Course Details

Montessori Teaching

Enhance your early years qualifications with this intensive four-week Montessori Teaching programme. This will give you the qualification and skills required to work effectively in a Montessori preschool environment.

Start Date
3rd August 2021
QQI Level 6
Portobello Institute
Course Duration
4 weeks


Are you interested in the Montessori method? Portobello Institute’s QQI Level 6 Minor Awards in Montessori pedagogy will allow you to open your own Montessori school or work as a Montessori practitioner.

During this four week course, you will acquire a thorough knowledge of child development, the Montessori method and how to create a positive learning environment for children.

This intensive course is delivered Monday to Friday for four weeks and focuses on the minor awards that deliver learning in the Montessori method and pedagogy.

The Intensive Montessori course allows for compressed learning covering the equivalent course content of the standard course with face to face contact with our core tutor Olga Mc Kiernan who has over 20 years of experience in tutoring and has been tutoring this course for the past four years with a high success rate for students.

Time saved with intensive learning means it is the perfect option for those who want to progress their studies quickly and gain an internationally recognised qualification level 6 Minor Awards in Montessori Education.

By also completing Part 2 students will then achieve the Early Years Care and Education Major Award.

This course is an ideal study option for those students who can complete the course work during the summer holidays.

Why should I study this course?

Portobello Institute’s QQI Level 6 Minor Awards in Montessori 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 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 to open your own setting or work as a room leader in a Montessori classroom.

"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 Minor Award in Montessori.

You will hold QQI Level 6 Minor Awards in Montessori modules as follows;

  • Early Learning Environment
  • Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy
  • Early Childhood Arts and Culture

What will I study during this Montessori Teaching course?

Montessori teaching involves educating the whole child, with activities and lessons designed to promote the development of social skills, emotional growth, physical coordination, as well as cognitive preparation is the goal of the Montessori teacher.

Learning to advise, present and observe a child’s development quietly as they work with the Montessori materials, are key skills acquired during the training of a Montessori teacher.

You will learn from experienced Montessori teachers about the philosophy of Montessori and their experience of how the Montessori method fosters each child’s natural desire for knowledge and understanding.

You will learn how the Montessori method of education is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play.

Creating dedicated space in the prepared environment of the classroom for each area of the Montessori teaching curriculum is also covered.

  • Montessori Pedagogy Curriculum

    Children become excited and energised in the Montessori school environment as opposed to bordered, burdened and fatigued as frequently occurs in the environment of the conventional classroom.
    In order to ensure the natural early learning ability of children aged 3 – 6 years under your direction, through the 4 modules of this Montessori Method programme, you will learn how to guide a child towards enjoying their natural curiosity without putting outside demands on them.

  • Early Learning Environment

    Children work for the joy of the process rather than for the end result. They have a need to repeat activities over and over until an inner need is fulfilled. You will learn and come to understand the history of Maria Montessori and her philosophy and reasoning behind “Learning By Doing”. This module includes practical life skills and sensorial education. The module teaches you how to use the Montessori materials in life skills and sensorial education to encourage children to learn how to care for themselves, others and their environment. These skills help the child to gain the greatest confidence and independence through the early learning process. The sensorial equipment designed by Maria Montessori lays the foundations for academic learning by developing and refining a child’s senses. This in turn enhances their perceptions and increases their concentration.

    Your Lecturer

    Arlene Finnerty

    I feel that the module explores the Montessori pedagogy and how it elevates and empowers the child. The module introduces the student to the Montessori method & demonstrates how children develop skills.

  • Early Childhood Literacy & Numeracy

    Maria Montessori believed children have naturally mathematical minds and she revolutionised the manner in which maths were taught and this module is dedicated to Montessori Maths and Montessori Language acquisition. These areas will teach you how to guide a child through the complexities of reading and writing using the Montessori didactic materials designed over a hundred years ago. The Montessori materials were designed to develop children’s language grammar skills both written and spoken using the Montessori approach. The maths didactic materials revolutionised the manner in which maths is taught to children. Problem solving becomes a challenge that is enjoyed without stress or strain at a young age. You will learn through using a variety of Montessori materials how to not only teach a child to calculate but also to give them a lifelong understanding of how numbers function. Montessori materials also contain an inbuilt control of error that allows the child to discover and correct his or her own mistakes and work independently from his class mates and teachers alike.

    Your Lecturer

    Arlene Finnerty

    This module explores how valuable early literacy and numeracy is for children to make sense of their world. It gives students the techniques to introduce literacy and numeracy at a young age.

  • Early Childhood Arts and Culture

    Children have an inborn curiosity about the trees and the plants, animals and insects, their bodies, the planets etc. and this module focuses on two key areas of the Montessori pedagogy, Arts and Culture.  Montessori children frequently astonish adults with their in-depth knowledge of subjects such as biology, geography, simple science and history. During this module, you will be introduced to the Montessori didactic materials and activities that will allow you to guide children to an appreciation of the world they live in.

    Your Lecturer

    Arlene Finnerty

    This module explores Montessori’s pedagogy and how she believed the arts to be a communicative tool. It opens the discussion of how arts and culture offers diverse cultural experiences for young children.

Who will I learn from?

Programme Manager

Olivia Hamill

“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.

Why Portobello?

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 to Montessori teaching.

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.

Success Story

"It’s giving me the experience not only to bring to work but as a mother as well I feel very confident now in myself. Amy is a brilliant tutor, she really knows what she is talking about."

Suy Cunha
Montessori Teaching Montessori Teaching

How will I learn?

Other delivery modes available

Blended Learning

Montessori Teaching – Start Anytime

Portobello Institute
Start Date
Start Anytime
Part Time

Montessori Teaching – Portobello (Oct ’21)

Portobello Institute
Start Date
13th October 2021
Full Time

Montessori Teaching

Portobello Institute
Start Date
11th October 2021

Course Structure

This Montessori teaching programme is an intensive course delivered from Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm over four weeks.

Each week is split between the practical Montessori approach and theory learning with time spent learning the theory and practising the Montessori presentation skills for each module leading the students to their practical Skills Tests on week 4.

Week 1: Philosophy Practical Life

Week 2: Sensorial Education Literacy

Week 3: Montessori Mathematics Arts and Culture

Week 4: Revision Practical Skill Tests

When the four-week course has been completed, the students are then given a six-month timetable to work on six assignments that will demonstrate the understanding and theory underpinning each module.

This will also include 50 hours of work experience.

The Academic Calendar

This Montessori Teaching course runs from 03/08/21 – 27/08/21.

Classes are held Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 4pm with a break for lunch each day. There are no classes on the August bank holiday Monday.

It is important to aim for full attendance during the four weeks of this programme due to intensive nature of it.

Real Life Learning Opportunities

Work Experience

As the philosophy of Montessori was “Learning by Doing” then it is only natural that work experience in an approved Montessori school, under the guidance of a qualified and experienced Montessori directress, be an integral part of your learning journey.

During the placement programme of two days per week, you will have the opportunity to put into practice the exercises and skills you will have learned during the programme.

You will have the opportunity by using these skills to stimulate, develop and guide the children under your direction to develop to their full potential.

We aim to ensure you have the opportunity to gain experience in a setting that is aligned with your career ambitions.

Our tutors and programme management team will help you secure a suitable work placement during your studies and this placement can be in your locality to reduce travel and time spent in Dublin.

The practical work experience element of this programme may be completed once Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted.

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.

Career prospects

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.

Related Courses

Blended Learning

ECCE with Montessori Teaching

Delivered through blended learning, this course in Montessori Teaching and Early Childhood Care & Education, will give you the qualification that will allow you to open your own setting or work in the capacity of a room leader/supervisor/manager in a Montessori room.

Portobello Institute
Start Date
Start Anytime
Blended Learning

Early Childhood Care and Education – QQI Level 6

Delivered by blended learning with webinars, this Early Childhood Care & Education qualification 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 an early years setting.

Portobello Institute
Start Date
Start Anytime
Blended Learning

BA (Ord) Early Childhood Studies – Starts Oct ’21

BA (Ord) Early Childhood Studies is delivered through blended learning, you can work full time and complete this degree. Upon completion of this Level 7 degree you will be eligible to gain the higher capitation grant from the DCYA (now DCEDIY) for your role in an early childhood centre.

Portobello Institute
Start Date
2nd October 2021

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 do I apply?

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college.


Without a Leaving Certificate

. There are no previous academic or experience requirements.

Application Process

Step 1

Complete the online booking form.

Step 2

Applicants will be contacted for confirmation of personal details.

Step 3

Confirmation of a place will be given to applicants following successful application.


Fees & Payment Options


Course Price

Per academic year.


Full Payment

Total amount payable.