Sept 2024 - May 2025: Stage 3 of B.Ed. level 7
Mode of Study
(2 evenings online + up to 3 Sat/month on campus)
For more info, click the "Admissions" tab below (under Programme Information).
SPECIAL OFFER – 50% OFF FOR SEP 23 (i.e. €495)
Year 3 P/T Fee - €3,990
The Top -Up Bridging Programme is designed to bridge the gap between your existing qualifications and those needed for entry to Stage 3 (award year L7, ordinary degree) of the B.Ed. in Montessori Education.
Successful completion of the Top-Up Bridging Programme allows for progression to Stage 3 of the B.Ed. in Montessori Education.
All part-time applications are via direct application to the College.
For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. in Montessori Education programme via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
Considered for the purpose of RPL:
- Level 6 (Major award): Montessori Education
- Level 6 (Major award): Early Childhood Education
Each application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Recognition of Prior Learning Committee. If you’re uncertain whether your Level 6 (or above) Major award is in a field related to Early Childhood Education, please contact email@example.com prior to applying.
BRIDGING PROGRAMME MODULES BY STAGE
MODULE 1: Montessori Education - Birth to 3
Introducing Montessori philosophy, 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, is 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. This module investigates how best to offer children creative and interactive environments conducive to the development of life skills and executive functions. It builds 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: Sociology
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: Special Education
This module aims to introduce the learner to the concepts of differentiation and responses to diversity. It introduces learners to the fundamental challenges of planning, teaching and learning with children with additional needs aswell as taking a look at the most common additional needs presenting in Irish classrooms. The theoretical aspects of the module are linked to practice by examining how Montessori concepts, in particular those relating to sensory development and the concrete experience, can be integrated to practice to support children’s learning.
B.ED. Montessori (Early Years)
YEAR 3 PROGRAMME MODULES BY STAGE
MODULE 1: Montessori Education
This Montessori module examines Montessori theory in detail for the child moving to the next stage of development. 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. The aim of this module is to build on previous learning in Montessori curriculum modules, 101 and 201 and to recognise the ‘child in transition’. The module links with module 307 Montessori Practice 3: and 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.
MODULE 2: Psychology of Teaching and Learning
Knowledge of psychology is essential for teachers. The overall aim of this module is to address psychology as it relates to teaching and learning. Learners will investigate theories of cognition, learning and behaviour and evaluate how these theories influence teaching and learning. Learners will investigate how we gain information about the world, how it is stored and processed, how we solve problems, think and formulate language. The module will also address issues such as attention, perception and memory, language, intelligence and problem solving and representations of knowledge. This module will enable learners to challenge, formalise and build on their own prior knowledge in the area of psychology, and to relate new knowledge to their growing understanding of child development and to their practice.
MODULE 3: Philosophy of Education
An introduction to philosophy is foundational knowledge which allows early years educators to interrogate their own practice and contributes to growth and development, by helping individuals to understand their personal and professional worlds. The study of philosophy also encourages research, academic rigour and a logical approach to arguments. The aim of this module is to introduce learners to philosophical concepts and core themes in Philosophy of Education. Learners are encouraged to make links with their practice by discussing topics relevant to how children learn. Learners will be encouraged to read widely and to reflect on the moral dimensions of teaching and learning. They will also be guided towards the development of a personal philosophy of education to inform their practice.
MODULE 4: Personal and Professional Development: Research Skills
An understanding of the research process is important for all students of education and encourages the lifelong skills of locating, evaluating and using information effectively. The concepts of inquiry and critical thinking are needed as the foundation of quality practice. The aim of this module is to introduce learners to the nature of research and the research process. The module provides learners with detailed knowledge of the principles of quality research and in particular the challenges of research in education. Learners will analyse and interpret existing research on education and childhood, identifying methodologies, design, data analysis and research concepts such as bias, validity and generalisability. In particular, the module aims to familiarise learners with research as a reflective process and a collaborative activity among colleagues as a way to solve real problems and initiate change.
(This module supports learners who may wish at some point to proceed to Level 8).
MODULE 5: Introduction to School Management
This module aims to provide learners with a general knowledge of management in education. Learners will develop and acquire skills in planning, delivering and communicating in an education setting. They will also examine relevant legal and financial requirements. An understanding of basic business and management will add core competencies and skills to the graduate profile and allow graduates to pursue positions of responsibility and display management, communication and leadership skills in educational settings.
MODULE 6: Special Education
This module focuses on differentiation and responses to diversity. It introduces learners to practice and planning for children with assessed syndromes and specific learning difficulties. It outlines the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process and the importance of differentiation both in planning and in practice. The theoretical aspects of the module are linked to practice by examining how Montessori concepts, in particular those relating to sensory development and the concrete experience, can be integrated to practice to support children’s learning. This module aims to provide the learner with a deeper understanding of differentiation and responses to diversity.
MODULE 7: Montessori Practice Eearly Years: (6-9)
Placement is an integral part of the programme. It allows the learner to link practical and theoretical elements of other modules across the stage. Flexible placement options are provided to accommodate learners already working in the sector.
Top-up Bridging Programme fees: €990
SPECIAL OFFER: 50% OFF FOR SEP 23 (i.e. €495)
Stage 3, BEd Montessori Education, Level 7 Programme fees: €3990
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is this for?
This programme is designed predominantly for existing early years educators (major level 6) who are seeking an accredited Level 7 ordinary degree award. Holders of related/cognate awards, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
The B.Ed. in Montessori Education is at level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and recognised in the early years sector at the graduate premium rate for core funding.
Learners who enrol on the Bridging Programme, starting in September 2023 and who successfully move forward to the final year of the B.Ed. in Montessori Education (level 7) can attain Level 7 professional status in just over 1 year of study.
Why St Nicholas Montessori College?
We are a QQI accredited college and a founder member of the Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA). The College is compact and accessible, offering learners a true sense of belonging and community in the heart of Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.
We have been delivering accredited programmes for over 50 years, specialising in Montessori and Early Years education and Special Education. Most recently we offer a PSI-accredited undergraduate degree in psychology.