Course Descriptions

All courses have EDM prefixes

600 Introduction to Montessori (3)

Examines Montessori philosophy, theory, teaching strategies, rationale, and basic methodology for the materials in the areas of the curriculum.

601 Montessori Methods and Materials I (3)

Introduces students to the philosophy and rationale for everyday living and sensory-motor curriculum areas. Students learn how to design and maintain developmentally appropriate activities in those two areas for the young child.

602 Montessori Methods and Materials II (4)

Examines how a child develops linguistic skills and presents strategies for facilitating development in a holistic foundation for the understanding of quantity and the development of number sense through specially-designed hands-on materials sequenced to correspond with the child's development.

603 Montessori and Child Development (3)

Explores the philosophy, theory, and strategies of the Montessori approach to early childhood and elementary education. The course is designed to provide a background for understanding the sequence of normal human development, the study and practice of objective observation, and its use as an assessment tool for educational planning.

605 Language Arts for Montessori Teachers (3)

Includes a comprehensive approach to a whole language arts curriculum through the use of imaginative, multisensorial, manipulative materials in sequential lessons. The course consists of a comprehensive approach to literacy development including listening, speaking, reading, creative writing, grammar, sentence analysis, the history of language and research skills.

607 Humanities in the Montessori Early Childhood Classroom (3)

Includes the teaching of history, physical and cultural geography, fine arts, and the performance arts (drama, music, and movement/dance). Emphasis is placed on the role of the related arts in the development of the young child and how activities in these areas can be incorporated into the day's schedule.

626 Sciences in the Montessori Early childhood Classroom (3)

Explores ways of broadening one's horizons in physical, biological, earth and space sciences while nurturing a sense of wonder and spirit of inquiry inherent in each student.

628 Life Sciences for Montessori Teachers (3)

Examines methods to initiate children in the skills for observing, identifying, classifying, and organizing information concerning plants, animals and humans and understanding their life functions. Health education, physical and outdoor education, and conservation are included in the interdisciplinary course.

629 Physical/Social Sciences for Montessori Teachers (3)

Introduces beginning concepts of geography, history and physical sciences through hands-on materials, experiments, and stories. The course seeks to awaken a sense of wonder and an appreciation of the earth's history through the time line of life and the role of humans in the evolution of life through the timeline of people.

631 Math I or the Montessori Teacher (3)

Mathematics is approached as a problem-solving activity using hands-on materials to develop mathematical reasoning, number sense, and operation sense. Course includes a brief history of mathematics and a look at the mathematical nature of the child's mind.

632 Math II for the Montessori Teacher (3)

Continues the methods of teaching basic mathematical concepts and topics such as factors, multiples, fractions, and algebra with concrete materials. Demonstrates techniques for bridging the passage of mathematical computation from the concrete to the abstract.

633 Humanities in the Montessori Classroom (3)

Presents a variety of ways of integrating music, drama, dance and the visual arts into the daily curriculum. Explores strategies for strengthening literacy skills of the older elementary child with special emphasis on grammar, literature and reading in the content area.

640 Montessori Early Childhood Curriculum

Designed for the Montessori Specialist Degree candidate with specialization in Elementary Education, the course presents an integrated view of philosophy, instructional strategies and the didactic apparatus used in the early childhood (ages 3 to 6 years) prepared environment. Special attention is given to how a young child learns through observation, through the use of concrete objects, and through movement.

641 Montessori Elementary Curriculum

Designed for the Montessori Specialist Degree candidate with specialization in Early Childhood Education, the course presents an integrated view of language arts, mathematics, the sciences and humanities environment. Special attention is given to how an elementary student learns through cooperative learning with peers.

649 Management for Montessori Teachers (3)

Equips the students with the necessary knowledge and skills in classroom management, record -keeping, curriculum and environment design and human relationship skills to successfully implement the Montessori approach in the classroom and interpret classroom observations to the public.

656 Practicum I (3)

Student teacher applies Montessori instructional strategies in implementing early childhood curriculum with supervision by a certified Montessori teacher. Student is visited three times during the semester. One on one consultation is given by University instructor during these visits.

657 Practicum II (3)

Continues the application of Montessori curriculum and instructional strategies with assistance from a certified Montessori teacher and a University professor

659 Practicum I (3)

Involves the implementation of the Montessori elementary curriculum in an approved site. Montessori elementary certified teacher and a University advisor. Student is visited three times during the semester. One on one consultation is given by University instructor during these visits.

660 Practicum II (3)

Continues the implementation of the Montessori elementary curriculum with consultation with a University advisor.