Jan to July Year 2 of B.Ed. level 7 programme.
Mode of Study
(2 evenings online + 3 Saturdays on campus)
Level 5 qualifications + min. 1 year experience working in an early years setting
SPECIAL OFFER – 50% OFF FOR SEP 23 (i.e. €495)
B.Ed. Montessori Year 2 P/T fee - €3,990
This course is a bridging programme which aims to bridge the gap between your existing qualifications and experience and the advanced entry point to year 2 of our Level 7 B.Ed. Montessori Education degree. Having completed the Bridging programme you will be in a position to apply, via the Recognition of Prior Learning application process, for advanced entry to Year 2.
All part-time applications are via direct application to the College.
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Applications from international learners are very welcome, though please note that this programme is not on the ILEP and therefore cannot provided Stamp 2 visa status. Please register your interest and we will be in touch with next steps.
Applicants to this programme must meet normal QQI requirements for entry to the level 7 B.ED Montessori Education programme via the Recognition of Prior Learning Application (RPL). The entry requirements are as follows:
- Level 5 qualification (e.g. Leaving Certificate or PLC course)
- Minimum 1 year professional experience in an early years or Montessori setting
Applicants must apply under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), and Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning, (RPEL), and are considered on a case by case basis. Applicants wishing to apply to the course using RPL and or RPEL must inform the College at the time of application. Each application is reviewed on a case by case basis by the RPL Committee, who convenes at set intervals throughout the year. Please be sure to make your application before the application deadline so as to ensure that your application will be reviewed in time for the upcoming RPL Committee meeting. Further details on the requirements and processes for RPL and RPEL can be found on this website on the RPL Page.
There are 4 modules to cover in the bridging programme.
MODULE 1: Montessori Education - Birth to 3
In introducing Montessori educational philosophy, Síolta and Aistear, this module will investigate how best to offer children creative, interactive environments conducive to the development of life skills such as independence, cooperation, personal care, self-regulation, exploration, problem solving and interpersonal communication. Reflection on the pedagogy of playful learning, and the role of the adult in this process, will be a key aspect of the module.
MODULE 2: Developmental and Social Psychology
This module will introduce the learner to the scientific study of human behaviour. It will begin with the history of developmental psychology before addressing key concepts. It will address issues of social psychology and will also look at current research and debates. There is a particular emphasis on the psychological theories of development pertaining to the child from prenatal through to childhood and an examination of key milestones in development will facilitate the learner‘s engagement in a range of educational settings. In studying social psychology, learners will look at the impact of media and ICT on children’s lives.
MODULE 3: Social Theory 1
This module introduces learners to key people, perspectives and concepts in the study of society. It provides a lens through which learners can observe and seek to understand their culture, and the social world around them. Learners are encouraged to think about how the ways in which they were socialised have formed their own beliefs and values, and how society with its systems and institutions has influenced their own development. In particular, learners will consider the concepts of family and the social construction of childhood.
MODULE 4: PPD: Academic Skills/ ICT Skills
This module introduces the learner to the skills and attitudes required to pursue an academic qualification. It equips the learners with the core skills, attitudes and strategies associated with meaningful study. Through workshops, group work, ICT and independent practice learners are provided with the opportunity to develop the mind-set and the academic skills that are essential pillars for successful completion of this academic programme, success in the workplace and future academic success.
SPECIAL OFFER – 50% OFF FOR SEP 23 (i.e. €495)
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is this for?
This programme is designed for existing early years educators who are seeking a QQI accredited Level 7 award. As the B.Ed. Montessori Education is recognised by the Early Years Qualifications Advisory Board (QAB), graduates are eligible to be included in quotas for the core funding room leader increased funding stream.
Learners who enrol on the Bridging programme, starting in April 2023, followed by the second year of the B.Ed. Montessori Education can gain advanced entry and rapid progression to Level 7 professional status. This programme will also add valuable knowledge and competencies in the Montessori method to your existing skill set.
Why St Nicholas Montessori College?
We are accredited by QQI and we are a founder member of the Higher Education College Association (HECA). We have been delivering education programmes since 1970 and all of our programmes our underpinned by our application of Montessori philosophy and methodology which values the unique learning potential of every human being. Our College is compact and accessible, offering learners a true sense of belonging and community in the heart of Dun Laoghaire and Cork.
I've applied, now where can I find more information on the area?
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