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Our mission is to provide children with the best possible infant and toddler teacher-guides who respect the child and can support each child’s needs. Infant and toddler teacher-guides will explore the necessary materials and resources that foster the child’s growth and development. Guides will provide constructive, sensorial exploration opportunities that will encourage the child to develop a lifelong love and enthusiasm for discovery and learning.
Our vision calls upon us to prepare teacher-guides who affirm and promote the essential goodness, dignity, curiosity and freedom of all human beings. The goal of the Infant Toddler Teacher-Guide training program is to provide teacher-guide candidates with a thorough understanding of the first plane of development, to help them gain insights into the true nature of child development, the link to the home environment, partnership with parents, the use of developmentally appropriate Montessori materials and to respect the “absorbent mind”.
Master teacher Julie Armstrong has been an Early Childhood Educator for over 20 years, she has been a Master Teacher since 2008, has an Honours degree in Psychology/Child Studies from Brock University and holds a diploma for 3-6 from CMTEI and 0-3 diploma from TMI.
“There is in the child a special kind of sensitivity which leads him to absorb everything about him, and it is the work of observing and absorbing that alone enables him to adapt himself to life. He does it in virtue of an unconscious power that exists in childhood…the first period of the child’s life is one of adaptation.”
Our aim is to provide teacher candidates with opportunities and resources to gain the necessary skills, knowledge and practical experiences to pursue a career as a caring, competent and qualified Montessori infant and toddler teacher-guide. There is high demand for qualified Montessori Infant and Toddler Teacher-Guides locally and internationally.
Through the Montessori Infant and Toddler Teacher-Guide Education Course, teacher candidates will:
- Understand the fundamentals of Montessori philosophy:
- Understand how children develop physically, emotionally, cognitively, socially as well as how they develop their senses prenatally to the age of 3;
- Understand the fundamental link between the home and the learning community;
- Respectfully nurture and “follow the child” by implementing the Montessori approach;
- Be competent with classroom management.
The Montessori Infant and Toddler Teacher-Guide Education Course is an intensive course that prepares the adult to accompany and guide children from birth through 3 years of age in a Montessori environment.
- Individuals who are pursuing the field of Montessori Education with children from birth to the age of 3.
- For people who simply love children and care about their whole development.
“There are many who hold, as I do, that the most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six. For that is the time when man’s intelligence itself, his greatest implement, is being formed. But not only his intelligence: the full totality of his psychic powers”.
In the first three years of life, children are sensorial explorers that absorb everything from their environment. This ‘absorbent mind’ is the fundamental principle of the Infant and Toddler Teacher Guide Education Course. The Master Teacher is committed to guiding the teacher candidates understanding of the theoretical framework for understanding child development and the use of developmentally appropriate materials. The components of the course include:
- Theoretical, scientific and historical foundations of the Montessori approach to education.
- Stages of childhood growth and holistic development.
- The child in the family and the community
- Motor development and control of movement through didactic materials, music, rhythm and movement activities.
- Sensorial foundations of intellectual life.
- Environmental design in the home and the Montessori prepared environment.
- Parent education and classroom management.
“At the moment that tentative, delicate life flowers into consciousness, putting the senses in contact with the environment, the muscles are activated in the perpetual effort of realization. This inner effort of the child must remain sacred. This labored manifestation must find us sympathetic, because in this creative period the future personality of the man is determined. Given such a responsibility, it is our duty to attempt to understand, also with the aid of scientific means, the psychic needs of the child and to prepare a vital environment for him”.
Practical application in an approved Montessori learning environment either under the guidance of an experienced Montessori certified teacher or through an approved self-guided work placement is required during this course.
The Infant and Toddler Education course consists of 600 hours, including a minimum of 400 recorded hours of direct, supervised work with children in and infant and/or toddler environment. The teacher-guide candidate will observe, assist and actively participate in the dynamic process of learning at their host Montessori school.
Observation serves as the foundation for understanding in the Montessori philosophy. As such, teacher-guide candidates are required to spend 50 hours observing children in their home/cultural environments. Students will then be required to reflect upon these observations.
Demonstrations, lectures, discussions, practice, projects, material making and research constitute the remaining 200 hours.
- The Montessori Infant and Toddlers Teacher Education Course is given In Downtown Toronto at Downtown Montessori School, 26 Grand Trunk Crescent close to the CN Tower.
- This is an intensive part-time course that runs on Saturday only from Saturday September 7th 2019, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, until Saturday June 11th 2020. The final written evaluation will take place in May 2020 and the practical evaluation on June 11th 2020.
A Registration Fee of $200.00 is required upon application; half of this Registration Fee is refundable or may be considered for reapplication). The tuition fee is $6,300.00 in 9 installments ($700.00 per month) payable to CMTC. We also accept major credit cards + Paypal, e-transfer, Interact. Upon acceptation, candidates will be required to prepare for the first month of tuition either a series of 9 post dated cheques (9 installments of $700.00) or a Credit card Authorization to bill each monthly installment. A fee of $300.00 is required in May 2020 to cover the administration regarding the final practical and written examinations. In December 2019 as well as in June 2020, an official receipt for Federal Income Tax is given to each Teacher Candidate for the fees paid during the civil year (2019 & 2020). The Canadian Montessori Teacher Education Institute does not provide financial aid; however any teacher candidate could inquire within financial institutions.
During the Online Registration, prospective Teacher Candidates write their experience with children if any, and their academic degree completed. A resume is attached + photocopies of any Diploma. On the first day of the Montessori Infant and Toddler Teacher Education Course, each Teacher Candidate is invited to share his/her expectations about this Montessori Course explaining his/her personal and/or professional reasons for receiving the Montessori teacher preparation.