Village Montessori Training Center

``Whoever touches the life of the child touches the most sensitive point of a whole which has roots in the most distant past and climbs toward the infinite future.``

Maria Montessori

Creator of the first Montessori School

Village Montessori Training Center (VMTC) is now taking adult learners applications for our Infant and Toddler training program. This is a professional training program designed to prepare adults for the task of helping children from conception to three years of age to develop the fullness of their individual human potential. The course provides an opportunity to study, in depth, Montessori pedagogy and practices along with current psychological approaches to child development..

The course will teach students how to create appropriate environments and nurture optimal development for this age group, this program is designed for everyone who cares for infants and toddlers including:

  • Parents
  • Students majoring in Psychology or early childhood
  • Family day care providers
  • Center directors
  • Child care providers

Practicum Classes will be held at the only state approved Montessori environment for infants and toddlers located at Village Montessori. Students will have direct exposure to an infant and toddler community where they will be able to observe a year-round, Montessori environment in action. By observing interactions between children and adults, between children and their environment and between children, adult learners observe the wonders of child development and the self creation of the human being.

Academic Phase

1.  Montessori philosophy and Child Development:

  • Montessori philosophy with a focus from prenatal stage to age three (3).
  • Understanding of stages of human growth and development with an emphasis on prenatal to age three(3).
  • Knowledge of developmental and behavioral norms and potential recommendations toward early intervention services.

2.  Environmental Management and Leadership:

  • Observation, documentation and analytical skills necessary for planning and recording the progress of children.
  • Effective interaction with the whole child and how to supportdevelopment in a culturally sensitive manner.
  • Leadership skills and an understanding of professional standards.
  • Understanding of administrative functions.

3.  Curriculum and Environments:

  • Design and integration of environments that meet the child’s need for exploration and independence
      1. Sensory and motor experiences
      2. Development of Movement and Development of Language
      3. Positive social experiences
      4. Self care
      5. Routines and procedures

4.  Community involvement and Partnership with Families:

  • Supportive partnerships with culturally diverse families
  • Awareness of community resources to support children and families
  • Knowledge of professional standards and associations

Practicum Phase

After successfully completing the academic coursework, students enter the practicum phase in which they do a minimum of 540 hours of internship in a Montessori Infant or Toddler environment. During the practicum phase the student is required to visit 4 schools for a minimum of 20 hours of observation.This is a paid position in most schools. The student teacher works under the supervision of a certified Infant and Toddler Montessori teacher — or in a self-directed environment with the guidance of a VMTC consultant – for a minimumof three hours per day, five days per week.

During the practicum phase, a representative from VMTC will visit the student for three on-site consultations. Additional fees apply for consultations outside the U.S.or beyond a 50 mile radius of the trainig site.

Upcoming Schedule

Class Schedule for 2016

Overview June 14th- 16th 2017

Summer Session I June 19th to July 1st 2017

Training Application