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London Metropolitan University

Montessori Early Childhood Practice

UCAS Code: X404

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

You will be required to have English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

UCAS Tariff

112

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Early childhood studies

**Why study this course?**

Our Montessori Early Childhood Practice BA (Hons) is delivered in partnership with Montessori International, which is a leading provider of early years and Montessori training.

You’ll study at the Montessori Centre International located in St John’s Wood and be taught by Montessori specialists to use their teaching materials, study child development and explore contemporary early childhood practice in accordance with the Montessori philosophy and practice. Each year of the programme also offers a work placement, during which you’ll learn how theory and practice come together on a professional placement.

**More about this course**

Our Montessori Early Childhood Practice BA (Hon) examines the study of play, development and learning of young children focusing on Montessori philosophy and practice.

On the course you’ll be introduced to historical, political and socio-cultural contexts that affect early childhood studies. You will explore range of local and international perspectives too passive with reference to children’s rights, children’s health and wellbeing, as well as pedagogical and curriculum approaches. You will also draw on disciplines such as psychology, sociology and social policy when studying child development and play.

The distinct philosophy and pedagogy of Montessori practice is embedded throughout the course, with the aim of helping you to develop as a reflective practitioner who is forward thinking, responsive and ready to engage in contemporary early years discourse. You’ll also find emphasis on active learning with a gradual transition from guided study to more independent and self-directed learning.

Our approach will combine face-to-face and online study to provide flexibility but also allow you to collaborate with tutors and fellow students. Our virtual learning environment will hold all key resources, including interactive workbooks, additional reading, video and text resources. It will also provide an additional source for communication with fellow students and tutors, as well as being a hub for assignment submission, formative feedback and peer review. During classes we’ll employ a variety of teaching and learning strategies, including workshop-seminars, lectures, apparatus practice in specifically equipped Montessori classrooms, guided reading, individual tutorials, independent study and opportunities for reflection on practice.

In addition to our University resources, such as the Learning Centre, you’ll have access to the specialist Montessori and early years library located in St John’s Wood. You’ll also have access to a common room, where you’ll be able to discuss your lessons and practice with fellow students.

Our programme is focused on workplace skills and professional practice and therefore you’ll undertake observations during your placement and complete a range of tasks and reflective exercises to improve your theoretical understanding in the context of professional practice. You’ll handle curriculum materials and make evaluations of curriculum approaches, resources and practice and reflect on techniques to promote effective interactions with parents/carers. You’ll also develop transferable skills in presenting evidence, arguments and points of view to a range of audiences through a range of media.

If you have already studied with MCI and have either the former MCI International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy, or the current MCI Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy – birth to seven (Early Years Educator), you are awarded university credits (APL) and gain direct entry to Year 2 (Level 5). Choose to study either full-time over two years, or part-time over four years.

Modules

Year 1 modules include:

Montessori Early Childhood Practice Curriculum (1)
Montessori Early Childhood Practice Curriculum (2)
Perspectives on Children’s Development and Well-being
Professional Studies and Practitioner Placement (1)
Year 2 modules include:

Professional Studies and Practitioner Enquiry
Approaches to Pedagogy and Curriculum in Early Childhood
Supporting Diversity in Early Childhood
Personal, Social and Emotional Development Matters
Creative Thinking and Representation from Birth to Six
Year 3 modules include:

Leading Practice in a Montessori Setting
Montessori Early Childhood Practice Project
Reading Research and Research Methods in Early Childhood
Debating Montessori Provision: Birth to Three

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed by a series of practical assessments that will be setting-based. There will also be written assignments, presentations and a portfolio. In your final year you will complete a research project.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Montessori Centre International

Department:

School of Social Professions

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1%
International students
8%
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92%
Female students
48%
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26%
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