Dr Montessori's philosophy and method of education have been known and highly respected in Ireland for the past century. Her seamless blending of intellectual, concrete, aesthetic, relevant and meaningful experiences for children has influenced a host of curricula, practices, policies and initiatives regarding environments which support the holistic development of children.
The St. Nicholas Montessori B.Ed. in Montessori Education is Ireland's premier early years' degree, kickstarting the careers of 1000's of Montessori teachers and early years professionals.
Graduates of the BEd in Montessori Education find employment as advanced practitioners in Early Childhood in the following roles:
Teachers in Montessori Early Childhood care or educational settings;
Members of a work-force in ECEC settings, which include direct work with children, and supervision and management roles;
Owner/managers in privately owned Montessori Early Childhood settings;
Community and voluntary based managers and inspectors;
Managers, administrators in City and County Childcare Committees, Family Resource Centres and HSE specialist ECEC services;
Managers or teachers in Naionraí.
The B.Ed. in Montessori Education is designed for learners who wish to embark on a career in Montessori Teaching and Early Years Education and Care (ECEC). It is a broad-based modular programme incorporating Montessori pedagogy and philosophy with the core knowledge and skills necessary to work in the early childhood sector.
The programme also provides training in business skills appropriate for those wishing to set up /manage a small business. Learners are required to complete a significant practicum (500 hours over the first three years and 100 hours in year 4), in relevant settings.
Mode of Study
Programmes are delivered in our Dun Laoghaire campus, just a few minutes walk from the DART station. Some modules or parts of modules may also be delivered online via web conferencing, or live lectures online.
Placement takes place each year and this can be arranged in schools throughout the country (additional fees may apply for placements in settings outside a 50km radius of Dun Laoghaire).
The full-time programme is delivered Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 4 pm.
The part-time programme runs in the evenings and at weekends. Typically you will be required to attend two evenings per week + Saturday. Part-time is only available to EU/Irish students or those who do not require a Stamp 2 visa to study in Ireland.
Both Full Time and Part Time programmes make use of learning technologies to enhance the learner experience. This includes some live virtual classes, online learning resources, access to our learning management system and other online systems and our unique learning portal app.
Bachelor of Education (Hons)
Level 8 Montessori Education
A B.Ed (Hons) Montessori will provide learners with a broad-based education in Montessori philosophy for the child in what Montessori called, the first two planes of development (0-6, 6-12). This level 8 degree is excellent preparation for future work and study. Graduates can work as Montessori Primary School teachers or as Montessori Primary School teachers or as Montessori teachers/owners/managers in early years' education settings. Garda vetting is mandatory.
Leaving Certificate - H5 in two Higher
Level subjects plus minimum Four O6's in Ordinary Level subjects to include English and Mathematics, or another equivalent level 5 award.
Bachelor of Education (Hons)
Level 7 Montessori Education
This programme is for educators who wish to embark on a career working with children in Montessori early years environments. The programme includes a blend of lectures, tutorials, practical workshops and a substantial placement experience at each stage. Garda vetting is mandatory.
Montessori Education 1, 2, 3: Early Years/Transitions to Early Primary
Montessori Practice 1, 2, 3: Early Years/Transitions to Early Primary
Psychology: Developmental, Social, Teaching and Learning
Social, Legal and Policy Issues
Health, Wellbeing and Nutrition
Montessori/Creativity in Education
Inclusive Education/Special Education
Academic and Research Skills
Duration: 3 Years
Leaving Certificate - Five O6's/H7's in ordinary level subjects to include English and Mathematics, or another equivalent level 5 award.