Elementary Teacher Certification
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 500 clock hours of classroom lecture, demonstration and independent research. Courses cover:
- Biological Sciences
- Physical Sciences
- Curriculum Design and Strategies
- Classroom Leadership
- Montessori Philosophy / Theory
- Practical Life
- Child Development
- Movement and Physical Education
- Fine Arts
The diploma requires that all adult learners complete an extensive practicum (i.e. teaching practice). Each will complete 1080 hours of practicum: a minimum of six hours per day, five days a week for nine consecutive months under the supervision of a mentor teacher certified for Elementary. 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