The Montessori program supports the fundamental tenet that a child learns best within a social environment that supports each individual's unique development. At Xavier, 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.
1 Curriculum design and teaching strategy
This course is taken with the first semester practicum. This course supports the student teacher in preparing appropriate materials for children. The student must keep a journal on a child with special needs. They study drama, art and music and how to integrate these subjects into the early childhood curriculum.
2 Phonics skills
Introductory course examining the child's development of language from birth to nine years of age. Instruction in how to teach phonics is the main emphasis in this course. Phonics will be integrated into the exploration of reading and writing skills.
3 Montessori practicum
Student teaching for fifteen weeks. The student must be in the classroom from 8:30 until 3:30 five days a week. With a variety of school districts in the Cincinnati area, practicum experiences are a must for all Xavier students.
4 Full day child care
Research supported theories and issues concerning developmentally appropriate practices for early childhood centers, birth to eight years of age. Topics include: Day Care Licensing, transitions, administration, use of community resources, children's home experiences, child abuse, program planning, making adaptations for the special needs child, and parent involvement. Students will participate in field experiences in classrooms with children from births to eight years of age.