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Montessori Middle School Teacher Training
If you are interested in more detailed information about our course, please consult the WMSTEP Student Handbook by clicking on the following link: Handbook
WMSTEP is a Montessori teacher education program designed for adults working with early adolescents. Our goal is to give participants a solid background in Montessori philosophy, adolescent psychology, and the best practices of Middle School curriculum. Participants will be provided with the information and support necessary to design programs that meet the developmental needs of early adolescents, as well as the high standards of Montessori education.
This Montessori Middle School training program takes place over two summers, with a practicum year in between. During the school year, participants will gain classroom experience, complete a variety of reading and writing assignments, and research a topic relevant to their work. Participants will also attend two three-day seminars during the school year, and a weekend field-study during the second summer. Attendance at all classes is required.
WMSTEP has been designed by a staff with long experience in Montessori adolescent education. The Washington Montessori School, located in scenic Litchfield County, has run a successful program for early adolescents for over twenty years.
WMSTEP classes will be held at:The Washington Montessori School240 Litchfield TurnpikeNew Preston, CT 06777Phone: 860-868-0551
WMSTEP’s Summer I includes four weeks of course work :
July 8, 2012 - August 2, 2013
Classes begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. Summer I classes are followed by a sixteen-month teaching practicum in a Montessori adolescent classroom. Weekend retreats will be scheduled for two weekends during the 2013-2014 school year. WMSTEP staff will visit each participant in the course twice during the school year to provide support. A third and final visit will be scheduled after all requirements have been completed.
November 7-9, 2013
April 10-12, 2014
Summer II classes for participants who started the program the summer of 2013 will begin July 7, 2013 and end August 1, 2013.
The Montessori Middle School training includes the following courses:1. Montessori Philosophy and Child Development:Instructor: Barat DelVicario2. Montessori Elementary Overview:Instructors: Sheila Coad-Bernard & WMS Elementary Staff3. Adolescent Psychology: Instructors: Tom Fahsbender & Mark Dansereau4. Trends and Issues in Secondary Education: Instructor: Mark Dansereau 5. Organization,Structure and Operation of Montessori Secondary Schools: Instructor: Mark Dansereau 6. Curriculum Development:Instructors: Bev Smith & Tom Fahsbender7. Classroom Leadership: Instructors: Sheila Coad-Bernard & Mark Dansereau8. Teaching Strategies: Instructors: Sheila Coad-Bernard & Barat DelVicario9. Observation, record keeping and assessment: Instructor: Sheila Coad-Bernard10. Montessori Overview:An additional course in Montessori philosophy and early childhood will be required for students who have not earned a Montessori 9-12 credential. During summer, the overview course will be offered from July 1-5, 2013. (No class July 4, 2013)
Requirements outside of summer classes:
1) Sixteen month teaching practicum: 1080 hours in an early adolescent classroom.
2) Year long individual research project.
3) Journal and reading assignments during the practicum year.
4) Observation assignments.
5) Attendance at two three-day retreats
6) Erdkinder retreat during Summer II.
After completion of all course requirements, students will receive a third and final visit for certification.Housing: Home stays will be offered to WMSTEP students on a weekly basis for the month of July. In addition, we have arranged group rates with several local inns and motels.
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.orgTuition: $8000 including all fees and materials. Excludes cost of transportation and lodging for three practicum visits.
WMSTEP is affiliated with the American Montessori Society (AMS) 281 Park Ave South NY, NY 10010 (212) 358-1250 and accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) 524 Main St Suite 202 Monument Square Racine, WI 53403 (262) 898-1846.