Our program prepares the Adult Learner for their role as a Montessori guide in a mixed age Lower Elementary (6-9) classroom. Graduates acquire the knowledge and skills to lead Lower Elementary classrooms.The program introduces the fundamentals of Elementary I Montessori Education in two components:
- an Academic Phase, with a minimum of 401 academic hours (in class and online)
- a Practicum Phase, with a minimum of 1,080 hours, spanning a full academic year
The Elementary I Program is 24 months. This includes 2 intensive summer sessions, additional seminars held throughout the school years (lasting 3 – 4 days each), and additional hours of distance learning & readings.
Graduates will earn a Duhovka Montessori Elementary I credential.
Level Director – Judith Luman Ed.S.
Judy graduated from the University of South Florida in Business Management and from Barry University in Elementary Education with a concentration in Montessori Education. She then earned a Specialist degree from Barry University in Early Childhood Education, with a concentration in Montessori Education. She also completed the Education Leadership certification program at the University of North Florida.
Judy began her career at Amelia Island Montessori School. She taught for 15 years in a 6-9 classroom and 5 years in a 9-12 classroom. She has taught for Barry University and other Training Centers in the United States and abroad.
Judy earned her 6-9 credential and 9-12 credential at North Carolina Center Montessori Teacher Education Program. Judy completed an AMS and MACTE credential program at the 2.5-6 level and holds (2) AMS credentials at the 6 – 12 level. She is the Methodologist of Montessori Education for Duhovka Montessori Elementary Schools and Level Director of Duhovka Montessori Elementary Programs.
Early Childhood Overview
The Early Childhood Overview course is a compulsory pre-requisite to the Elementary I course for participants who do not hold a credential from an internationally recognized Early Childhood (2.5 – 6) course (AMS, AMI, or other MACTE accredited).
Class work will include a combination of presentation, theory and hands on experience during supervised lab work. The academic part of the program is complemented with distance learning courses within these areas:
- Montessori Philosophy and Theory (16 hrs)
- Child Development (16 hrs)
- Math (44 hrs)
- Geometry and Fractions (28 hrs)
- Language Arts (57 hrs)
- Practical Life (12 hrs)
- Humanities – Art, Music, Drama and Movement (36 hrs)
- All Sciences are taught through presentations, discussions, charts, timelines, experiments, stories and The Great Lessons. Natural Sciences include Chemistry and Physics, Earth Science, Geography, History, Botany and Zoology (96 hrs)
- Management for Montessori Teachers (24 hrs)
- Curriculum Design (20 hrs)
- FLL – Foreign Language Learning (24 hrs)
- Practicum Seminar (16 hrs)
- Independent Study – Yearlong Project (12 hrs)
The Practicum experience is crucial for the transformation of a Montessori teacher. Practicum can be done in a classroom with a Supervising Teacher or Self Directed. Observations and discussions with our experienced Field Supervisor will give the Interns support as they work toward Practicum completion. Two major projects are developed during the Practicum.
The Practicum consists of at least 1080 hours during a minimum of 1 school year in a classroom fulfilling Duhovka Montessori standards.
Training in Prague, Czech Republic
Fees and Registration
Application fee $75
This non-refundable fee is submitted with application.
Tuition fee $6700
The tuition is paid in 2 installments (50% before Summer 1 and 50% before Summer 2)
Books and Manuals $650
We use manuals by Montessori Research and Development
1. Contact us, using the form below, to request your application package.
2. You will receive an application package including
- Application form
- Student Handbook
- Payment information
3. Submit the Application together with required documents and Application fee payment.
*Detailed instructions are listed in the Student Handbook
- Program application form
- Professional resume
- Motivation letter
- University transcript
- English language at a fluent level
- Bachelor’s degree minimum
- Optional Early Childhood Overview: June 1 – 2
- Seminar 1: December 1 – 3, 2017
- Seminar 2: January 26 – 28, 2018
- Seminar 3: March 16 – 18, 2018
- Summer 1: June 3 – 16, 2018 *includes Saturdays
- Seminar 4: December 2018
- Seminar 5: March 2019
- Summer 2: June 10 – June 21, 2019 *includes Saturdays
- Seminar 6: October 2019
- Seminar 7: December 2019