Pre-School Diploma Program

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide children with the best possible teachers: teachers who respect the child and can support each childs needs. teacher candidates will explore the necessary tools to foster the childs growth and development while providing "hands-on" experiences that will encourage the child to develop a lifelong love and enthusiasm for discovery and learning.

Our vision calls upon us to prepare leaders who affirm and promote the essential goodness, dignity and freedom of all human beings.

The goal of this Montessori Teacher Education Program is to provide teacher candidates with a thorough understanding of The Secret of Childhood, to help them gain insights into the true nature of child development, to model the use of developmentally appropriate Montessori materials, and to demonstrate how respect for the childs "inner teacher" serves as the integrating principle for effective early childhood education.

"He must grow while I diminish." (Dr. Maria Montessori)

Aims of the course

Our aim is to provide teacher candidates with opportunities and resources to gain the necessary knowledge and practical experience to pursue a career as educated qualified Montessori teachers. The need for well-trained Montessori teachers continues to grow all over the planet. To be convinced is to consult ads on the Internet, local newspapers or magazines about worldwide Montessori careers.

Our aim is to:

  • Keep Montessori philosophy and respect for children central to its purpose.
  • Provide the teacher candidates with knowledge and practical skills that are relevant to the needs of the child.
  • Provide high quality education for future Montessori teachers as per the MACTE standards.

Outcomes

Through the Montessori Early Childhood Education Teacher Course, teacher candidates will:

  • Understand the fundamentals of Montessori philosophy;
  • Become proficient and confident in the use of Montessori learning materials.;
  • Reflect the Montessori ideas of Childhood development (ages 2½ - 6+);
  • Be able to "Follow the child" and implement the Montessori approach;
  • Be competent with classroom management.

Course level

The Montessori Teacher Education Course prepares the adult to accompany and guide young children from 2½ through 6 years of age in a Montessori environment.

The course is designed for:

  • Individuals who are pursuing the field of Montessori Education with children between 2½ and 6 years of age.
  • Pre-school, E.C.E., Kindergarten and Primary teachers who wish to be familiarized with the Montessori Approach to Early Childhood Education.
  • Teachers who would like to join an existing Montessori school.
  • Teachers who would like to know the use of concrete Montessori materials for remedial work in graphic language and in mathematics.
  • Special Education teachers who need manipulative and concrete materials to encourage development of neuromuscular skills leading to abstract ideas.
  • For people who simply love children and care about their whole development.

The art of good teaching is not just preparing an appropriate environment for learning and discoveries nor just presenting the materials in order. Rather, it is to know the magic moment: the appropriate material to offer and the needs of the child to explore their next step. Montessori teachers are prepared to "Follow the child" and are acutely aware of each child interests and accomplishments.

"Our teachers thus penetrate the secret of childhood, and have a knowledge far superior to that of ordinary teacher who becomes acquainted only with the superficial facts of the childrens lives."  Maria Montessori

Course description

Dr. Montessoris vision is that her approach of education provides "a help for life" for the child. Learning to implement this fundamental principle is an essential part of the Education Course. Master Teacher and instructors are committed to explain the theoretical framework for understanding childs development and to model the use of developmentally appropriate materials.

The Education Course addresses the following topics:

  • Philosophical, scientific and historical foundations of Montessori approach to education and its modernity.
  • Stages of childhood growth and whole development.
  • The child in the family and the community.
  • Motor development and control of movement through daily life activities, music, rhythm and movement.
  • Sensorial foundations of intellectual life.
  • The acquisition of spoken and graphic language.
  • The early awareness and preparation of the mathematical mind.
  • The presentation of scientific and cultural subjects.
  • Environmental design in the Montessori prepared environment.
  • Parent education and classroom management.

Internship and teaching practice

Practical application in an approved Montessori learning environment under the guidance of an experienced Montessori certified teacher is required during this course.

This integral part of the Education Course consists of an Internship of 400 hours that includes 200 clock hours minimum of supervised teaching practice where the teacher candidate observes, assists and participates to the dynamic process of education of the host Montessori school. Independent study, projects, material making and research constitute the remaining 200 hours.

Award

Successful completion of coursework, examinations and Internship leads to the International Montessori Diploma awarded by the Institute, SBTE Accredited.

Graduates who hold a diploma granted by our program, accredited by SBTE (Sindh Board of Technical Education), are recognized by the Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan s as well as by the City District Government Karachi as qualified to work with children in a Montessori program for children ages 2.5 to 5 years of age

Theory Lectures

  • Biography of Maria Montessori
  • How to present lessons in the Montessori Way
  • How to organize a Montessori classroom
  • Classroom management
  • Parental Involvement
  • The role of Montessori Teacher (Guide, Model, Observation, Record Keeping, Parent Ally, Professional Skills etc)
  • Sources for Material
  • Information per new graduate seeking practical experience
  • The typical day
  • The start of a school year
  • Presentation and Activities
  • Introduction to E.P.L, Sensorial, Language, Math and Culture
  • Putting the Montessori method into practice
  • Growth and development
  • Sensitive period
  • Prepared environment
  • Developmental deficiency, Autism, Dyslexia, Down syndrome and Hearing Impairment etc

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Practical Albums

Album (1) E.P.L (Practical Life Activity)

Creative time-tested activities assist the child in developing a sense of order, concentration, personal pride, independence , respect for others fine motor skills, grace and courtesy confidence and self esteems.

Album (2) Sensorial

Sensorial impressions are infinite; activities help the child discriminate appreciate and understand her world. Music for the Montessori classrooms is also covered.

Album (3) Culture

Science - Children begin to understand the delicate balance of the world around them, and their place in it.

Geography – Children develop an appreciation for our land, water and air, and they study the world’s different region.

History – By examining their own timeline from birth to present, and their own family tree, children gain their first sense of history, and the concept of time is brought to life.

Botany – The study of botany is child centered, using live plants as knowledge and interest catalyst.

Zoology – Children learn to appreciate animals and to respect their need, habits and special characteristics

Album (4) Language

Activities detail phonetic sounds, phonetic writing and reading, irregular or sight words, phonograms and blends, which lead to fluent (total) reading; Journal keeping, creative writing, whole language and poetry.

Album (5) Mathematics

All activities incorporate the use of concrete materials. Children first learn to count to ten, and systematically progress to solving complex addition, subtraction, multiplication and division questions

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Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel - Socrates