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Montessori Certificate Program

As a leader in Montessori education for over 50 years, Oklahoma City University is launching a new Montessori Certificate Program designed to accommodate early childhood educators. The 24-month program, offered through summer-intensive, evening and weekend classes, has been broken into 76 four-hour modules that can be attended in-person, via zoom, or in a combination that best meets your needs. The cost of each module is $60.

Summer 2021 Courses and Modules

Introduction to Montessori I (2 Modules)

IA: Montessori’s View of the Child and the Prepared Environment

Introduces participants to the key concepts of the Montessori philosophy including respect for the child, motivation of self-development, the joy and sense of discovery through work, the absorbent mind, and sensitive periods

IB: Montessori Materials, Philosophy of Teaching, and Goals

Introduces participants to additional key concepts including hands-on learning, self-correcting, isolation of difficulty, care of self and the environment, sensory education, simple to complex and concrete to abstract, indirect preparation, the developmental needs of the child, the role of the Montessori teacher as observer and facilitator, and the goal of self-mastery and independence.

Practical Life (Birth to 6) (7 Modules)

A: Care of the Person, part I

Buttoning, snapping and tying are skill-oriented activities, but they also give a sense of pride and independence for the child. These are activities the child has observed other children and adults doing.

B: Care of the Person, part 2

Hand-washing is another activity we consider in caring for ourselves. Children are drawn to water at an early age and the independence of washing their own hands using soap and a nail brush are quite inviting. The activity has more than 20 steps involved. Not only does the child learn a skill but also the sequence of steps involved.

C: Care of the Environment, part 1

Wet pouring, dry pouring, sponge squeezing, folding, and crumbing are activities that children observe adults doing each day. These activities appeal to the child's sense of order.

D: Care of the Environment, part 2

Painting a picture and then cleaning the easel gives a child a feeling of independence and a sense of order. The child knows that they are preparing the easel for the next child to paint. This allows the teacher to focus on other aspects of the classroom as the children use and take care of the art easel themselves.

E: Care of the Environment, part 3

Silver polishing, table scrubbing, and carrot peeling are additional areas of the environment in which children can assist.

F: Grace and Courtesy

We focus on the control of movement of our body when we cut, paste, walk on a line or balance beam and when we learn to play the games of silence.

G: Social Interactions

This module will focus on how to join a group of children playing a game or to interrupt an adult when needing help. We will also practice introducing our friends to a parent or teacher. This gives a child a feeling of accomplishment knowing how to seek the attention of an adult.

H: Course Review & Assessment (Pre-Requisites: Modules A-G)

In the final module we will review the other modules and present our albums and activity write-ups. We will also practice setting up practical life activities with materials in the classroom.

Montessori Certificate Module Map

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Registration opens on July 1.