Infant/Toddler Course Modules

Completion of this level requires a minimum of 600 clock hours. The academic portion must contain a minimum of 200 clock hours, and the practicum a minimum of 400 clock hours. The practicum must include the following: supervised teaching, observation, interaction between Adult Learners and materials, interaction between Adult Learners and children, integration of knowledge with practice, preparation and care of the environment, communications, demonstration of skills, further study, internalizing of theory, and application of theories and methods.

Montessori Philosophy

An introduction to Montessori method. The concepts related to physical, intellectual, linguistic, social, emotional, and spiritual and moral development of the child provide the framework for the method. This module explores the relationship between the Montessori philosophy, the prepared environment, the adult and the child. The Montessori principles of the absorbent mind, the sensitive periods and the role of the adult will be included.

The Infant toddler concentration is based on the principles of the Montessori Method and the works of contemporary authors who describe the implementation of the method as it pertains to the young child aged 0-3 years.Topics include the specific Montessori view of the development of infant and toddler, and the young child’s place in society, the nature of the young child, the role of the adult in nurturing and assisting the unfolding of the human personality. The role of the parents and adults in the child’s beginning stages of life is one of awareness and responsiveness.

Child Development I

The module will present an introduction to child psychology and the main approaches of child development, and will focus on child development from birth to six years. Lectures will include the history of psychology, psychological research and the physical, emotional and social development of children. This module is designed to enable the Adult Learner to apply principles of psychology in a learning environment.

Child Development II

This course focuses on infant development and the importance of an appropriate and stimulating environment for children from prenatal through three years.  The developmental characteristics of the child from in utero through three years are introduced.  Specific areas examined are the development with regard to physical, cognitive, social-emotional and language characteristics.  Understanding the developmental timeline and the indicative behavior of children during this period of life will be discussed, observed and studied.

Pedagogy I and II

This Pedagogy course integrates Montessori philosophy for Infants and Toddlers (ages birth to three years), covering the study of developmental needs of the child, the method, adult teaching practice and instructional methods.  Understanding the unfolding human personality is essential for working with these young children. The course will include teaching strategies, organization and management of the Infant and Toddler classes. Interactions with children, discipline and classroom management, positive communication with children will be examined.

Environmental Design

This course will provide a basic understanding of the importance of an appropriate stimulating environment on the development of the child. The course will focus on infant and toddler development and the environments that are designed to meet the sensitive periods of development for the Infant (birth to 18 months) and Toddler (18 months to 36 months).

Topics include the study of developmental needs of the child as the basis of environmental design, arrangement of the room and its aesthetics and functionality. The adult learner learns appropriate uses for the materials and activities. Underlying principles such as development of the senses, independence, order, space and safety for the infant and the toddler, with a glimpse of the early childhood stage.

Child Family Community

The course includes the psychology of the parent / infant and toddler relationship and the application of Montessori principles to child rearing.  The adult learners will study family and community issues relating to the infant and toddler ages. Adult learners will learn the importance of the family and school relationship, the need for mutual trust and respect.  Skills in communicating and opportunities for parent education, and the skills for offering practical help to the parents are included. The adult learner will become familiar with the structured parent interactions that occur during the school year. They will learn about fostering communication between home, the Infant and Toddler classes, and parent lifestyle issues. In addition, adult learners will understand the community resources available to families to help establish strong parent relationships.

Observation

The module presents Montessori philosophy and purpose for observation as the cornerstone of the method. An overview of observation strategies and documentation techniques is included. The module includes record and planning systems that are coordinated with the observations. The adult learner will compete internal and external guided observations during the practicum.

Learning Differences

This module presents an inclusive approach to understanding and working with children who have specific learning and developmental needs.  The presentations will cover the experience of failure on self-esteem, and provide knowledge of the social barriers for children with learning needs.  A review of a humanistic approach to behavior difficulties will be presented.

Personal Growth & Development

This module will examine personal development by exploring a wide variety of ways in which to change, grow and achieve one’s creative potential. The module advances a multi faceted approach to personal development combining theory, personal experience and self-reflection. Divergent psychological approaches to personal development and growth will be examined.

Class Leadership

This is an overview of classroom management skills, design of the environment, and effective relationships and communication skills with parents and families.  The module covers the relationship between effective observation, planning for and assessment of children’s development.  Managing school records and evaluation reports and included.  Understanding cultural diversity and personal awareness knowledge leads to establishing an inclusive and respectful atmosphere. Positive management and discipline techniques are presented.