The two-semester practicum gives you an opportunity to implement theory into practice with support from the University and the cooperating practicum site. During this period of implementation, standards set by the American Montessori Society and the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education are used as guidelines in designing a structure to assist the student teacher in acquiring the competencies required of an elementary program or early childhood specialist.
It is the program's hope that you experience growth in the personal, professional, and leadership dimensions during this period. Through your initiative and the support of the cooperating personnel involved, the practicum experience will help you acquire the ability to:
- identify the learning needs of each student.
- integrate the knowledge, understanding, skills, and values necessary to meet individual and group developmental needs.
- analyze data from classroom observation to improve effectiveness of instruction.
- design, organize, and implement a developmentally appropriate program for the early childhood level, ages two and a half through six years or elementary level, ages six to twelve years, in accordance with the Montessori philosophy.
- interpret student and classroom observable data to administrators, parents and the community.
Upon completion of all course and practicum requirements, you will be recommended to receive a teaching certificate for the early childhood level, ages two and a half through six years or elementary level, ages 6-12 years, from the American Montessori Society.