Infant Toddler Montessori Diploma Program

Infant Toddler Montessori Diploma Program

To guide children aged 0 to 3 years

Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.” – Dr. Maria Montessori

The Infant Toddler Montessori Diploma Program has designated intake start dates annually in January, May and September.

Next Program Start Date: September 3, 2024

End Date: June 1, 2025

Part-time: 10 month program (approx.)

Virtual Lectures:
Weekly on Tuesday evenings:
– 6:00PM to 8:00PM (MST)
– 8:00PM to 10:00PM (EST)

Locations:

– Toronto: 8525 Torbram Rd, Brampton, ON L6T 5K4
– Calgary: 4963 Front Street SE, Calgary, AB, T3M 2M3

Accreditation

Program Overview

The Montessori philosophy, which is at the heart of this program, is offered within the framework of contemporary child development for children between the ages of 0 to 3 years. Developmentally appropriate materials support all learning concepts and are modelled within the prepared environment.

This MACTE accredited Infant Toddler Montessori Diploma Program is geared towards adult learners who are working or plan to work full-time in a Montessori School environment. Our highly qualified faculty, advanced curriculum and blended (online and in-person) approach offers unparalleled learning opportunities for our adult learners. Graduates from our programs become problem solvers, innovators and resourceful Montessori educational guides for children.

Our blended program is comprised of the following mandatory components:

Please see below for details regarding practicum hours, observation hours and practical review day schedules.

Program Courses

  • MIT401 Child Development
  • MIT402 Infant Home and Community: The Prepared Environment & Developmental Aids
  • MIT403 Toddler Home and Community: The Prepared Environment
  • MIT404 Toddler Home and Community: Developmental Aids
  • MIT405 Toddler Home and Community: Practical Life
  • MIT406 Toddler Home and Community: Self-Expression & Professional Development
  • MIT407 Early Childhood Overview
  • MIT430 Infant Toddler Practicum
  • MIT431 Infant Toddler Practical Review

Testimonials

MTC’s helpful and knowledgeable staff guided me through the course, not only providing me with the skills for the classroom, but also making me a true believer in the Montessori method and philosophy. Promptly after my graduation I was offered a job in a wonderful school

– Kate K.

Practical Review

The In-Person Practical Review Days provide an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with Montessori materials and to learn from experienced instructors regarding the fundamentals of giving strong and meaningful presentations to a child. 

In-Person Practical Review Days will take place on the tentatively scheduled Saturdays or Sundays outlined below at our Toronto and/or Calgary campuses from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (EST and MST).

Toronto: 8525 Torbram Rd, Brampton, ON L6T 5K4
Calgary: 4963 Front Street SE, Calgary, AB, T3M 2M3

Sunday, September 15, 2024 Sunday, October 6, 2024 Sunday, November 10, 2024
Sunday, November 24, 2024 Sunday, December 8, 2024 Saturday, December 21, 2024
Sunday, January 12, 2025 Saturday, January 25, 2025 Sunday, February 2, 2025
Sunday, February 16, 2025 Saturday, March 8, 2025 Sunday, March 23, 2025
Sunday, April 6, 2025 Sunday, April 13, 2025 Saturday, April 26, 2025
Saturday, May 25, 2025 Sunday, June 1, 2025  

Note: All posted dates and locations are tentative and subject to change at the discretion of the College

Pure and Formal Observation

Learners must complete the Observation component, which includes: 

  • 30 hours of pure observation
  • 10 hours of observation in an Infant environment
  • 10 hours of observation in a Toddler environment
  • 10 hours of observation in a Casa environment

The above hours are required to complete Observation Reports that are due at various times throughout the program. Observation Report #1 is due in MIT401. Please note that learners cannot progress in the course without submitting observation reports in a timely manner.

If employed at a school, learners must make the appropriate arrangements to complete these hours within the due dates. While completing observation hours, the learner cannot be counted in ratio and must silently observe the room.

If learners are not currently employed at a school, arrangements must be made immediately. Learners are asked to please consult with their student handbook for guidelines on how to make these arrangements.

Practicum Internship

Learners must complete 360 hours in an approved Montessori classroom with children between the ages of 0-3. Of these hours, there must be a minimum of 150 hours in a Toddler Montessori classroom. The remaining hours can be completed in either an Infant and/or Toddler Montessori classroom. The practicum site(s) must meet the College’s requirements:

  • The site must conduct an authentic Montessori program
  • The site must have a prepared environment that contains the Montessori materials for the appropriate age level
  • The site must maintain an uninterrupted work cycle that is age appropriate
  • The site must maintain multi-age groupings to support social development
  • The site must provide the college opportunity to complete 3-6 virtual field visits

A list of Montessori materials is available here. During the completion of practicum hours, learners are expected to observe, assist and participate in all aspects of the children’s development and growth in their assigned classroom. Learners may only submit their Practicum Documentation upon the completion of MIT401 and MIT402. Hours may only be logged after the submission has been approved and a Field Supervisor has been assigned.  

Please note that some program hours cannot be counted towards the Practicum, including but not limited to: before/after school programs, camps, recess, lunch coverage, breaks, or hours completed outside of the appropriate age level. Hours must be logged on a consistent schedule in a minimum of 2 hour work cycle increments.

Admission and Fees

Admission Requirements

Applicants must:

Be 18 years of age or older

Submit a current resume

Have completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or equivalent), College Diploma or University Degree 

Pass the English Language Assessment

Submit Photo Identification

Admission Process

The admission process is as follows:

Step 1: Submit the Application Form

Step 2: Upload required supporting documents here within 24 hours of your application submission

Step 3: Montessori Teachers College will contact you to set up a virtual interview which involves an oral language assessment

Step 4: Upon a successful interview and review of your submitted documents, Montessori Teachers College will require the completion of a written language assessment which will be sent to you by email

Step 5: Upon successful completion of the written language assessment, Montessori Teachers College will email you the Acceptance Letter

Program Fees

Application Fee: Waived

Registration Fee: $500.00 (due upon acceptance – non refundable)

Infant Toddler Montessori Diploma Tuition: $6,180.00 (in addition to the initial non refundable $500.00 deposit)

Payment Options:

Option #1: 
10 monthly instalments of $618.00 (1st of every month, not including initial non refundable $500.00 deposit)

Option #2: 
Lump Sum of $6,680.00 upon acceptance (includes non refundable $500.00 deposit and $6,180.00 tuition) 

Montessori Teachers College recommends candidates budget approximately $120 for books and an additional $200 for printing and supplies.

Please note: We are happy to discuss alternative payment schedules. Please contact registrar@mtcedu.com to inquire.

Program Aims and Objectives

  • To love and respect each individual child’s spirit and purpose
  • To have a deeper understanding of the Montessori philosophy and methodology
  • To obtain knowledge and practical Montessori skills
  • To apply your experience, skills and knowledge in an Infant Toddler classroom
  • To understand and appreciate the art of classroom management in a Montessori prepared classroom
  • To apply your knowledge and skills with your own child(ren)
  • To be a professional, caring Infant Toddler Montessori teacher (guide/directress/facilitator) in any Infant Toddler class around the world

You will learn how to guide healthy growth and development during the child’s very important early years. The child between the ages of 0 to 3 requires a safe, engaging, and nurturing prepared environment to develop trust in themselves and their world. By offering age-appropriate activities and gentle feedback, you as the Montessori guide will help to build the child’s confidence in their evolving and emerging abilities, developing coordination and language skills, and guiding them to gain their independence in daily tasks and activities.

Career Opportunities

After completing your Infant Toddler Montessori Diploma Program, you can apply to the following positions:

Montessori Teachers College does not guarantee admission or successful completion of the diploma program offered.

Montessori Teachers College does not guarantee employment to those who successfully complete the diploma program.

Admission to the diploma program does not guarantee the adult learner the right to enter Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) or to receive a visa or other document required under that Act.