Course Overview

Baishan Montessori Teacher Education Institute (BMTEI) is an applicant affiliate of the American Montessori Society (AMS). BMTEI conducts an Early Childhood Montessori teacher education course in English and Chinese using simultaneous translation technology. This course prepares adults to work with children from the ages of 2 ½ through 6.The minimum time frame for completion of the certification course is eighteen months. The next summer intensive course begins in July 2017 and ends in December 2018.

  1. Academic Phase – 340 hours
  2. Practicum Phase
    *9-month internship [5 days a week] in a Montessori classroom with field supervision
    *Four seminars accompany the internship during the Practicum phase.

PRACTICUM: minimum of 540 hours, 5 days a week.

WEEKEND SEMINARS [4] take place concurrent with Practicum during the holidays or weekends.

2½ – 6 Early Childhood Academic Components

  • 1. Montessori Philosophy (Foundational) (34.75 hours)

    Montessori, from an historical perspective, is examined. Philosophy specific to the method, such as auto-education, absorbent mind, sensitive periods, normalization, development of the will, spontaneous repetition, logical-mathematical mind, spiritual and moral development of the child are examined. How the philosophy relates to the child, materials, teacher and envi-ronment is discussed. Peace education is the natural result of the Montessori philosophy

  • 2.Observation and recordkeeping (Foundational) (28 hours)
    Tools for assessing children’s developmental needs; recording and reporting.
  • 3. Practical Life (Core) (41.25 hours)
    Philosophy and rationale of the practical life curriculum, ground rules, grace and courtesy, development and refinement of movement, care of the person, care of the environment, food preparation and nutrition.
  • 4. Language (Core) (41.25 hours)
    Philosophy and rationale of the language arts curriculum. Materials aiding in the development of language skills and concepts; receptive and expressive language experiences, visual and auditory perceptual experiences; vocabulary development and enrichment; penmanship from the metal insets to the sandpaper letters, chalkboards and paper; reading from the sandpaper letters and moveable alphabet; children’s literature and dramatic play.
  • 5. Sensorial (Core) (39.75 hours)
    Philosophy and rationale of the Sensorial curriculum. Use of materials aiding in the develop-ment and refinement of the senses will be demonstrated.
  • 6. Mathematics (Core) (41.25 hours)
    Philosophy and rationale of the mathematics curriculum. Use of materials aiding in the de-velopment of mathematical concepts and skills: introduction to numeration, linear counting, the decimal system and their functions, memorization of math facts, and fractions will be demonstrated.
  • 7. Physical & Life Sciences – Botany, Zoology & Science Curriculum (Core) (29.25 hours)
    Philosophy and rationale of physical and life sciences curriculum, including botany, zoology, and earth science.
  • 8. Social Studies – History & Geography (Core) (17.5 hours)
    Philosophy and rationale of the social studies curriculum which includes geography (land and water forms, globes, maps, flags, and multicultural awareness), and history (calendar, sea-sons, personal family history).
  • 9. Art, Music & Movement (Other) (15.5 hours)
    Philosophy and rationale of the curriculum area of art, materials that aid development of art concepts and skills in two dimensional art activities (easel or table), Three-dimensional art ac-tivities, art appreciation, and art history.

    Philosophy and rationale of the music curriculum area, materials aiding in the development of music concepts and skills, singing skills, instrumental skills, music appreciation and histo-ry.
    Philosophy and rationale of the movement curriculum area. Materials aiding in the develop-ment of movement concepts and skills: body awareness, basic skills (Locomotors, stationary games), and line activities.

  • 10. Parent Involvement/Education (Other) (7.5 hours)

    Philosophy and rationale for parent involvement and education; raising the level of aware-ness, developing a knowledge base, and providing options for collaboration. Creating and implementing strategies for collaboration. The child within the context of the family and the community is the emphasis with a sensitivity to multiculturalism as related to child-rearing practices, and familial and community expectations.

  • 11. Leadership (Core) (16 hours)

    Leadership topics include: preparation of the environment; scheduling staff and children; evaluation of children; techniques for discipline, communication and problem-solving; human needs and requirements; multiculturalism and diversity; school administration topics, profes-sional relationships and best practices.

  • 12. Practicum Student Teaching (min 540 hours)
  • 13. Practicum Seminars (42 hours)
  • 14. Yearlong Project
    This project provides an opportunity for creative and original thinking as well as synthesizing the students’ learning across the curriculum. Projects might include: professional portfolio, research papers, longitudinal study of a child’s development over the year, or original curricu-lum areas.