Enhance your early years qualifications with this intensive four-week Montessori programme. This will give you the qualification and skills required to work effectively in a Montessori preschool environment.
Start Date3rd August 2021
QualificationQQI Level 6
Course Duration4 weeks
Are you interested in theMontessori Method? Portobello Institute’s QQI Level 6 Minor Awards in Montessori pedagogy will allow you open your own Montessori school or work as a Montessori practitioner. During this 4-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 4 years with a high success rate for students.
Time saved with the intensive learning means it is the perfect option for those who want to progress their studies quickly and gain an international 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 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 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?
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 curriculum is also covered.
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?
Other delivery modes available
This is an intensive course delivered over Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm over 4 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 4 week course has been completed, the students are then given a 6 month timetable to work on 6 Assignments which will demonstrate the understanding and theory underpinning each module. This will also include 50 hours work experience.
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 do I apply?
Entry to this course is by direct application to the college.