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Infant & Toddler (Birth to 3)

Infant and Toddler

For teaching children from birth to age 3       Ready to Apply?
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"Familiarity Breeds Love."--Philip Glass, 
Composer

 

This course was designed and developed by Carole Wolfe Korngold, M.A. and Virginia Varga, Ph.D. Both Carole and Ginny are American Montessori Society Living Legacies.

The Center for Montessori Education/NY was the first Montessori teacher education program in the United States to offer an AMS Infant and Toddler Montessori credential. Our faculty has been hand-picked by Carole and Ginny because they are lively, engaging, insightful, knowledgeable, flexible, and passionate. They are deeply imbued with love for infants and toddlers.

"When mental development is under discussion, there are many who say, 'How does movement come into it? We are talking about the mind.'And when we think of intellectual activity, we always imagine people sitting still, motionless. But mental development must be connected with movement and be dependent on it. It is vital that educational theory and practice should become informed by this idea." -- Dr. Maria Montessori

 

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CME|NY was the first program in the United States to offer Montessori Infant and Toddler certification. The CME|NY Infant and Toddler program offer professional training for people who aspire to or already work with children between birth and three years of age. Teaching how to provide quality care, create appropriate environments, and nurture optimal development for this age group, the course covers Montessori Philosophy, Pedagogy, Child Development, Environmental Design, Child, Family and Community, Observation, Personal Growth and Development, Program Leadership.

Each annual cohort is limited in enrollment size to ensure a warm, supportive group. Learning occurs in a cooperative and nurturing environment that supports the professional and personal development of Adult Learner. Participants increase their own knowledge and understanding through a variety of engaging and transformative learning experiences. The course is a journey of self-discovery and increased awareness to deepen and enhance the joys and satisfactions of working with children from birth to three.

CME|NY prepares adult learners to be competent, caring, and capable Montessori guides and seeks to transform today’s enrollees into tomorrow’s Montessori leaders. Our Infant and Toddler course is designed to include the three categories of competencies required by AMS and MACTE: Knowledge, Pedagogy, and Teaching with Grace and Courtesy.  Our program is aligned and in compliance with the quality principles required of MACTE accreditation:

•  Our faculty is committed to the on-going development and enhancement of our programs.

•  Our programs have resources, practices, and sound management to support our adult learners with integrated academic and practicum experiences that lead to successful comprehension of Montessori methods.

•  Our graduates fluently demonstrate the knowledge and understanding gained through our programs in their Montessori environments and schools and in their lives. We have a 95% employment rate after graduation from the Infant and Toddler program.

Here is why you should choose the CME|NY Infant and Toddler Course if you want an AMS Credential:

  • Well-organized content that follows the arc of the school year.
  • Clear assignments that deepen your understanding of course content and enable you to experience and chart your own growth.
  • Due dates and expectations for completion of work to assist in the successful on-time completion of your credential.
  • Rubrics for assessments.
  • Professional public speaking training for case study presentations.
  • Personal on-going support from Infant and Toddler specialists with experience in infant and toddler classrooms
  • Year-round class schedule to scaffold your learning and processing which enables you to apply the philosophy and methods to your practical experience and deepen your understanding of Montessori for infants and toddlers.
  • Course curriculum includes a module on special needs to help you have the resources you need to support the diversity of children in our schools.
  • ASPIRE approved for New York State EIP Scholarship Funding of $4,000 per trainee.

You’re only going to take your Infant and Toddler training once—make sure you get the training and the support you and the children deserve!

 


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CME|NY Infant and Toddler Faculty with our AMS/MACTE Accreditation On-Site

From left to right: AMS/MACTE Accreditation On-Site Chair Darla Miller, AMS Living Legacy Maria Gravel, AMS Accreditation On-Site Team Member Michele Mohar, CME|NY Founder and AMS Living Legacy and Past President Carole Wolfe Korngold, CME|NY CEO K.T. Korngold, Master Infant Toddler Teacher and AMS Living Legacy Virginia Varga, CME|NY Administrative Coordinator Marisa Rae

 

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If you enroll in the Current Cohort, with a start date of Monday, July 23, 2018,  begin your nine-month practicum phase in September, and complete all your assignments, you can be recommended for an AMS INFANT AND TODDLER CERTIFICATION by the end of July 2019.

CME|NY was the first program in the United States to offer Montessori Infant and Toddler certification.

The CME|NY Infant and Toddler program offer professional training for people who want to work with children between birth and three years of age.

Teaching how to provide quality care, create appropriate environments and nurture optimal development for this age group, the program is designed for everyone who cares for infants and toddlers – Montessorians and non-Montessorians alike – including:

  • Child care teachers
  • Home child care providers
  • Center directors
  • Social workers
  • Parents

An integral part of the curriculum is direct exposure to infants and toddlers in a working Montessori environment.  By attending some classes at the Montessori Children's Center in White Plains, NY, Adult Learners have the opportunity to observe a year-round, all-day Montessori environment in action.  Adult Learners gain insights observing the children--and the adults--and develop a new understanding of the importance of observation as a key tool for effective teaching and growth.

 

Academic Course

Curriculum includes:

  • Montessori philosophy and pedagogy
  • Child development
  • Physical health and care during pregnancy and childbirth
  • Design and preparation of responsive environments
  • Communication with the child, family, and community
  • Importance of observation and techniques
  • Personal growth and development
  • Strategies for managing an effective program
  • Working collaboratively with administrators and assistants
  • Child care issues in today’s society

Our faculty to adult learner ratio is 2:10.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE SEE INFANT AND TODDLER COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Practicum experience

Adult Learners begin the practicum experience in the fall, while they are attending the academic program. The practicum experience is  a nine-month internship in a Montessori Infant or Toddler environment. This is a paid position in most schools.  The Adult Learner works under the supervision of a certified Infant and Toddler Montessori teacher or in a self-directed environment with the guidance of a CME|NY consultant – for a minimum of three hours per day, five days per week. With our new year-round model, Adult Learners will have the on-going support of the group with monthly meetings and a curriculum that follows the arc of the school year.

During the practicum experience, a representative from CME|NY will visit the student for three on-site consultations.  This cost is included in the tuition.  For on-site consultations outside the U.S. and/or beyond a 100-mile radius of the nearest qualified field consultant, the adult learner will be responsible for the additional costs of travel expenses incurred.

CLASS SCHEDULE ENROLLING COHORT 2018-2019

Infant and Toddler 2018-2019 Cohort Schedule

JULY 2018: 10 day  Kick-Off

Monday, July 23 - Friday, July 27, 2018, and Monday, July 30 - Friday, August 3, 2018
Integrated Curriculum: What is Montessori for Infants and Toddlers? Understanding Montessori Philosophy and Understanding the Human Being/What is Pedagogy?/The Necessary Transformation of the Adult/ Key Concepts and Understandings/Preparation of the Environment/Preparation of the Guide/Reflection, Phase In, Environmental Design, Observation, Observation at the Montessori Children's Center, Communication, Personal Growth

Followed by:
6-weekend sessions, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (7 hour class duration and 1-hour lunch break)
28 total hours on-line Human Development classes February through March 

No class in September

OCTOBER 2018: Focus on Philosophy and Pedagogy
Saturday, October 6: Philosophy
& Sunday October 7: Pedagogy

NOVEMBER 2018: Focus on Observation, Philosophy and Pedagogy
Friday, November 2: Observation at Montessori Children's Center (in West Harrison, NY) and Philosophy
& Saturday, November 3: Pedagogy

DECEMBER 2018:  Focus on Child, Family, Community and Human Development
Saturday, December 1:  Child, Family, Community
& Sunday, December 2:  Human Development

JANUARY 2019: Focus on Environmental Design and Child, Family Community
Saturday, January 5: Environmental Design
& Sunday, January 6:  Child, Family, Community

FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2019
21 total hours Human Development
On-line classes according to your own schedule

APRIL 2019: Focus on Program Leadership and Administration
Saturday, April 6 & Sunday, April 7: Program Leadership and Administration, How to Work with Assistants, Advanced Activities, Glossary Review, Case Study Presentation Practice, Human Development "The Voice" Presentation

MAY 2019: Focus on Developing as a Guide  (Classes on both days will meet at the Montessori Children's Center in West Harrison, NY)
Saturday, May 4 & Sunday, May 5: Observation at NICU, Human Development, Special Needs

JUNE  2019: Wrap-up Week
Wednesday, June 26 - Sunday June 30:
Pedagogy, Environmental Design, Practicum 2, Program Leadership and Administration, Human Development, Case Study Presentations, Completion Celebration

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"The mere imparting of information is not education." --Carter G. Woodson, American Historian 

 

 

 


Center for Montessori Education|NY ™
1 Radisson Plaza, Suite 904
New Rochelle, New York 10801
p. 914.363.8663 | f. 914.363.8668

Our office hours are Monday-Thursday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm.
Please call to set up an appointment if you wish to meet with us in person.

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