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Infant and Toddler (Birth to Age 3) Credential

Credit Recommendation

  • ECE 210 - Observation & Assessment in Early Childhood Programs: 3 credits, lower division level
  • ECE 350 - History of Montessori Education: 3 credits, upper division level
  • SOC 210 - Sociology of the Family: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Field Experience/Practicum in Infant/Toddler Montessori Education: 6 credits, upper division level (can be used to fulfill a requirement for ECE 399 – Child Studies Practicum)
  • Human Development: Prenatal to 3 Years: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Infant/Toddler Care - Montessori Methods and Techniques: 3 credits, lower division level (can be used to fulfill a requirement for ECE 261 – Infant/Toddler Care: Methods and Techniques)
  • Montessori Advanced Language and Literacy: Infant/Toddler: 3 credits, upper division level (can be used to fulfill a requirement for ECE 304 – Advanced Language and Literacy: Infant/Toddler)
  • Montessori Infant/Toddler Program Leadership and Administration: 3 credits, lower division level

Effective Dates 

Permanent

Issuing Agency

American Montessori Society (AMS)

The American Montessori Society (AMS) issues Montessori credentials to successful graduates of AMS-affiliated Teacher Education Programs (TEPs) who hold a BA or BS degree (or higher).  An Associate credential for Infant & Toddler and Early Childhood levels is awarded to those who have completed high school but do not hold a college degree.  

How to Apply for the Credit

Credit Recommendation Details / Competencies

Field Experience/Practicum in Infant/Toddler Montessori Education: 6 credits, upper division level
Provides a supervised teaching/learning experience and a period of observation, internalization, and further study to bring together the theory and practice of Montessori education in a Montessori environment. The environment is prepared with materials and activities that respond to the developmental and varied needs and interests of the specific age group from birth to age three. On-site consultations are provided, along with support, feedback, coaching, and mentoring. Although the learning is specifically related to the Montessori approach, this course can be used to fulfill a requirement for ECE 399 – Child Studies Practicum

Human Development: Prenatal to 3 Years: 3 credits, lower division level
Covers child development according to Dr. Maria Montessori, as well as the perspectives of major contemporary theorists. Includes prenatal development and childbirth, followed by the study of the young child's development in such areas as: cognitive, emotional, nutritional, neurological, psychological, fine and gross motor skills, physiological, physical, and social.

Infant/Toddler Care - Montessori Methods and Techniques: 3 credits, lower division level
Although the learning is specifically related to the Montessori approach, this course can be used to fulfill a requirement for ECE 261 – Infant/Toddler Care: Methods and Techniques

Montessori Advanced Language and Literacy: Infant/Toddler: 3 credits, upper division level
Although the learning is specifically related to the Montessori approach, this course can be used to fulfill a requirement for ECE 304 – Advanced Language and Literacy: Infant/Toddler

Montessori Infant/Toddler Program Leadership and Administration: 3 credits, lower division level
Covers strategies to manage an effective program based on historical Montessori foundations. Includes administrative issues such as budgets, fees, funding, legislation, personnel, scheduling, and standards. Also covers specific concerns of leadership including human needs and requirements for children, families, and staff and provides skills for defining and developing leadership skills.