Montessori teachers are trained through various methods including full time, part time and distance learning courses which provide a foundation in Montessori philosophy and demonstrations of Montessori didactic apparatus including an opportunity to practise. The Montessori Campus favours an active learning approach.
The Montessori curriculum is organised around specific teaching materials which are developmentally sequenced. Each curriculum area is taught to teacher trainees by careful demonstration of the presentation and use of each curriculum material in sequence. Students then practice the techniques they have seen demonstrated until they have mastered the material well enough to use it with the children. The students absorb an understanding of child development and education through observation, and explanation of the practice they see demonstrated. Further study of child development and Montessori theory is provided through a structured programme of guided readings, class discussions, and assignments. Regular assessment of the trainee’s progress is made throughout the duration of the course to ensure that a high level of understanding is reached with emphasis on application of acquired skills.
In this way, trainee teachers learn the use of specific materials and techniques for helping children learn and develop. At the same time they develop a theory of learning, development, curriculum, and teaching which supports, and is consistent with, the practice of authentic Montessori Methodology.