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The Course

Academic Phase

The program is designed to teach adult learners the competencies required by the Montessori Accreditation Commission 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.