Elementary I Course Cycle

Montessori Opportunities’ Elementary I teacher education program is divided into two phases: the academic (instructional) phase and the practicum (student teaching) phase.

Academic Phase:

The academic phase is comprised of a minimum of 360 instructional hours, that includes both classroom instruction and independent study during two summers and seminar weekends during the intervening and following school years.

An additional 45 hours of Montessori Early Childhood Program overview is given for those students who do not hold a Montessori Early Childhood certificate.

Practicum Phase:

(Practicum teaching must be done at the level of training of this course – Elementary I – Grades 1-3)

The Practicum (Student Teaching) Phase adheres to one of the two options listed below:

Option 1

Begins in September following the first summer of training and continues at least through the first half of the second school year. This component is comprised of 6 hours per day, 5 days a week for a minimum one and one-half school years. This Practicum Phase takes place in an approved Montessori Elementary I environment.

Option 2

Begins in September following the second summer of training and continues through that school year. This component is comprised of 6 hours per day, 5 days a week for nine consecutive months. This Practicum Phase takes place in an approved Montessori Elementary I environment.

PRACTICUM REQUIREMENTS

A Practicum (Student Teaching) is required for the successful completion of the Montessori Opportunities’ Elementary I, teacher preparation. The student is required to teach in an approved Montessori Elementary Class at the 6 – 9 age level for the period prescribed for this course cycle. Montessori Opportunities has adopted the guidelines set forth by the American Montessori Society for the student’s eligibility to enter into the practicum phase of the program.

Supervising Teacher Model

Students, teaching in a classroom with supervising teacher, will receive a minimum of 3 visits by a Montessori Opportunities field consultant.

Self-Directed Model

Students, teaching in a classroom without a supervising teacher, will receive a minimum of 5 visits by a Montessori Opportunities field consultant.

No part of the Practicum phase may precede the beginning of the academic phase of the program. A Director will certify that a student is eligible to enter into the Practicum phase of the educational program.

Graduate Credit Available

Graduates of Montessori Opportunities can use their Montessori training to count for credit hours from Plymouth State University  and then take additional on-line or on campus courses to earn a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Plymouth State University.  Because Montessori Opportunities is part of the Seacoast Center - Plymouth State University Partnership Alliance, graduates of  Montessori Opportunities can receive reduced fees for the credits and expedited portfolio analysis through Seacoast Center to obtain a Masters Degree in Education through Plymouth State University.  More information on this program can be found at the Seacoast Center.