Delivered through blended learning, this course in Montessori Teaching and Early Childhood Care & Education, will give you the qualification that will allow you open your own setting or work in the capacity of a room leader / supervisor / manager in a Montessori room.
Start DateStart Anytime
QualificationQQI Level 6
Course Duration7 months
Are you interested in becoming a Montessori teacher or opening your own Montessori setting? Portobello Institute’s QQI Level 6 Major Award in Early Years Care and Education with Montessori Teaching is an International qualification that will allow you open your own setting or work in the capacity of a room leader / supervisor / manager in a Montessori room. During this 7-month course you will acquire a thorough knowledge of child development, comparative early year’s methodologies and how to create a positive learning environment for children.
This course delivers the Montessori Teaching modules through part-time and the early years modules through blended learning online study. The Montessori modules are delivered through part-time study over a 7-month period and focus on the minor awards that deliver learning in the Montessori method and pedagogy. Classes are generally held one evening per week and are split between the practical Montessori approach and theory training, with time spent learning the theory and practicing the Montessori presentation skills during each session.You will complete a placement in a Montessori setting enabling you to get practical experience to compliment your studies. There is an easy payment plan designed to make this programme affordable. These factors, together with the one to one tutorial support, offer you a course that is accessible, affordable and achievable.
Why should I study this course?
Portobello Institute’s Major Award in Early Years Care and Education with Montessori Teaching gives you the opportunity to learn from a range of experts all of whom are passionate about the Montessori method. They bring their insight, depth of experience and passion for teaching to this course. Portobello Institute’s Montessori Teaching course will change the way you view the process by which a child learns and their inherent ability to concentrate and grasp a complex subject when given the time and freedom to do so. This qualification will allow you open your own setting or work as a room leader in a Montessori room as well as allowing you to work across the board in the general childcare setting (ECCE).
"Within the child lies the faith of the future. The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim to prepare him for school, but for Life."
- Dr. Maria Montessori
Who will recognise my qualification?
Upon completing this course, you will hold a QQI Level 6 Major Award in Early Years Care and Education with Montessori teaching. This programme is recognised as carrying a total 120 credits on the Irish NFQ, (National Framework of Qualifications).
Integrated into this programme, are the principles set down by Siolta the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Aistear: the Framework for Early Learning.
Qualifications Frameworks in Ireland and the UK
The Irish and UK qualifications authorities have collaborated on initiatives that promote the transparency, recognition and mobility of qualifications between our respective jurisdictions. The qualifications authorities in the UK and Ireland have agreed the qualifications frameworks in operation, Brexit will not impact this agreement. Further guidance on this framework is available here.
What will I study during this ECCE with Montessori Teaching course?
During this course, you will learn about development and learning in children, from birth to six years old in a socio-cultural context and the implications of this for practice in early childhood settings. You will learn about child development theories and how a range of activities can promote physical, social, emotional and intellectual development in children. You will develop the capacity to work and communicate effectively with parents, families, colleagues and other professionals to safeguard, support and promote children’s learning, development and well-being.
Part 1 includes the following modules the Montessori Modules;
- Early Learning Environment
- Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy
- Early Childhood Arts and Culture
- Work Experience
Part 2 includes the modules listed below, studied by blended learning to achieve the Early Years Care & Education major award.
- Child Development
- Early Childhood Curriculum
- Childhood Social, Legal and Health Issues
- Personal and Professional Development
Who will I learn from?
“Working as a PM for EY & SNA means working in an ever-changing industry, as investment in the childcare industry in Ireland has been to the forefront in recent years. This investment is not unlike the investment made by students- as they invest in their future through their educational journey. Being involved in their journey is fulfilling as you watch them flourish over time and support them in achieving their goals”
While my initial third level education was in Business Management my career path took a turn when I became involved in fostering. The more research (for homelife benefits) I conducted in the areas of children with additional needs, child development, play activities etc., I realised that this was an area I had a keen interest in. From here I went onto firstly study a Level 5 in ECCE, to have the basis for further study within the area. Then I completed a H-DIP in ECEC which led me onto a Level 9 MA in Child, Youth and Family studies. I studied part time while working full time, and this has helped me immensely in understanding students journey on similar paths- it can be a struggle trying to balance working, reaching assignment deadlines, attending classes, along with daily home (and social!) life, but once you achieve your end goal it is worth it. Having also worked in various rooms in childcare settings, this added to my experience, skills, knowledge, and abilities. Working in the sector assisted me greatly (before I took up the role as Programme Manager) while I was tutoring with Portobello as I was able to impart knowledge and experience to students.
Why did you choose to work in education?
Having gone back to study myself many years after my initial education, my own experience contributes to understanding individual students needs and abilities. Everybody learns differently and it is beneficial in the educational industry to have an understanding that some people may be visual learners, while others may be kinaesthetic or auditory learners while some may learn through reading and writing. Match this understanding with various modes of course delivery, tutors who are passionate about their subject areas, are inclusive to all types of learners and this can only lead to a successful outcome for students.
Collaborating with and listening to students is also an important aspect within the education industry, we all have knowledge to offer and learn from each other, having had this experience myself while studying, this was always something I encouraged while tutoring. Facilitating students to share knowledge and experience while motivating and supporting them through their learning journey is all part of the role as an educator. These roles also become part of your role as a PM, you want to see everyone achieving their goal and you are there to help, guide, advise, support, motivate and encourage them throughout their time spent with the college.
Your experience as a Programme Manager.
Before a student embarks on their learning journey, Portobello takes the time to explore which mode of delivery suits an individual’s needs, abilities, and time available to study. While working as a PM with Portobello I have come across many inspirational students, some who have not studied in many years, some who have had learning difficulties, others may be changing industry entirely, while some just simply want more knowledge as a parent to help them in understanding their children’s needs. As a PM contributing to all student’s journey through listening, supporting, motivating, and encouraging them throughout their education is an important aspect and it is inspirational to see students achieving their goal.
Working with Portobello allows you to get to know students, which allows students to feel valued and everyone in the Institute is committed to supporting students on their learning journey. Portobello offers flexibility in course delivery, this is something which can be a deciding factor on choosing a course, students consider what fits their lifestyle and free time available to study. By offering blended, part time, full time, online or distance courses, this gives Portobello the ability to offer courses to suit a range of students needs.
- MA in Child, Youth & Family Studies
- H-Dip in Early Childhood Education & Care
- QQI Level 5 in Early Childhood Care & Education
- BBS Honours Degree in Business Management
Personal Academic Tutor
Each student is assigned a personal academic tutor to support you throughout your learning journey. They are available to offer you telephone and email support at any time. You can arrange to meet them for further one to one guidance at a time convenient to you.
Many of our past graduates have found it is the opportunity to ask a simple question, seek direction and submit a draft of their assessment that supported them most to successful completion. Emailing your tutor at any stage during your programme to ask a query or submit a draft of your assessment supports you to achieve your personal best throughout your studies with Portobello.
This level of one to one support is a particular benefit to choosing Portobello as your Institute of choice to complete your studies.
How will I learn?
Portobello Institute’s Montessori Teaching with ECCE course is delivered over 1 academic year. You will spend one evening per week in college covering Montessori modules. The ECCE modules are delivered online with webinars. Course materials are structured to be accessed on a week by week basis and are available to download from our e-learning platform as you progress through the course. Assignments are all designed for completion at home and once completed, you will upload these to the e-learning platform. Feedback and results are posted here for you to access too.
Whilst in college, you focus on learning the Montessori method and pedagogy and the core principles of early years care and education. Classes are split between the practical Montessori approach and theory training, with time spent learning the theory and practising the Montessori presentation skills during each session.
Time is also spent researching and developing your knowledge of the social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of the child aged 0-6 years. There is the opportunity for you to consider other types of early years provision including state, private, voluntary and institutional.
What is a Webinar?
A webinar, in the context of online learning, is a lecturer delivering a presentation or class online to a group of students. We use specifically designed e-learning software so you can participate in the class just as if you were present in the same room. You can ask a question of the lecturer at any stage during the class. The software is designed with “break-out rooms” where you can discuss a topic or complete a group exercise with a smaller group from your class. You will need a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone that has internet connection, an audio facility so you can hear and speak during the class and a camera so your lecturer and fellow class participants can see you. The webinar is a secure online environment and only those permitted entry by the lecturer can gain access to the “classroom”. Webinars are recorded during each session and should you miss a session, you can catch up with the recorded session at a later date. You will only be able to access Webinars of the group you are assigned to.
Real Life Learning Opportunities
How will I be assessed?
A variety of assessment methods are used to support students with different learning styles. These vary from written reports to practical case studies to examinations. We encourage you to reflect on your knowledge gain with a number of assignments designed to explore your learning journey. All of these assessment methods are seeking to support you to combine theory with scenario-based learning and how to practically implement these methods into your everyday practice.
What is Montessori Teaching?
The Montessori Method is an approach to pre-school education which understands that children are dynamic, natural learners. Maria Montessori believed children gain knowledge best from the “Learning by Doing” theory as opposed to the conventional sit, listen, read and then learn. “Learning by Doing” is, in essence the philosophy a Montessori teacher follows when guiding a child’s development in the Montessori school. The Montessori approach to education requires that children are free to follow their own interests when placed in a well-planned and structured environment which meets their individual educational and cultural needs. Above all, Montessori classrooms nurture each child’s individual strengths and interests while encouraging children to explore the world around them.
Speak to an expert
Choosing a course that will lead you to your career of choice is a significant decision. Understanding the delivery modes, supports available, career opportunities and further study options are all key considerations when making your choice. Our course adviser team are experts in the courses Portobello offers, the employment prospects and possible progression routes to Masters programmes – they will guide you through the detail and support you with any queries you may have.
It is important you make the right choice for you and choose the Institute and course that will best suit your needs.
How long are you working in Portobello?
I have been working for Portobello Institute for over 5 years now.
What do you enjoy about working in Portobello?
I love the interaction with students. Every day I get to meet different individuals and learners who are looking to change their lives and I get to be the person who advises them on the best programme to take. It is a fantastic feeling to be part of their journey. For many learners this is a huge decision and I get to be the person who supports them in making that decision. There is an incredible sense of pride when I see our learners graduate and achieve their education goals.
What inspires you about working in education?
I believe that education is impowering and it can often change people’s lives. It increases the learner’s confidence and it allows the learner to reach their full potential. Coming back to education hugely lifts the learner’s self esteem.
Have you a story that you recall that touched you/made you laugh/made you cry?
One particular lady struggled with dyslexia all her life. Her disability really affected her years in school, her career choices and when this learner approached Portobello Institute I worked with her to establish the best way forward, the right course for her was without a doubt in childcare. This lady registered on the course and she needed a lot of hand holding throughout her studies from both myself and the academic team. I recall that the day of her graduation, she received the “Student of Year” award. We were all thrilled and delighted for her! This learner has since gone on to open a very successful Montessori setting.
How do you feel when you have helped a student reach a decision on their course choice?
I am there to be the deciding factor for our learners. We support people in making the right choice of programme for them. We reassure them the whole way and we support them throughout. It is a very rewarding feeling to be part of this process.
How do I apply?
Entry to this course is by direct application to the college.
Additional FeesThe cost of this option is €1,799 for the Montessori modules plus €600 for the ECCE level 6 giving a total of €2,399. There is a discount of €150 off the ECCE modules when booking the Montessori and ECCE modules together giving a total of €2,249.
Protection for learners fee is due on or before the start date.
Protection for learners fee
Easy Payment Plan
Deposit of 30% upon booking. Balance paid in 5 instalments commencing the 1st of the month after the course starts. All additional fees such as exam body registration fees etc. are included in the easy payment plan.
Includes one off instalment fee of €195.00. Payments scheduled every 1 month(s).
- €356.16 due on 1st December 2020.
- €356.16 due on 1st January 2021.
- €356.16 due on 1st February 2021.
- €356.16 due on 1st March 2021.
- €356.16 due on 1st April 2021.