Course Objectives & Structure

Course Objectives
A Montessori Teacher (Directress) teaches by teaching and not by correcting.
The Course primarily aims at developing a high level of professional competence in students who aspire to become teachers of the Montessori Method for children from 2 ½ to 6 years of age. This involves the following:

  • To educate the students about the Montessori Method.
  • To enable students to construct a coherent set of Educational values alongside detailed study of the Montessori philosophy and approach.
  • To enable students to extend their teaching proficiency by applying their Montessori knowledge and concepts in a nursery environment
  • To provide extensive classroom experience with classroom experience with children aged 2 ½ to 6 years through a one-month Teaching Practice.
  • To prepare students thoroughly for the Course leading to the Diploma in Montessori teaching.

The Centre has qualified Faculty, who is always ready to help and assist the students. We have distinguished Professionals as part of our Visiting Faculty for specialized subjects.

Course Structure

The Course is spread across 9 months. Students are required to be present at the Teacher Training Centre for 4 days a week (Monday to Thursday). The Institute works on Friday and Saturday, in case some day(s) of a particular week happen to be a school holiday(s)/public holiday(s).

The Course timings are as follows –
Summer timings: 2 to 5 p.m.
Winter timings: 1.30 to 4.30 p.m.

A major portion of the course requires students to spend their time in the classroom attending Theoretical and Practical classes conducted by qualified Faculty.

Course Curriculum

I           Core subjects

  • Biography of Dr. Maria Montessori
  • Montessori Philosophy
  • Child Development and Child Psychology
  • Nutrition

II      In accordance with Dr. Montessori’s philosophy, special emphasis is given to 4 Practical Areas:

  • Exercises of Practical Life
  • Sensorial Activities
  • Mathematics
  • Language

III        Special Areas of Teaching

  • Environmental Studies
  • Culture Subjects include Botany, Zoology, Geography and History
  • Music in Education
  • Art and Craft activities
  • Educational Visits for Children
  • Children’s Literature

IV        All teaching is with the use of Specialized Equipment and care is taken that each student gets enough time to access all the equipment individually.

V         Teaching Practice

Increasing employers expect prospective employers to have had some degree of experience in the Classroom. It is also imperative for students to test their theoretical findings through Hands-on practice.

VI        Preparation of a Teacher

A Montessori teacher needs to prepare herself.  As part of the Preparation, students are required to wear “Formal Clothes” during the duration of the Course.

VII       Examination and Certification

At the end of the academic year, students will need to appear for 3 Examinations, one Practical and two Theory.  The Indian Montessori Centre, Kolkata awards students who successfully complete the Course, the Diploma in Montessori Teaching. The Diploma is a qualification for work in Montessori and Nursery Schools and the Training Centre supports placements in teaching jobs.