Our BA (Hons) Montessori Early Childhood Studies degree is the right course for you if you’re interested in working in a Montessori and early years context. This first of its kind, this course will develop your knowledge, enabling you to become a competent Montessori teacher.
You’ll explore the Montessori method of education, focussing on the three elements of the Montessori Dynamic triangle: the child, the environment and the teacher. We’ll work together to explore the Montessori materials and the presentations that support children’s learning and development, giving them opportunity for self-direction, while you guide them on their journey to self-discovery.
Focusing on Montessori’s own writings, you’ll study her own theories of the secrets of childhood and on the importance of supporting the child to reach their full potential.
You’ll learn from staff who are academics and qualified Montessori practitioners. During your studies you’ll reflect on child development, cosmic education, social justice, inclusion, you’ll develop your ability to critically reflect on experiences and will have a broad and balanced societal view supported by theoretical knowledge and research evidence.
Students on the face-to-face version of this course are only required to be on campus once a week.
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Throughout your degree, you’ll work towards achieving the core Early Years Graduate Practitioner Competencies, with placement, that ensure your qualification is full and relevant for a Montessori graduate. Undertaking placements in a Montessori setting gives you great practical, hands-on experience, needed to be successful in the sector.
You’ll be able to study flexibly with us, on campus or by distance learning, and we’ll equip you with the knowledge and skills to enter an ever-changing early years workplace and make a difference to the children you work with.
It is important to us that you graduate as a well-rounded individual, with a passion for the Montessori pedagogy and early years children. So, throughout our course we’ll provide the necessary support and tools for you to succeed.
We’ll give you the opportunities to flourish as an autonomous, active learner through providing you with on-going feedback and personalised teaching approaches and resources based on learner needs, interests, and experiences.
You’ll also benefit from the research our lecturers are involved in through our Early Childhood Research Group.
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When you study with us, you’ll complete the ECGPC (Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies).
This is a professionally recognised framework that’ll enhance your employability and provide some clarity for your prospective employers as to the graduate level of your achievements.
These competencies are included on the QAA Early Childhood Studies Subject Benchmark Statements with practice at Level 6 recognised by the Department for Education (DfE).
You’ll meet the nine competencies through assessed observation of practice, practice-based tasks and academic assessment.
Our Early Childhood Resource and Research Room is packed with toys, games and equipment where you’ll be able to experience a child’s eye view of the world. Take a guided tour and meet our students.
As a Montessori Early Childhood Studies student at ARU you’ll benefit from:
Lead for Initial Teacher Training
Head of School
We’ve worked with employers in designing our BA (Hons) Montessori Early Childhood Studies, to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. We’ve also been guided by The Children’s Workforce Development Council and the Early Years Professional Framework.
Whether in nurseries or pre-schools, you’ll be qualified to work in any registered setting in England as a Montessori teacher, or in leadership roles.
"To the untrained eye, a game of tag is just children running riot. Look deeper and you see how much that child is learning from a simple game: spatial awareness, teamwork, taking turns, gross motor skills development, listening to instructions…”"Lucy
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You have the option to take a placement as part of this course. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in early years and education.Your guide to placements
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