Seton Montessori Institute offers a personalized, adult-oriented program leading to an Elementary I (6 – 9) and/or Elementary I- II (9-12) credential. For those with a MACTE accredited Elementary I Montessori credential, we offer Elementary II.
The credential process follows Six Phases:
*Pre-requisite for all applicants without a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood, Child Development or Elementary Education is completion of the online “Introduction to Child Development.”
** Pre-requisite for Elementary applicant without a MACTE Montessori Infant-Toddler and Early Childhood credential must take an Overview of Early Childhood Course.
Phase I: Submit a complete application. The academic director will contact the applicant for an in-depth personal interview.
Phase II: Orientation & Early Childhood Overview (for those without Early Childhood credential)
Phase III: Beginning Academics
Phase IV: Practicum – Typically beginning August ; minimum 9 consecutive months (1080 hours) at an approved school and may end no sooner than the following the final session of the course.
Two Practicum Seminars: Fall and Spring
Phase V: Continuing Academics (Second Summer)
Phase VI: Year-Long Research Project Seminar
The Elementary I course includes an academic phase of at least 360 contact hours. The Elementary I-II course includes an academic phase of at least 600 contact hours. Academic hours for the course are scheduled both during an intensive summer session and through weekend practicum seminars scheduled during the school year.
Course content is organized in the following curriculum components:
- Montessori Philosophy and Pedagogy
- Theory and Child Development
- Leadership in an Elementary Classroom
- Curriculum Design and Strategies
- Mathematics Curriculum
- Geometry Curriculum
- Language Curriculum
- Geography Curriculum
- History Curriculum
- Biological Sciences Curriculum
- Sciences Curriculum
- Practical Life Curriculum
- Visual Arts and Music Curriculum
- Movement and Physical Education Curriculum