What is Montessori Education?
The philosophy of education taught in the Montessori program was researched by Dr. Maria Montessori, the first Italian woman to graduate from medical school in Rome in 1896. Dr. Montessori's philosophy supports the fundamental tenet that a child learns best within a social environment that supports each individual's unique development.
Multi-age grouping in each class promotes peer group learning. The children work in a prepared learning environment that is child centered and beautifully arranged with learning materials to aid the child in exploration of new ideas.
The Montessori teacher learns to be a scientific observer and facilitator. The educator provides an environment for children that is developmentally appropriate to help the child grow in all areas: social, cognitive, emotional and physical.
The Montessori teacher education undergraduate program is based on a strong foundation in liberal arts and child development. The Montessori program prepares the student with an understanding of Dr. Montessori's philosophy in light of the education of the past and present. The Montessori curriculum prepares the students to teach practical life, art, music, movement, sensorial, math, language, geography, science and history.