EL101 – Early Childhood Overview 3 – 6 years


An overview of the Montessori philosophy and method as it applies to 3 – 6 years of age.

Early Childhood Overview – Ages 3 to 6

This course provides an overview of the Montessori philosophy and method as it applies to 3 – 6 years of age.  Topics covered include Montessori’s stages of development, the prepared environment (including key demonstrations of materials in each of the curriculum areas) the role of the teacher, the role of the child and sensitive periods throughout this three year period.  Students attend 40 hours in classroom demonstration and lecture and 5 hours of classroom observation to complete the 45 hour requirement.

Schedule: Early Childhood Overview – Ages 3 to 6

June 12th – June 16th, 2017

Assessment: Early Childhood Overview 3 – 6 yearsLecture 04 + Lecture 05 + Quiz Scores

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals as directed.

Readings: Early Childhood Overview 3 – 6 years

  • Montessori Today by Paula Polk Lillard
  • From Childhood to Adolescence by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • To Educate the Human Potential by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Formation of Man by Dr. Maria Montessori

Suggested Readings:

  • The Advanced Montessori Method 1 by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Advanced Montessori Method 2 by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Montessori Controversy by Dr. John Chattin-McNichols
  • The TAO of Montessori by Catherine McTamaney
  • Children of the Universe by Michael and D’Neil Duffy
  • Montessori Matters Manual
  • Montessori Matters Language Manual

EL102 – Human Development


Covers current theories & developmental processes of the elementary child’s physical, social, and personality development.

Human Development

This course covers current theories and developmental processes of the elementary child’s physical, social, and personality development; language development; cognitive and logico-mathematical development; and the child’s relationship to the culture.

Schedule: Human Development

September 16th & September 17th, 2017

Assessment: Human Development

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals

Readings: Human Development

  • Montessori Today by Paula Polk Lillard
  • From Childhood to Adolescence by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • To Educate the Human Potential by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Formation of Man by Dr. Maria Montessori

Suggested Readings:

  • The Advanced Montessori Method 1 by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Advanced Montessori Method 2 by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Montessori Controversy by Dr. John Chattin-McNichols
  • The TAO of Montessori by Catherine McTamaney
  • Children of the Universe by Michael and D’Neil Duffy
  • Montessori Matters Manual
  • Montessori Matters Language Manual

EL103 – Montessori Philosophy


Covers Dr. Maria Montessori’s view of child development including the four planes of development.

Montessori Philosophy

This course covers Dr. Maria Montessori’s view of child development including the four planes of development; the development of intelligence; the development of language; moral development; and social development.

Schedule: Montessori Philosophy

June 19th – June 21st, 2017

Assessment: Montessori Philosophy

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals

Readings: Montessori Philosophy

  • Montessori Today by Paula Polk Lillard
  • From Childhood to Adolescence by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • To Educate the Human Potential by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Formation of Man by Dr. Maria Montessori

Suggested Readings:

  • The Advanced Montessori Method 1 by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Advanced Montessori Method 2 by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Montessori Controversy by Dr. John Chattin-McNichols
  • The TAO of Montessori by Catherine McTamaney
  • Children of the Universe by Michael and D’Neil Duffy
  • Montessori Matters Manual
  • Montessori Matters Language Manual

EL104 – History


History Topics & Concepts and History Course Design

History

This course will cover time concepts, needs of humans, formation of the earth, and evolution (timeline of life).   The course also covers theories of curriculum development and reconfiguration of current learning materials.

Schedule: History

July 18th – July 24th, 2017

Assessment: History

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals

Readings: History

  • Montessori Today by Paula Polk Lillard
  • From Childhood to Adolescence by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • To Educate the Human Potential by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Formation of Man by Dr. Maria Montessori

Suggested Readings:

  • The Advanced Montessori Method 1 by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Advanced Montessori Method 2 by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Montessori Controversy by Dr. John Chattin-McNichols
  • The TAO of Montessori by Catherine McTamaney
  • Children of the Universe by Michael and D’Neil Duffy
  • Montessori Matters Manual
  • Montessori Matters Language Manual

EL105 – Geography


Political & Physical Geography and Course Design

Geography

This course will cover political geography, physical geography including landforms and classified nomenclature, weather, and planet and space.  The course also covers theories of curriculum development and reconfiguration of current learning materials.

Schedule: Geography

July 18th – July 24th, 2017

Assessment: Geography

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals.

Readings: Geography

  • Montessori Today by Paula Polk Lillard
  • From Childhood to Adolescence by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • To Educate the Human Potential by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Formation of Man by Dr. Maria Montessori

Suggested Readings:

  • The Advanced Montessori Method 1 by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Advanced Montessori Method 2 by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Montessori Controversy by Dr. John Chattin-McNichols
  • The TAO of Montessori by Catherine McTamaney
  • Children of the Universe by Michael and D’Neil Duffy
  • Montessori Matters Manual
  • Montessori Matters Language Manual

EL106 – Language A


Oral language, reading and writing, structural analysis, literature, library/reference skills, and research skill

Language A

This course covers oral language, reading and writing, structural analysis, literature, library/reference skills, and research skill.  The course also covers theories of curriculum development, creation of original materials, and reconfiguration of current learning materials.

Schedule: Language A

July 10th – July 14th, 2017

Assessment: Language A

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manual.

Readings: Language A

  • Montessori Today by Paula Polk Lillard
  • From Childhood to Adolescence by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • To Educate the Human Potential by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Formation of Man by Dr. Maria Montessori

Suggested Readings:

  • The Advanced Montessori Method 1 by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Advanced Montessori Method 2 by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Montessori Controversy by Dr. John Chattin-McNichols
  • The TAO of Montessori by Catherine McTamaney
  • Children of the Universe by Michael and D’Neil Duffy
  • Montessori Matters Manual
  • Montessori Matters Language Manual

EL107 – Biology


The animal kingdom: classification of external and internal parts, and habitat; and botany nomenclature and classification.

Biology

This course covers the animal kingdom:  classification of external and internal parts, and habitat; and botany nomenclature and classification.  The course also covers theories of curriculum development, creation of original material, and reconfiguration of current learning materials.

Schedule: Biology

October 7th & December 3rd, 2017

Assessment: Biology

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals as directed.

Readings: Biology

  • Montessori Today by Paula Polk Lillard
  • From Childhood to Adolescence by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • To Educate the Human Potential by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Formation of Man by Dr. Maria Montessori

Suggested Readings:

  • The Advanced Montessori Method 1 by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Advanced Montessori Method 2 by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Montessori Controversy by Dr. John Chattin-McNichols
  • The TAO of Montessori by Catherine McTamaney
  • Children of the Universe by Michael and D’Neil Duffy
  • Montessori Matters Manual
  • Montessori Matters Language Manual

EL108 – Geometry & Fractions


Geometric forms and nomenclature; equivalence, congruence, and similarity. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions.

Geometry & Fractions

This course covers geometric forms and nomenclature; equivalence, congruence, and similarity; introduction and equivalence of fractions; and addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions.  The course also covers curriculum development, creation of original materials, lesson extensions and reconfiguration of current learning materials.

Schedule: Geometry & Fractions

July 5th – July 7th, 2017

Assessment: Geometry & Fractions

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals.

Readings: Geometry & Fractions

  • Montessori Today by Paula Polk Lillard
  • From Childhood to Adolescence by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • To Educate the Human Potential by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Formation of Man by Dr. Maria Montessori

Suggested Readings:

  • The Advanced Montessori Method 1 by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Advanced Montessori Method 2 by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Montessori Controversy by Dr. John Chattin-McNichols
  • The TAO of Montessori by Catherine McTamaney
  • Children of the Universe by Michael and D’Neil Duffy
  • Montessori Matters Manual
  • Montessori Matters Language Manual

EL109 – Mathematics


Linear counting, numeration, the decimal system, the four fundamental operations, graphic visual representations, and the passage to abstraction

Mathematics

This course covers linear counting, numeration, the decimal system, the four fundamental operations, graphic visual representations, and the passage to abstraction.  The course also covers curriculum development, creation of original material, lesson extensions and reconfiguration of current learning materials.

Schedule: Mathematics

June 22nd – June 30th, 2017

Assessment: Mathematics

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals.

Readings: Mathematics

  • Montessori Today by Paula Polk Lillard
  • From Childhood to Adolescence by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • To Educate the Human Potential by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Formation of Man by Dr. Maria Montessori

Suggested Readings:

  • The Advanced Montessori Method 1 by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Advanced Montessori Method 2 by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Montessori Controversy by Dr. John Chattin-McNichols
  • The TAO of Montessori by Catherine McTamaney
  • Children of the Universe by Michael and D’Neil Duffy
  • Montessori Matters Manual
  • Montessori Matters Language Manual

EL110 – Classroom Leadership


Fundamentals of starting a classroom, scheduling, and curriculum development

Classroom Leadership

Course covers starting a classroom, preparation of the schedule and the physical environment, curriculum development, spiritual/psychological conditions of the environment, and the role of the teacher:  as initiator, observer, group leader, records keeper.

Schedule: Classroom Leadership

July 25th, July 26th, October 8th, 2017

Assessment: Classroom Leadership

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals.

Readings: Classroom Leadership

  • Montessori Today by Paula Polk Lillard
  • From Childhood to Adolescence by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • To Educate the Human Potential by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Formation of Man by Dr. Maria Montessori

Suggested Readings:

  • The Advanced Montessori Method 1 by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Advanced Montessori Method 2 by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Montessori Controversy by Dr. John Chattin-McNichols
  • The TAO of Montessori by Catherine McTamaney
  • Children of the Universe by Michael and D’Neil Duffy
  • Montessori Matters Manual
  • Montessori Matters Language Manual

EL111 – Practicum I


Practicum site work and on-site supervisor visits

Practicum I

Students will work in their practicum site six hours per day, five days per week for their fall semester. This course includes on-site visits by practicum supervisor to interns at their practicum sites.

Schedule: Practicum I

August through December 2017

Assessment: Practicum I

Students in the practicum phase of the course, i.e., interns, must work in an approved Montessori Early Childhood setting a minimum of 3 hours per day, five days per week, for one full academic school year (540 hours). SMTTI is not responsible for finding a practicum site for students. It is the student’s responsibility to find an approved school to complete the required practicum.  There are 16 hours of required practicum seminars. Interns must attend all intern seminars.  Seminar dates are included in the schedule of courses (Gardening & Special Needs).  Interns will be visited three times by a field supervisor during the course of the academic school year.  Each visit will be a minimum of one hour and will be followed by a thirty minute conference with the field supervisor. It is the intern’s responsibility to arrange in advance for class coverage in order to meet with the field supervisor privately for the thirty minute conference. Practicum Supervisor will meet with supervising teacher or school director for a discussion on student’s progress after meeting with the student. Students are required to document all practicum hours.  Administration must sign off that the student has completed the required hours and send signed document to SMTTI on school stationary before the student’s transcript can be sent to AMS for credentialing.

EL112 – Practicum II


Practicum site work and on-site supervisor visits

Practicum II

Students will work in their practicum site six hours per day, five days per week for their spring semester. This course includes on-site visits by practicum supervisor to interns at their practicum sites.

Schedule: Practicum II

January – June 2018

Assessment: Practicum II

Students in the practicum phase of the course, i.e., interns, must work in an approved Montessori Early Childhood setting a minimum of 3 hours per day, five days per week, for one full academic school year (540 hours). SMTTI is not responsible for finding a practicum site for students. It is the student’s responsibility to find an approved school to complete the required practicum.  There are 16 hours of required practicum seminars. Interns must attend all intern seminars.  Seminar dates are included in the schedule of courses (Gardening & Special Needs).  Interns will be visited three times by a field supervisor during the course of the academic school year.  Each visit will be a minimum of one hour and will be followed by a thirty minute conference with the field supervisor. It is the intern’s responsibility to arrange in advance for class coverage in order to meet with the field supervisor privately for the thirty minute conference. Practicum Supervisor will meet with supervising teacher or school director for a discussion on student’s progress after meeting with the student. Students are required to document all practicum hours.  Administration must sign off that the student has completed the required hours and send signed document to SMTTI on school stationary before the student’s transcript can be sent to AMS for credentialing.

EL113 – Practicum/Seminars


On-site at your practicum site, intern seminars, final performance and written exams, and completion and presentation of a yearlong project.

Practicum/Seminars

Students will work in their practicum site (an approved Elementary I classroom) six hours per day, five days per week for nine consecutive months (36 weeks = 1080 hours).

Schedule: Practicum/Seminars

The practicum seminar lasts for one academic calendar year.

Assessment: Practicum/Seminars

This course includes on-site visits to interns at their practicum sites, intern seminars, final performance and written exams, and completion and presentation of a yearlong project.

EL114 – Language B


Elementary Montessori grammar

Language B

This course will cover Montessori elementary grammar.

Schedule: Language B

July 7th, 2017

Assessment: Language B

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals.

Readings: Language B

  • Montessori Today by Paula Polk Lillard
  • From Childhood to Adolescence by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • To Educate the Human Potential by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Formation of Man by Dr. Maria Montessori

EL115 – Practical Life


Personal hygiene skills, care of the home, care of the classroom, care of plants and animals, etiquette, job skills, camping, economics, and community service projects

Practical Life

This course covers personal hygiene skills, care of the home, care of the classroom, care of plants and animals, etiquette, job skills, camping, economics, and community service projects.  The course also covers reconfiguration of current learning materials.

Schedule: Practical Life

November 4th & 5th, 2017

Assessment: Practical Life

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals as directed.

Readings: Practical Life

  • Montessori Today by Paula Polk Lillard
  • From Childhood to Adolescence by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • To Educate the Human Potential by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Formation of Man by Dr. Maria Montessori

EL116 – Math Word Problems


The thinking skills required to successfully understand and master word problems

Math Word Problems

This course covers how to effectively teach the thinking skills required to successfully understand and master word problems. The Singapore Math Method will be the basis for the workshop. This course also covers curriculum development, creation of original materials, and reconfiguration of current learning materials.

Schedule: Math Word Problems

January 20th, 2018

Assessment: Math Word Problems

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals.

Readings: Math Word Problems

  • Montessori Today by Paula Polk Lillard
  • From Childhood to Adolescence by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • To Educate the Human Potential by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Formation of Man by Dr. Maria Montessori

EL117 – Exams


Lower Elementary Exams

Lower Elementary Exams

This course includes performance exams in language, mathematics, geometry, fractions, biology (botany and zoology), history, and geography; written exams in language, mathematics, geometry, fractions, biology, history, geography, and philosophy; presentation of a year-long project; and presentation of a case study.

Schedule: Lower Elementary Exams

June 2, 2018

Assessment: Lower Elementary Exams

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals.

EL118 – Art


Art history, two-dimensional and three-dimensional art techniques, and craft activities

Art

This course covers art history, two-dimensional and three-dimensional art techniques, and developmentally appropriate craft activities.  This course also covers theories of curriculum development and reconfiguration of current learning materials.

Schedule: Art

October 22nd, 2017& April 22nd, 2018

Assessment: Art

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals.

Readings: Art

  • Montessori Today by Paula Polk Lillard
  • From Childhood to Adolescence by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • To Educate the Human Potential by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Formation of Man by Dr. Maria Montessori

EL119 – Music & Movement


Classical music, contemporary music, dance, music theory, and cooperative games

Music & Movement

This course covers classical music, contemporary music, dance, music theory, and cooperative games.  The course also covers theories of curriculum development and reconfiguration of current learning materials.

Schedule: Music & Movement

January 21st  & April 21st, 2018

Assessment: Music & Movement

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals.

Readings: Music & Movement

  • Montessori Today by Paula Polk Lillard
  • From Childhood to Adolescence by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • To Educate the Human Potential by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Formation of Man by Dr. Maria Montessori

EL121 – Personal Growth & Spiritual Development


The teacher as a critical element of the environment.

Personal Growth & Spiritual Development

This course covers the evolvement of the teacher as a critical element of the environment. It will introduce several stress management strategies and delve into the “Spirit of the Teacher”. Several experiential activities to uncover personal growth opportunities will be included.

Schedule: Personal Growth & Spiritual Development

March 3rd & March 4th, 2018

Assessment: Personal Growth & Spiritual Development

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals.

Readings: Personal Growth & Spiritual Development

  • Montessori Today by Paula Polk Lillard
  • From Childhood to Adolescence by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • To Educate the Human Potential by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Formation of Man by Dr. Maria Montessori

Suggested Readings:

  • The Advanced Montessori Method 1 by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Advanced Montessori Method 2 by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Montessori Controversy by Dr. John Chattin-McNichols
  • The TAO of Montessori by Catherine McTamaney
  • Children of the Universe by Michael and D’Neil Duffy
  • Montessori Matters Manual
  • Montessori Matters Language Manual

EL122 – Community Building & Peace


Strategies & practices that create and sustain a cooperative, collaborative and peaceful learning community.

Community Building/Peace

This course focuses on the strategies and practices that create and sustain a cooperative, collaborative and peaceful learning community. It starts with the individual and moves out in concentric circles to classroom, school, local community and global community. We address the very fundamental concept of creating connection among the group individuals. Based on brain research, the state of connectedness facilitates full brain integration allowing optimal learning and receptiveness. It has also been determined that humans choose to behave based on their level of positive connection to each other (social group). Participants will be armed with a toolbox of concrete activities that will transform themselves, their classrooms and environments.

Schedule: Community Building & Peace

May 5th & May 6th, 2018

Assessment: Community Building & Peace

The student must satisfactorily complete written and practical evaluations for both academic and practicum phases as well as complete all in-class assignments and classroom manuals.

Readings: Community Building & Peace

  • Montessori Today by Paula Polk Lillard
  • From Childhood to Adolescence by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • To Educate the Human Potential by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Formation of Man by Dr. Maria Montessori

Suggested Readings:

  • The Advanced Montessori Method 1 by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Advanced Montessori Method 2 by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Montessori Controversy by Dr. John Chattin-McNichols
  • The TAO of Montessori by Catherine McTamaney
  • Children of the Universe by Michael and D’Neil Duffy
  • Montessori Matters Manual
  • Montessori Matters Language Manual