Programs

The Infant and Toddler course of the Education Program qualifies the student to work with infants to age three.  The Early Childhood credential qualifies the student to work with children ages two and one-half to six years.  The Elementary I credential qualifies the student to work with children ages six to nine years and completion of the Elementary I-II credential qualifies the student to work with children ages six to twelve.

All courses include lecture periods on Montessori child psychology, educational theory and practice, supervised practical sessions with apparatus and observations in approved Montessori classes.  The Practicum – September through May – five days a week, is conducted in an approved Montessori environment, in all areas of the country.

At the successful completion of the program, the American Montessori Society issues a Montessori Full Credential to teachers who have a Bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited U.S. College or University.  Associate Credentials for Infant-Toddler and Early Childhood candidates are issued to teachers who do not have the Bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited U.S. College or University.

The first two years of life are the most important. Observations prove that small children are endowed with special psychic powers, and point to new ways of drawing them out, “literally educating by cooperating with nature.”  So here begins the new path, wherein it will not be the professor who teaches the child but the child who teaches the professor – Dr. Maria Montessori

Note: Infant-Toddler students without Montessori Early Childhood training from a MACTE accredited training center must complete the Early Childhood Overview course components, which are available online.  Students can enter into the course in September, or January by completing Philosophy/Child Development and portions of the Toddler Pedagogy online.  Students are required to complete the course through in-residence participation at our Omaha campus.  Students or staff who determine students have not successfully completed the online components will be required to attend the make-up sessions during the summer, in-residence.  Students may seek undergraduate credits from Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE.

Infant-Toddler Online Schedule
Sept. 2018 through May 2019 or January 2019 through May 2019.

Required In – Residence Schedule
June 12 – June 29, 2019

Practicum and Seminars
Monthly online discussion and participation in online seminars
Fall 2019-Spring 2020

The work of the child consists of creating the human being that it has become.  The adult works to improve his environment while the child works to improve himself – Dr. Maria Montessori Note: The Early Childhood Program prepares adults to educate children from 2. 5 years through 6 years of age in an environment within the Montessori Philosophy.  Students can enter into the course in September or January with weekly online components through May. Students are required to complete the course through in-residence participation at our Omaha campus.  Students or staff who determine students have not successfully completed the online components will be required to attend the make-up sessions during the summer, in-residence.  At this time, those seeking credit towards a Master’s Degree, should view the American Montessori Society Website, http://amshq.org, “Master’s Degree in Montessori” for information that will award a Master’s Degree and other degree options.  Students may also seek undergraduate credits from Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE.

Early Childhood Online Schedule
Please refer to the University of Nebraska at Kearney website
http://www.unk.edu/academics/coe/index.php

http://www.unk.edu/academics/ecampus/degrees-programs/curriculum-and-instruction-k-12,-montessori.php

Through manual activity, the child reaches a higher level of intelligence; whoever has worked with his own hands has a stronger character. My experience has shown that if for some peculiarities of the environment, the child cannot make use of his hands, his character remains at a very low level, he remains incapable of obedience or initiative, and becomes lazy and sad, while the child who has been able to work with his hands shows a marked development and force of character – Dr. Maria Montessori

Elementary I Online Schedule
Please refer to the University of Nebraska at Kearney website
http://www.unk.edu/academics/coe/index.php

http://www.unk.edu/academics/ecampus/degrees-programs/curriculum-and-instruction-k-12,-montessori.php

The child experiences the joy of discovery. Thus, the child discovers his own freedom, his own order, his own discipline and his own liberty – Maria Montessori

The Elementary II Program prepares adults to work with students from nine years through twelve years of age. The adult learner must have completed or in the process of completing an approved AMS Elementary I course. This program consists of summer intensive academic session at the Omaha campus or a blended course option of online components with a minimum of-three weeks on campus (180 campus hrs.) course. Elementary II (9-12) students would have completed the Elementary I (6-9) training. At this time, those seeking credit towards a Master’s Degree, should view the American Montessori Society website, http://amshq.org, “Master’s Degree in Montessori” for information about institutions that will award a Master’s degree and other degree options.

Elementary II Online Schedule
for those who have completed the Elem. I components:

Required online components
Sept. 2018 through June 2019

Required campus components:
June 16-July 3, 2019.

The Academic Phase:
AMS Certificate Course Components
Mathematics/Geometry
Language/Grammar
Biology/Physical Science
History/Geography
Practical Life/PE/Integrated Arts (if not completed in Elementary I Course)

Practicum Phase (August – May)
(Only if a practicum was not completed after the 6-9 academic phase)

Students seeking AMS 6-12 credential must complete a full day, five day per week, nine month practicum experience at an approved site. This may be done either as a self-directed internship in one’s own classroom or in partnership with an experienced supervising teacher. The cost of three consulting visits is included in the tuition. In the event that additional visits are necessary or if an internship site is located more than 100 miles from the training center, additional charges will be negotiated between the training center and the student.