1 Saturday workshop (on premise) per month*
*Dependent on COVID-19 restrictions
Mode of Study
Online PM Weekly Classes
7 Face to Face workshops*
*Dependent on COVID-19 restrictions
Instalment plans available
This course provides an introduction to Montessori philosophy and methodology for educating children from birth to 9 years old. The course includes three 10 credit modules covering the 3 stages (or planes) of development as identified by Maria Montessori.
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.
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: Montessori Education - 3 to 6
The overall aim of the module is to provide learners with the knowledge and skills to create environments for children in the early years, where the focus is on the child as an active agent of his/her own education. Using knowledge of Montessori Educational philosophy and Síolta and Aistear, this module will investigate how best to offer children creative and interactive environments conducive to the development of life skills and executive functions. This module will build on module 1, continuing to highlight the importance of sensory and concrete learning activities, literacy and numeracy skills and inclusive practice. The module will also introduce the issue of ICT and discuss the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ of technology for digital natives, in the early years.
MODULE 3: Montessori Education - 6 to 9
This Montessori module is integral to the programme. It examines Montessori theory in detail for the child from six to nine years. In particular it examines Montessori’s concepts of Cosmic Education which sees the child as an active participant in the ‘adventure’ of the universe, and ‘Metamorphosis’, which acknowledges the child as s/he transitions into a new plane of development.
Research indicates that the transition from preschool to primary school is recognised nationally and internationally as a very important time in children’s lives and poor communication between preschools and primary schools is a barrier to successful transition for children (O’Kane 2007; 2016). International research argues for a greater level of continuity between preschools and primary schools. A need to develop supportive relationships between the two is noted as being critical (Grieshaber, 2009; Bablett et al., 2011; Petriwskyi, 2013, cited in O’Kane, 2016).
The aim of this module is to build on previous learning in Montessori curriculum modules, 1 and 2 and to recognise the ‘child in transition’. The module will stress the importance of language experiences, oral expression, listening, written skills, literature, and creative writing and the importance of the teacher as the person best placed, after parents, to influence children in their reading habits.
This module will build on previous debate on the issue of technology, to introduce learners to a range of ICT software and digital devices to allow children to develop a positive attitude towards the use of digital technology and to be active, creative and critical learners.
 O’Kane (2016) Transitions from Preschool to Primary School. NCCA Report No. 19
Bridging fees = €2,325 per year (€775 per module)
Newly enrolling students must pay a €500 deposit to secure a place. The deposit will be deducted from the first year’s fees.
Instalment plans are available.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is this for?
This programme will suit all learners who have an interest in holistic childhood education from birth through early years to the first years of primary education. Existing early years professionals, those seeking to work in the profession, parents with young children and others interested in different approaches to education will all gain valuable insight from this course.
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.
Will this give me Teaching Council recognition?
No. This course is not recognised by the Teaching Council under Route 4. The course recognised by the Teaching Council is the current L8 BA Honours in Montessori Education, in which students with Early Years or Montessori degrees can apply for the Bridging Programme until Spring 2021.
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