Early Childhood Teacher Certification

Academic Phase

This program is an applicant in good standing with Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE). The academic phase includes lectures, demonstrations, dialogue, materials practice, small group projects, personal research presentations, seminars and curriculum development over a minimum period of one year.  Learners will be expected to complete 566 clock hours of classroom lecture, demonstration and independent research. Courses cover:

  • Montessori Philosophy & Human Development
  • Observation
  • Practical Life and Everyday Living
  • Sensorial Development
  • Mathematics
  • Language
  • Cultural Studies
  • Movement
  • Fine Arts
  • Class Leadership
  • Independent Study / Research


The diploma requires that all adult learners complete an extensive practicum (i.e. teaching practice).  Each will complete 540 hours of practicum: a minimum of three hours per day, five days a week, for nine consecutive months under the supervision of a mentor teacher certified for early childhood. To begin the practicum phase, adult learners must have completed 60% of the academic phase.  Practicum sites must be pre-approved by DMC. Further details are in the handbook


Adult learner will be evaluated based on a satisfactory completion of:

  • Nine-month practicum experience.
  • Portfolio Assessment 
  • Yearlong project
  • Examinations 
  • Assignments


Applicant for accreditation status in no way determines the outcome of the accreditation decision by MACTE.

Next Cohort starts March 2019

Part Time [Weekend] Program