Elementary

Elementary

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Credentials Granted

Full Credential
Awarded to those who hold a college degree from an accredited college or university and have satisfactorily completed the Elementary I teacher education program.

AMS Elementary II (6-12 years) - Full Credential
Awarded to those who hold a college degree from an accredited college or university and have satisfactorily completed the Elementary I & II teacher education program.

There are two levels of Elementary Teacher Training.

Elementary I (6-9 years)
The Elementary I program prepares adults to teach children ages 6-9 in classrooms that are in keeping with the Montessori philosophy. The academic classes are held at the Princeton Montessori School. Students have access to a number of elementary classrooms equipped with a complete array of Montessori learning materials. This unique feature of the program provides optimum learning experiences for each student teacher.

Elementary II (9-12 years)
The Elementary II program prepares adults to teach children ages 9-12 in classrooms that are in keeping with the Montessori philosophy. The academic classes are held at the Princeton Montessori School. Students have access to a number of elementary classrooms equipped with a complete array of Montessori learning materials. This unique feature of the program provides optimum learning experiences for each student teacher.

Program Format

Elementary I
The Elementary I teacher training course has two parts: the academic phase and the practicum phase. Students attend classes for six weeks the first summer, and two weeks during the second summer. They attend two seminars (spring and fall) during their practicum year.

Elementary II
The Elementary II teacher training course has two parts: the academic phase and the practicum phase. Students attend classes for four weeks in the summer and two seminars (spring and fall) during the following school year. If students did a practicum in Elementary I, they do not need to do a practicum in Elementary II.

Usually students complete the two weeks of their Elementary I second summer academic phase and begin their Elementary II academic phase immediately. The calendar is designed to have the Elementary I & II courses taken sequentially.

Elementary I (6-9) Calendar:

Summer 6 weeks June – August
Fall Seminar 4 days November
Spring Seminar 4 days April
Summer II 2 weeks June – July

Elementary II (9-12) Training Calendar:

Summer 6 weeks July – August
Fall Seminar 4 days December
Spring Seminar 4 days April

The Practicum

Requirements for Practicum
Students must complete a minimum of one summer of course work, totaling a minimum of 200 hours before beginning their practicum phase. Students must do their practicum phase in an approved Montessori elementary program. There is only one practicum required if a student in doing both the Elementary I and Elementary II training at PCTE.

The function of the practicum is to provide the student a supervised teaching/learning experience and a period of observation, internalization, and further study. It is a time to bring together the theory and practice of Montessori education. The practicum may begin the September following the first summer academic phase or after the second summer of the academic phase. The practicum lasts a full academic year. Locating a practicum site is the responsibility of the student. All practicum sites must be approved by PCTE prior to the beginning of the practicum phase. There are two types of practicums:

Supervised Practicum
The supervised practicum requires that the student teacher participate five days a week, through two full semesters, for a minimum of six hours per day, in the classroom of a qualified teacher at an approved school site. A minimum of three on-site consultation-evaluation visits by the program representative are required.

Self-Directed Practicum
In special cases, students may work in a self-directed practicum. All the requirements for the supervised practicum also apply to the self-directed practicum with the exception that the intern has full responsibility for the Montessori class without the daily guidance of a qualified Montessori-supervising teacher in the classroom. There may be additional on-site observation visits from a PCTE representative to insure the practicum is progressing appropriately. There is an additional fee for each extra visit over the regular minimum three visits.

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