B.Ed in Montessori Education

General

Program Description

Montessori Education

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.

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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.

Overview

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).

Full-time

The full-time programme is delivered Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 4 pm.

Part-time

The part-time programme runs in the evenings and at weekends. Typically you will be required to attend two evenings per week + Saturday.

Blended Learning

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.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to this programme must meet normal HETAC/QQI requirements for entry to a level 7 or level 8 programme as follows:

  • Level 7: O6 or H7 or above in 5 subjects which must include maths and English.
  • Level 8: H5 or above in 2 higher level subjects AND a minimum of 4 O6s at the ordinary level which must include maths and English.

Applicants may apply under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), and Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning, (RPEL), and are considered on a case by case basis. Applicants wishing to apply to the course using RPL and or RPEL must inform the College at the time of application. Further details on the requirements and processes for RPL and RPEL can be found on this website on the RPL page.

International Applications

Applications from international learners are very welcome. Please register your interest and we will be in touch with next steps.

Fees

  • Full-time fees = € 5,990 per year
  • Part-time fees = € 4,990 per year (€1,000 discount applies for Year 1, i.e. €3,990)

International students who require a study visa to reside in Ireland are subject to higher fees as follows:

  • Full-time fees = €6,990 per year

Newly enrolling students must pay a €500 deposit to secure a place. The deposit will be deducted from the first year’s fees.

Instalment plans are available.

This programme is eligible for funding under the SUSI grant scheme.

Income tax credit at the marginal rate of 20% is also available for Irish taxpayers for all fees over the threshold of €1,000.

Example:

  • Total Fees = €5,990
  • Tax credit = € -998 (€5,990 – €4990 x 20%)
  • Net Fees = € €4,992
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Bachelor of Education (Hons)

Level 8 Montessori Education

Overview

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.

Core Modules

  • Montessori Education 1, 2, 3, and 4: Early Years/Transitions/Montessori Primary
  • Montessori Practice 1, 2, 3, and 4: Early Years/Transitions/Montessori Primary
  • Psychology: Developmental, Social, Teaching and Learning
  • Academic Skills, Research Skills, Dissertation
  • Leading Inclusive Practice/Special Education
  • Second language acquisition: Gaeilge
  • Social, Legal and Policy Issues
  • Health, Wellbeing and Nutrition
  • Montessori/Creativity in Education
  • Montessori/Sustainable Development
  • Leadership/School Management

Duration: 4 Years

Entry Requirements

  • 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

Overview

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.

Core Modules

  • 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
  • Montessori/Sustainable Development
  • Inclusive Education/Special Education
  • School Management
  • Academic and Research Skills

Duration: 3 Years

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate - Five O6's/H7's in ordinary level subjects to include English and Mathematics, or another equivalent level 5 award.

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

The College is Ireland’s leading provider of Montessori and Early Years professionals and unique in that the Level 8 BA Hons in Montessori Education programme enables graduates to register under Route ... Read More

The College is Ireland’s leading provider of Montessori and Early Years professionals and unique in that the Level 8 BA Hons in Montessori Education programme enables graduates to register under Route 4 with the Teaching Council of Ireland. As a result, there are many hundreds of St. Nicholas graduates working throughout the National school system in Ireland. Read less
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