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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services, Inc. | Evaluated Learning Experience

Maria Montessori: Topics and Readings Related to Her Life and Work (380)

45 hours (20 weeks); includes 2.5 hours per week of supervised structured independent study. In addition, supervisors meet twice monthly with participants to assess and guide progress and assimilation.
Various child care facilities associated with the Caritas Training Center.
January 2001 - August 2005.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: discuss Montessori's approach to life and human development; discuss how current research validates Montessori's basic philosophy that education is not what the teacher gives, but is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the human individual and acquired not by listening to the words, but by experiences upon the environment; plan, design, document educational experiences for each child that incorporate Montessori's philosophy, as well as current research, and provide movement activities that fit into the developmental sequence.


This course explores topics and readings of Maria Montessori's original works emphasizing her philosophy and methodology related especially to the importance of movement in education. Course participants compare recent studies of the developing brain in infants and toddlers showing the correlation to what Dr. Montessori observed and described and upon which the learning approach is based, submit a final essay, quoting from and citing Montessori's original works, and comparing and contrasting her philosophy with other developmental approaches. 

Credit recommendation: 
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Montessori Education (11/00).