and the ratio of adult to children is reviewed against community and licensing expectations/requirements. The sensitive periods for the very young child in terms of movement/coordination and language are a particular focus. The exploration of the senses, practical life experiences, order of the environment, concentration are reflected in the schedule of activities, the design of the space, and the selection of materials within the context of safety, beauty and legislation.
MONT 361 IT Child, Family and Community (1)
This course examines how best to develop mutual cooperation and support among the family members and the school, including understanding the psychology of parenthood, establishing a home-school continuum in best practices in nurturing children’s growth, locating community and professional resources, supporting cultural differences, teacher-parent conferencing and dialogue skills, and parent involvement in education, health and nutrition.
MONT 362 IT Observation Skills (1)
Students will review the rationale for observation and techniques for making and analyzing observations of infants and toddler in various settings.
MONT 363 Personal Growth and Development (1)
Students will review their own growth through the transformative process of teacher education including aspects of professionalism, introspection, the continued spiritual growth of the adult, and ethical behavior. This is demonstrated through journaling and daily planning.
MONT 364 IT Program Leadership and Administration (1)
This course is an introduction to administrative issues, including financial and budgetary factors, funding and proposal writing, personnel matters, legislation and standards that relate to local licensing regulations. It includes rationale for administration of a Montessori program such as scheduling for the staff as well as the schedule for the child’s day, and record-keeping methods for the child’s daily routines. Identification of criteria for defining Montessori education is discussed as well as the rationale for creating a Montessori day for the child.
MONT 365 IT Student Teaching Practicum I (2)
MONT 366 IT Student Teaching Practicum II
(2)
Students will apply their skills in a real life teaching situation, gradually taking on classroom leadership roles through the school year.
MONT 367 Infant and Toddler Projects I (1)
MONT 368 Infant and Toddler Projects II
(1)
Seminars and associated projects are held five evenings per semester addressing ongoing development within the student’s teaching practice, environmental design and relationships with students, families, the school and greater Montessori community. Projects will include class presentations.
MONT 371 Elementary II History
(1)
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.
MONT 372 Elementary II Geography (1)
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.
MONT 373 Elementary II Arithmetic (1)
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.
MONT 374 Elementary II Geometry (1)
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.
MONT 375 Elementary II Grammar (1)
Advanced analysis of spoken and written language. Grammar skills are taught in a developmental sequence with a grammatical emphasis.
MONT 376 Elementary II Language Arts and Literature
(1)
Reading, literature, and writing skills are taught in a developmental sequence.
MONT 377 Elementary II Biology (1)
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.
MONT 378 Elementary II Physical Science (1)
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.
MONT 381 Elementary Seminars and Projects III (2)
MONT 382 Elementary Seminars and Projects IV (2)
Bi-weekly supervised practice lab with materials, including spontaneous problem solving and support sessions throughout the school year. Required attendance. Out-of-town students will participate through distance learning software. This course includes individualized work on preparing assigned Montessori albums and materials in the areas of the upper elementary curriculum.
MONT 390 Directed Studies (1-3)
Pursuit of a topic of interest to the student. Requires consent of instructor and approval of the Montessori Program director.
MONT 399 Written and Oral Examination (1)
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. Requires completion of all other requirements for the Early Childhood or Lower Elementary Certificate.
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