Early Childhood Education Program

  • Philosophy Examination of the educational theory and key elements of the Montessori approach to education.
  • Observation Examination of the development of the child in all domains of development. Strategies for ongoing observations, analysis, reporting tools and planning.
  • Practical Life Designing child-centered classrooms and meaningful, hands-on materials/activities. Emphasis is on understanding the relationship between children’s development, home, and school contexts.
  • Sensorial Rationale behind sensory-motor education, with a focus on understanding the concepts embedded in Montessori materials.
  • Language Arts A variety of activities, materials, and strategies across the curriculum that facilitate children’s emergent literacy development (listening, talking, writing, reading, and thinking) are examined.
  • Cultural Subjects Developing understandings in social studies, science, and the arts. Strategies for integrating thematic units in art, music movement, science, geography, social studies, and history; evaluating materials and adaptations for diverse learners.
  • Mathematics Experiences and activities that support the development of children’s mathematical thinking. Children’s ability to problem-solve, reason, and make mathematical connections is explored.
  • Child Development Presents the major theoretical approaches to development from birth to adolescence, with an introduction to the principles, concepts, and research in the field. Focuses on the stages of development in the physical, cognitive, emotional and social domains. This is an online course facilitated by a WSMS-TEP instructor via HaikuLearning.com. This course may be waived if the student is able to document that a similar college-level course has been completed earning a grade of B or higher, within 5 years of enrollment in WSMS-TEP, and evidenced by a syllabus to demonstrate that the course content has been achieved.

Student Teaching Phase

  • Practicum Intern Seminar Weekends (November and April) Topics directly support student teachers’ classroom work, e.g., classroom management and curriculum support, parent involvement/education, and professional behavior. Students take an active part in determining the content of these seminars.

Infant/Toddler Education Program

  • Philosophy and Pedagogy An overview of Montessori’s principles and ideas, including her view of the child and his/her place in society is the basis for this class. The class emphasizes Montessori’s concept of the child from birth to age 3.
  • Observation Techniques of observation will be covered. A large portion of this class will consist of supervised observations in infant and toddler settings.
  • Child Development The class covers many ideas and theories pertaining to the development of the young child, including prenatal and childbirth. In addition to Maria Montessori’s ideas, other major contemporary theorists are examined. This is a hybrid course facilitated by a WSMS-TEP instructor via HaikuLearning.com and in-person sessions.
  • Personal Growth and Development Issues related to professionalism, ethical behavior and techniques for introspection would be addressed. A focus on the continued professional growth and development of the adult is emphasized.
  • Environmental Design This class covers the many critical factors that impact the design of a Montessori Infant/Toddler classroom. The aesthetics, ages and age groupings, numbers and ratios involved will be discussed.
  • Child, Family, and Community This course covers understanding the psychology of parenthood, translating child-rearing practices to/from home, and how to locate community and professional resources. Preparation for effective teacher-parent conferences and ideas for strong parental involvement and education will also be discussed.
  • Program Leadership This class focuses on the specifics involved with running a successful infant/toddler program. Issues related to the preparation of the environment and techniques for behavior management, communication and problem solving will be covered. The importance of multi-culture and diversity in all forms, as well as an understanding of issues related to school administration and professional relationships are also class topics.
  • Early Childhood Overview Montessori philosophy of the 2 .6 through 6 age range, Montessori rationale and basic methodology for the materials in the curriculum areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, and Language (Required of all students without an Montessori EC credential.)

Student Teaching Phase

  • Practicum Intern Seminar Weekends (November and April) Topics directly support student teachers’ classroom work, e.g., classroom management and curriculum support, parent involvement/education, and professional behavior. Students take an active part in determining the content of these seminars.