What the course covers
The course offers you a mix of theoretical study, practical handling of the Montessori materials and teaching practice, giving you insight into how the Montessori approach to working with children in the early years is based on a deep understanding of child development underpinned by the theories of Maria Montessori and other educators, and borne out by observation.
Mode of study
The course is delivered either face to face or by distance learning and workshop. A certificate is awarded on completion of the theoretical and practical components of the course. The diploma is awarded when you've completed a minimum of 240 hours of monitored and assessed teaching practice in a Montessori early years setting.
A Montessori Partnership Certificate is awarded to you when you successfully complete all the requirements of the theoretical and practical components of the course, and pass both the written and the practical examinations. If you then go on to complete all the requirements of the assessed teaching practice you are awarded a Diploma. The Montessori Partnership Montessori Diploma in Early Years Education has been credit rated with 149 points at level 8 (level 4 England) by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and appears on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework (SCQF). Throughout the course the Montessori approach is related to the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (England), but if you're not based in England you investigate the requirements of your national early years curriculum and tailor your work accordingly.
The course is open to students over 18 years old educated at least to GCSE pass standard, but preferably to level 3 or A-level or beyond. There are no specific entry requirements, however, and applications from mature people with experience, or individuals with qualifications gained in unrelated fields will be considered, but prospective applicants should note that a GCSE at grade C or above in English and Maths is becoming mandatory for early years leaders and managers in England. The course is delivered and assessed in English.
Montessori theory: underpinning philosophy and principles
Demonstrating the Red Rods
Diploma student using the language materials
Number of hours
Total notional learning hours: (approximately) 1000.
For the part-time mode of study this total comprises 240 class-based guided learning hours, 240 workplace-based guided learning hours and (approximately) 520 private study hours. For the distance learning mode of study the total notional learning hours are made up of (approximately) 400 guided home study hours, 80 class-based guided learning hours, 240 workplace-based guided learning hours and (approximately) 280 private study hours.
If for any reason you change your mind, we offer a 14 day cooling off period. If after paying and enrolling, you no longer want to do the course, contact Miranda and you will be given a full refund. If however you change your mind after the 14 days the deposit value of £500 becomes non refundable.
This forms the first part of your payments to us. You will need to visit our website again within one month and choose the "Pay balance by instalments" option. This will take your first monthly payment of £175. This will recur until we have collected 16 payments and they will come from the card you used to make the first payment.
Option 2: Pay Balance
This is the second part of your payments to us. You need to do this within one month of paying your deposit. This will take your first monthly payment of £175. This will recur automatically until we have collected 16 payments and they will come from the card you used to make the first payment.
Prices include the 2 week summer workshop for students studying by distance learning, and all exam fees, but exclude materials (pens, paper, craft equipment), travel, and accommodation. There are no hidden costs.
If you are a student paying using our old system you may pay for one individual unit below.
Pay for one unit: £122
If you don't manage to complete all the course requirements by the date your registration expires you may register for a further three years on payment of a re-registration fee. This is set at 15% of the full course fee current at the time you re-register.
One of our Canadian graduates has written:
'I am so grateful for the training I received as it has given me such a solid foundation in the Montessori philosophy. I feel confident with my knowledge as I work in the field and always have my awesome manuals to refer to when needed.'