Over the years, we have developed several options in scheduling in an attempt to accommodate peoples' busy lives and family commitments. It is possible to complete the entire course in one year or to extend it over several years.
Brief outlines of some of the options are given here, and additional information is available by calling the Center.
In every scheduling option, the academic phase is completed before the practicum is begun so that students have the necessary skills and background to be actively engaged in a meaningful practicum experience right from the beginning.
To complete the academic phase of the course, you may:
Take it all in one summer.
Classes meet for approximately eight weeks at Walnut Park Montessori School (near Boston). The first academic session begins in mid-June and ends mid-July. The second academic session begins mid-July and ends at the end of the first week of August.
Classes during the summer are held Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 4:00.
The practicum could then be taken from September to June and the whole course could be completed in one year.
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Take it in two summers.
The first session of the academic phase is taken the first summer, from mid-June until mid-July. The second session of the academic phase is taken the following summer, from mid-July until the end of the first week of August. The course then becomes less intense because many of the assignments can be completed during the first year, even though the actual practicum begins after the second summer.
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Combine evening and summer classes.
This plan involves an evening class twice a week during the spring and attending the second summer session.
Evening classes begin in February and end in May, and the second summer academic session begins mid-July and ends at the end of the first week of August. The practicum could follow from September to June and the whole course could be completed in a year and a half.
We also offer the option of auditing classes or enrolling only for the academic phase of the course. This is especially designed for professionals and parents who want accurate information about the Montessori method but do not need Montessori teacher certification.
It is also possible to postpone the practicum phase for a year after completion of the academic phase.
"I have studied the child, I have taken what the child has given me and expressed it and that is what is called the Montessori method." - Maria Montessori