Montessori Global Teacher Education Institute
The Montessori Infant/Toddler (I/T 0-3) Certification Course focus is on understanding the unique developmental changes that take place in the first three years of life. While other levels certainly focus on understanding child development, they put enhanced emphasis on specific materials and Montessori curriculum. At the Infant- Toddler level, the child is the curriculum. It is essential for Montessori Infant/Toddler Guides to have a comprehensive understanding of the young child so they can be an aid to their development. We have developed a comprehensive program which integrates Montessori philosophy and best practices for infants and toddlers with the latest research in brain and child development.
The MGTEI Infant/Toddler Teacher Certification presents lectures with a deep and comprehensive exploration of the Montessori approach for children’s youngest years. Adult learners complete a variety of meaningful assignments which relate directly to their classroom experience and provide opportunities for practical application of the course material. Weekly interactions with instructors and fellow adult learners build a rich and supportive learning community providing additional opportunities for integration of course topics.
The IMC Infant /Toddler Teaching Certification for guiding ages 0-3 years has two categories: an Associate certificate and the Full certification; both include two phases: academic sessions and practicum internship.
The Academic Phase
The Infant/Toddler Full Certificate adult learners will complete the two phases of the MGTEI training program in a total of 960 contact hours, including 560 academic hours (with 20 hours of documented observation). The adult learner completes a minimum of 60 hours of course work in-residence before starting the practicum phase. The course is expected to be completed in 10-12 months. See tables Course Components and Course Schedule for detailed breakdown (click here).
The Practicum Phase
Adult learners are required to complete a 10–12-month, 400-hour practicum internship, which include 16 hours Weekend Seminars. The practicum site must be an IMC approved Montessori Infant/Toddler classroom or a Montessori Parent/Infant program. See table Practicum Seminars Schedule for details (click here).
This intern-teaching phase must take place in a Montessori classroom for children birth-3 years of age. Exceptions may be made for an alternative age grouping, at the discretion of the Director of the program, but a minimum of a 2-year grouping within the 0-3 age range is required.
Classroom must be well equipped with the Montessori curriculum materials and prepared accordingly to Montessori principles for this age group, facilitating the development of children ages birth through 3 years. Supervising Teacher must meet the criteria for supervision and Montessori best practices must be followed.