THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS:
All you need to know about the admissions process can be found here: Admissions Process Flow Chart
Note that all our dual qualifications have an online component. We make use of Google Classroom, which can easily be accessed on a smartphone, iPad, laptop, desktop or tablet.
Students are given a basic introduction to the programme and ideally will learn many important skills using this format. Computers are available for students who require it, as well as a basic introduction to computers course. Students who opt to complete the course via distance learning, will complete most of the academic component via this portal. Distance learning students will also have to complete a contact component, which involves attendance at workshops for the practical presentations of activities.
MONTESSORI PRE-PRIMARY (3–6 YEARS) DIPLOMA & NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN ECD, LEVEL 5 (SAQA I.D. 23118)
The Part-Time programme
The Montessori Pre-primary Course is currently only offered on a part-time basis at our Johannesburg campus. It provides an excellent combination of hands-on practical experience with theory, resulting in personal growth and skills for life. The academic component includes:
- intensive grounding in Montessori philosophy and practice
- classroom management
- techniques for starting a Montessori school
- the use, sequence and method of presentation of the Montessori didactic materials in all curriculum areas
- the application of theory as well as the practical components of music & art
- as well as science & culture seminars.
Lectures alternate with practical sessions under the guidance of qualified and experienced lecturers. Each module is composed of a minimum time of 40 hours of theory and practical. In addition, students are required to spend a minimum of 100 hours of practice with each module and undertake observations at a number of ECD sites. Students are provided with a list of schools on request.
Every year classes commence in the month of February, and dates for the rest of the course are provided on the first day. Classes are held on Saturdays from 08h30 – 16h00. The academic component takes one year to complete and after successful completion thereof, students are required to complete a one-term internship in a Montessori preschool environment.
MONTESSORI INFANT AND TODDLER (0–3 YEARS) CERTIFICATE & FURTHER EDUCATION & TRAINING CERTIFICATE IN ECD, LEVEL 4 (ID: 58761)
The Part-Time programme
The Montessori Infant/Toddler Course is offered as a part-time course. It is a hands-on experiential programme in which facilitation alternates with practical sessions under the guidance of qualified and experienced facilitators. This course is suitable for the adult working in a home or infant/toddler classroom environment. The academic component takes just under one year to complete and includes a comprehensive study of Montessori philosophy and practice, covering child psychology and human development from conception to the early years. Students explore classroom management and techniques for supporting the development of infants and toddlers as well as the use, sequence and method of presentation of the Montessori didactic materials in all curriculum areas. Students are required to spend a minimum of 60 additional hours of practice with each module and undertake observations at a number of ECD sites. Students are provided with a list of schools on request. Every year classes commence in the month of February, and dates for the rest of the course are provided on the first day. Classes are held on Saturdays from 08h30 to 16h00. After the successful completion of the academic component, students are required to complete a one term internship in a Montessori Infant or Toddler environment.