2013–2014 Montessori Education Courses

 

MONT 601 Foundations of Montessori Education (4)

Provides the historical and philosophical foundations for understanding Montessori’s view of human life and development: physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual. The course focuses on the philosophical and educational theories that provide the basis of the Montessori method, and includes the history of the method and how the principles evolved.

       
MONT 603 Introduction to Inclusive Education (1)

This course teaches students the intersections of Montessori teaching principles and special education instructional methods. Students will learn the types of cognitive and physical disabilities that some students bring to schools and the laws regarding students with disabilities. Students will also learn how to work with special education teachers to serve students with disabilities. Prerequisite: MONT 601.

       
MONT 604 Great Lessons (1)

An examination of “The Five Great Lessons” that serve as the framework for the lower elementary classroom. These lessons are: The Story of the Universe, The Story of Life, The Story of Humans, The Story of Language, and The Story of Signs and Symbols. Each lesson, or story, acts as a catalyst for further research and study throughout the subject areas. These Great Lessons serve to connect different subject areas to each other, so students come to understand the unifying nature of knowledge. Prerequisite: MONT 601.

       
MONT 611 Early Childhood Practical Life and Sensorial Education (2)

The goals of coordination of movement, independence, concentration and development of the sense of order as approached through Montessori practical life pedagogy. Emphasis on the cycle of activity and its process and the analysis of movement involved in the area of practical life. Prerequisite: MONT 601.

       
MONT 613 Early Childhood Music and Movement (1)

The study of early childhood music and movement is presented as a developmental process of absorption, exploration, and self-expression, with an emphasis on various present and historical cultures. Physical education is presented as movement, which may include the development of the body through exploration, cooperative play, rhythms, and dance. Prerequisite: MONT 601.

       
MONT 614 Early Childhood Mathematics (2)

Presenting the basic skills of mathematics using developmental materials. Emphasis on process: from the numbers 1–10 through the decimal system, the operations of arithmetic, and memorization of basic facts. Includes supervised practice with materials. Prerequisite: MONT 601.

       
MONT 615 Early Childhood Language Arts and Literacy (2)

Analysis of language as spoken and written communication. Rationale for the sensory-motor involvement with emphasis on the sequence of skills to be developed to assist the child’s natural growth toward effective spoken and written communication. Oral language, phonetic analysis, initial writing, handwriting skills, early literacy, and beginning grammar skills are taught as a foundation for total reading. Prerequisite: MONT 601.

       
MONT 616 Early Childhood Social Studies (1)

Social studies includes exposure to geography and history from the Montessori perspective. An emphasis is placed on the holistic approach. Prerequisite: MONT 601.

       
MONT 617 Early Childhood Art (1)

Art is presented as exploration of media and a means to self-expression with an emphasis on variety. The process of an art activity rather than the product is emphasized. A cultural and historical component is included. Prerequisite: MONT 601.

       
MONT 618 Early Childhood Science (1)

Observation of scientific phenomena through simple experiments that involve children and their intrinsic interests. The study of biology also is introduced, including a division into botany and zoology. Prerequisite: MONT 601.

       
MONT 632 Elementary I Social Studies (2)
The curriculum of Practical Life is studied in overview, with particular emphasis on the elementary classroom. You learn how to prepare the exercises of Practical Life and to analyze each child’s development of independence, sense of order, coordination and concentration that occurs from using the exercises. Social studies includes exposure to geography and history from the Montessori perspective. Introductory work is also presented in the areas of paleontology, archeology, geology and other earth and physical sciences. An emphasis is placed on the holistic approach in all areas. Prerequisite: MONT 601
       
MONT 633 Elementary I Mathematics I (2)

Teaching of the basic skills and nomenclature of mathematics, including arithmetic and geometry, using the Montessori materials. Includes a study of numbers, the decimal system, the four operations, fractions, some algebra, a sensorial introduction to shape, a thorough study of geometric shapes, especially plane and other topics accompanied by theory and rationale. Emphasis is on curriculum development, materials, methodology, and the development of mathematical literacy. Prerequisite: MONT 601.

       
MONT 634 Elementary I Language Arts and Literacy I (2)

This course explores the Montessori curriculum, materials and methodology for language arts and literacy. The course includes an analysis of language as spoken and written communication. Reading, writing, grammar and speaking skills are taught in a developmental sequence. Prerequisite: MONT 601.

       
MONT 635 Elementary I Music and Movement (1)

The study of music and movement is presented as a developmental process of exploration, absorption, and self-expression, with an emphasis on various present and historical cultures. Montessori materials and theory are utilized. Movement includes the development of the body through exploration, games, cooperative play, rhythms, and dance. Prerequisite: MONT 601.

       
MONT 636 Elementary I Biology (1)

This course provides thorough coverage of the Montessori biology curriculum including a division into botany and zoology, and the methods and materials for teaching. Emphasis is on curriculum development, materials, methodology, and understanding of biology. Prerequisite: MONT 601.

       
MONT 637 Elementary I Art (1)

The study of art is presented as a developmental process of exploration, absorption, and self-expression, using an approach emphasizing various present and historical cultures. Prerequisite: MONT 601.

       
MONT 638 Applied Methods in Elementary I Mathematics (1)

Teaching of the basic skills and nomenclature of mathematics, including arithmetic and geometry, using the Montessori materials. Includes a study of numbers, the decimal system, the four operations, fractions, some algebra, a sensorial introduction to shape, a thorough study of geometric shapes, especially plane and other topics accompanied by theory and rationale. Emphasis is on curriculum development, materials, methodology and the development of mathematical literacy. Prerequisite: MONT 601, 633.

       
MONT 639 Elementary  Classroom Management & Leadership (1)

This intensive course will focus on five areas of management in the Montessori elementary classroom. These areas are Managing the Environment, Managing the Work, Managing Planning and Records, Managing Time, and Managing Behavior. As a part of Managing Planning and Records, particular emphasis will be placed on developing Montessori oriented lesson plans, lesson giving schedules, follow-up records, and student notebooks.

       
MONT 651 Early Childhood Student Teaching I (2)
  652 Early Childhood Student Teaching II (2)

Supervised internship practicum in approved sites as specified in the American Montessori Society accreditation guidelines. Attendance is required at a bi-weekly practicum seminar with materials, including spontaneous problem solving and support sessions once per week throughout the school year. (Out-of-town students must arrange supervised practice and seminar each week with their supervising teacher.) Practicum seminar includes Montessori materials and problem-solving sessions. Students who are doing their practicum away from the college pay all additional costs of observation by a practicum coordinator. Prerequisites: acceptance into the Montessori program and completion of summer program. Prerequisite: MONT 601.

       
MONT 653 Elementary Student Teaching I (2)
  654 Elementary Student Teaching II (2)

Supervised internship practicum in approved sites as specified in the American Montessori Society accreditation guidelines. Attendance is required at a bi-weekly practicum seminar with materials, including spontaneous problem solving and support sessions once per week throughout the school year. (Out-of-town students must arrange supervised practice and seminar each week with their supervising teacher.) Practicum seminar includes Montessori materials and problem-solving sessions. Students who are doing their practicum away from the University pay all additional costs of observation by the practicum coordinator. Prerequisites: acceptance into the Montessori program and completion of summer program. Prerequisite: MONT 601.

       
MONT 655 Early Childhood Projects I (1)
  656 Elementary I Seminars and Projects II (1)

Bi-weekly supervised practice lab with materials, including spontaneous problem solving and support sessions throughout the school year. Required attendance. (Out-of-town students must arrange supervised practice each week.) This course also includes individualized work on preparing assigned Montessori albums and materials in the areas of practical life, arithmetic, geometry, language, biology, social studies and others as assigned. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Montessori program and completion of summer program. Prerequisite: MONT 601.

       
MONT 690 Directed Studies (1–4)

Pursuit of a topic of interest to the student. Requires consent of instructor and approval of the Montessori Program director.

       
MONT 699 Written and Oral Examination (1)

Intensive practice to prepare for oral examination in five subject areas:  Practical Life, Language, Sensorial Education, Mathematics, and Geography. The course concludes with a 3 ½ hour oral examination in which students will be asked to present randomly selected lessons, explain their rationale and sequence and make connections with other subject areas. They will also be required to show an understanding of classroom management and child development. Prerequisite: completion of all other requirements for the Early Childhood or Lower Elementary Certificate. Prerequisite: MONT 601.