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American Montessori Society: Early Childhood Certification

The Oklahoma City University Montessori Teacher Certification Program provides all of coursework necessary to be recommended for an American Montessori Early Childhood Certificate. The program was affiliated by the American Montessori Society and accredited through the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education beginning in the early 1970s, and we are currently going through the re-accreditation process.

This program is a Continuing Education program that fulfills all of requirement to earn an American Montessori Society Early Childhood Certification over a 2 year time period. The program begins in July with some summer coursework in addition to fall and spring classes.

The Montessori classroom is a prepared environment in which children’s inherent love of learning is encouraged by engaging them in purposeful and meaningful activities. Through their work, children develop concentration and self-discipline. Within this structured and orderly environment, children progress, each at his/her own pace, facilitated by a credentialed Montessori teacher.

Dr. Montessori’s observations of children led her to design multi-sensory, sequential and self-correcting materials. Learning through concrete, hands-on materials provides a firm foundation for later abstract thinking. Multi-age groupings are also a part of the prepared environment. A three-year age span in each class allows for learning to take place naturally. More experienced children share what they have learned while reinforcing their own learning.
The Montessori Method is based on a deep respect for children and a thorough understanding of child development. The primary goal of a Montessori education is to help each child reach his/her full potential in all areas of life.

For more information about this program, contact the director of the Montessori Teacher Education Program, Jennifer Bush, via email.