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  ABOUT THE MONTESSORI METHOD  
       
  What is it?

How did it begin?

Is it for all children?

Is the child free to do what he chooses in the classroom?

What does the teacher do?


What does it do for the child?

How can parents help at home?

What Happens When Children Go From A Montessori Class To A Traditional Class?
 
       
  ABOUT THE COURSE  
       
  Who should enroll?

How do I benefit from this program?

When may I start the course?

How long does it take to complete the program?

How much study time do I need to devote to this program?

What is the academic prerequisite required to enrol in this Centre’s programs?

Do I need to complete the course within an allotted time frame?
 
       
  ABOUT THE GRADING & EVALUATION SYSTEM  
       
  Do I need to intern at a Montessori school to complete my certification?

Since I would like to secure employment by a certain date, will you allow me to complete the course in 6 months?

Will I have to take a written test at the end of the course?


What if I canít complete my assignments by the required date?


How many instructors will be evaluating my assignments?


How do I know if your graduates are satisfied with this Training Centre?

Do we feel classroom experience is important?
 
       
  ABOUT EMPLOYMENT AVENUES  
   
How many graduates successfully acquire employment?

Am I able to teach with just this diploma?

Is your diploma recognized internationally?

Who are we registered, affiliated or accredited with?

What will happen if Training School affiliation becomes less important?

How does your course differ from the courses offered by AMI, AMS, MACTE?

The director of a Montessori school informed me that they will hire only graduates from their own training
background. Is this the norm?


Will the lack of association with the above bodies affect my employment opportunities

What is an average salary I can expect to earn?

How can I contact the Training Centre?
 
What is it?
   
It is a system of education in both a philosophy of child growth and a rationale for guiding such growth. It is based on the child's developmental needs for freedom within limits and on a carefully prepared environment that guarantees exposure to materials and experiences through which to develop intelligence, as well as physical and psychological abilities. It is designed to take full advantage of the self-motivation and unique ability of young children to develop their own capabilities. Children need adults to expose them to the possibilities of their lives, but the children themselves must direct their responses to those possibilities.
 
The key premises of Montessori education are:
 
  • Children are to be respected as different from adults and as individuals who differ from each other.
  • Children possess unusual sensitivity and mental powers for absorbing and learning from their environment that are unlike those of adults, both in quantity and capacity.
  • The most important years of growth are the first six years of life, when unconscious learning is gradually brought to conscious level.
  • Children have a deep love and need for purposeful work. The child works, however, not as an adult for profit and completion of a job, but for the sake of the activity itself. It is this activity which accomplishes the most important goal for the child, the development of his or her mental, physical and psychological powers.
 
How Did It Begin?  
 
Dr.Maria Montessori, the first woman to graduate from the University of Rome Medical School, became interested in education as a doctor treating retarded children. After returning to the University for further study, she began her work with normal children in 1907, when she was invited to organize schools in a reconstructed slum area of San Lorenzo, Italy. Later, she traveled all over the world lecturing about her discoveries, and founding schools. She has written approximately fifteen volumes and numerous articles on education. She died in 1952.
 
Is It For All Children?
 
The Montessori system has been used successfully with children age 2 and a half years from all socio-economic levels, representing those in regular classes as well as the gifted, the retarded, the emotionally disturbed and the physically handicapped. It is also appropriate for classes in which the student/teacher ratio is high, because the children learn at an early age to work independently.
 
Is The Child Free To Do What He Chooses In The Classroom?  
 
The child is free to move about the classroom at will, to talk to other children, to work with any equipment he or she understands, or to ask the teacher to introduce new material to him or her. The child is not free to disturb other children at work or to abuse the equipment that is so important to the child's development.
 
What Does The Teacher Do?
 
The teacher is working with individual children, introducing materials and giving guidance where needed. A primary task is careful observation of each child in order to determine his or her needs and to gain the knowledge needed in preparing the environment to aid each child's growth. The method of teaching is indirect, in that it neither imposes upon the child as in direct teaching, nor abandons the child as in a non-directive permissive approach. Rather, the teacher is constantly alert to the direction in which the child has indicated he or she wishes to go, and actively works to help the child achieve his or her goals.
 
What Does It Do For The Child?
Observers of Montessori children have described them as having developed self-discipline, self-knowledge, and independence, as well as enthusiasm for learning, an organized approach to problem solving, and academic skills.
 
How Can Parents Help At Home?
 
To give the child the best opportunity for development, the Montessori principles and philosophy should be implemented in the home from birth. Parents need to read books as well as attend workshops, lectures and courses, if possible, on implementing the Montessori philosophy in the home. If the home and school environments complement each other, the child will receive the maximum benefit.
 
What Happens When Children Go From A Montessori Class To A Traditional Class?
 
Most children appear to adjust readily to new classroom situations. In all likelihood this is because they have developed a high degree of self discipline and independence in the Montessori environment, and because of the adaptability of young children in general.
 
Who should enroll?
 
People who enjoy working with children and are interested in becoming a Montessori-trained teacher. People already working in a Montessori environment and would like their Montessori teaching diploma. People currently working as childcare providers and would like to either enrich their existing program or work as a Montessori Preschool/Kindergarten teacher. Parents who understand the lifelong benefits of early childhood intellectual stimulation.
 
How do I benefit from this program?
 
Flexibility: Our Montessori distance education programs are designed for people with busy lives. You are not committed to preset class times, or required to perform unnecessary ďbusy work.Ē Almost all of our students continue to work full-time while they acquire their Montessori teaching diploma. Our students can successfully complete their diploma program with a half-hour study time per day, five days per week.

Affordability: If you have researched other, Montessori Training Centers, you have already discovered that our quality and prices are unparalleled in the Montessori training industry.

Quality: Our Montessori teacher training program is the most comprehensive, user-friendly and visually attractive available today. The courseware contains both the theory and the practical aspects. Montessori tools are introduced in illustrations and its presentations explained in detail. Manuals are also discussed in detail.

Success: Centre for Educational Research & Developmental Studies has been in operation since 1999, providing professional distance education programs to educators around the globe. We take pride in knowing that our graduates are extremely successful in acquiring employment in Montessori environments.

Demand: Parents today insist that their childrenís, childcare environments provide positive, stimulative education as part of a balanced program. That is why Montessori-trained educators are in high demand worldwide. Our programs are recognized by Montessori schools everywhere, which are seeking well-trained, professional Montessori educators. We have graduates from over fifty countries world wide.
 
When may I start the course?
 
The online course and the distance education program are individualized program, hence you may start at any time. We do encourage you to contact us today so that you may embark on this exciting journey without further delay!
We also have a regular course which begins twice a year. The first batch starts in January/February, and the second batch starts in the month of July/August. Regular courses are available only in corporate headquarters in Kottayam, India.
How long does it take to complete the program?

The average duration to complete the correspondence or online program is nine to twelve months. However there have been students in the past who completed the course in six months. CERDS has fixed that the students are required to study a minimum of six months from the date of enrollment to complete the course. The maximum duration permitted to do the course is eighteen months.

How much study time do I need to devote to this program?

If you can devote one-half hour a day, five days a week to our program, you can complete it comfortably within our outlined schedule.

What is the academic prerequisite required to enroll in this Centerís programs?

Our academic prerequisite is the same entrance standard as all colleges. You must be a senior secondary school graduate.

Do I need to complete the course within an allotted time frame?

Yes. You have up to 18 months to complete the course, although the standard length of time is 9 to 12 months.

Do I need to intern at a Montessori school to complete my certification?

No. This is not a requirement, however, we do highly recommend that you seek an internship, assistant, or volunteer position in a Montessori classroom setting while participating in the CERDís Montessori teacher training program. This allows you to experience and put into immediate practice your written training. The vast majority of our students are already working in a Montessori environment. As such, their current responsibilities far exceed that of a student teacher. We do not feel it is necessary to require an internship from people currently employed in a Montessori environment. However, persons not familiar to the Montessori environment are recommended to undergo training with a Montessori House of Children, for at least one month. This can be done at a Montessori house near your neighborhood. A list of schools (School List) are available on our home page. You can be provided an introduction letter from CERDS to be given to the Directress of the Montessori House, where you wish to undergo training. At the end of your training, you should submit an internship report to CERDS.

Since I would like to secure employment by a certain date, will you allow me to complete the course in 3 months?
No. This course may be comfortably completed within 9 to 12 months, if proceeding at a consistent pace. Rushing you through the course would be jeopardizing the quality of the program. You are required to spend a minimum of six months to study the course. For your benefit, and the benefit of children, we will not compromise our standards of excellence.

Will I have to take a written test at the end of the course?

Yes. There are two test, which the students are expected to answer in your own words. The first test paper should be taken after the fifth module, and the second test paper should be taken after the ten module. There is also facility to do the test online. The test papers are graded and will add up to 40% of your final marks. The remaining 60% of your marks will come from the answers of the assignments, you are required to submit, at the end of each module. Each assignment is comprehensively evaluated for effort in research and thorough understanding of the Montessori philosophy, method, and application. Unsatisfactory work will be addressed and resubmitted.

What if I canít complete my assignments by the required date?

All centers of higher learning have schedules that must be adhered to. Your personal tutor will consider extensions on an individual basis for students under extreme distress.

How many instructors will be evaluating my assignments?

You will be assigned one primary evaluator and one co-evaluator. Your personal tutor will be the primary evaluator. This provides consistency, a balanced perspective, and allows you to establish a personal rapport. Your personal tutor will committed to your success by offering guidance and encouragement.

How do I know if your graduates are satisfied with this Training Centre?

Our mandate is to provide professional, cost-effective Montessori training. If student satisfaction is a credible gauge of how well we are doing, we are delighted! Please see the student testimonials pages to know what our past students say about our programs.


Do we feel classroom experience is important?

We definitely feel that in order for a prospective teacher to be taken seriously, classroom experience is a necessary component to compliment our program. For students lacking Montessori classroom experience, we generally suggest that after they have completed approximately two thirds of our program, it is time to approach a local school(s) and offer their services as a volunteer teacher. This will provide them with valuable and credible practical experience as well as important contacts.

How many graduates successfully acquire employment?

Like graduates from all Montessori training centers, our graduates are very successful in securing employment. More than 50% of our students are already working in schools and are sponsored by the schools they work with.

Am I able to teach with just this diploma?

It depends on where you live. The answer is yes in some areas, and no in others. It could also depend on whether you want to start off working as the teacher responsible for the classroom, or as a classroom assistant. Private schools are almost always much more flexible with their teacherís educational requirements.

Is your diploma recognized internationally?

Yes. Like all Montessori Diplomas, ours is valid internationally. In fact, our students come from over fifty countries world wide. Like a growing number of Montessori Training Centers, we are independent. Being independent provides us with the freedom to offer the highest quality program possible, without interference. To affiliate ourselves with any of the older, more orthodox organizations would require us to make program compromises, which we will not consider.

Who are we registered, affiliated or accredited with?

CERDS is an autonomous institution. We are registered with the Department of Technical Education, New Delhi, and associate members of the International Montessori Council, (IMC) and the Indian Montessori Association, (IMA).

What will happen if Training School affiliation becomes less important?

In our opinion, Montessorians will be more inclined to support and respect one another. Groups and individuals will be less concerned with labels and respect will be awarded to teachers and schools with quality programs.

 
How does your course differ from the courses offered by AMI, AMS, MACTE?

AMI and AMS do not offer distance education. The Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) has extensively debated the distance education issue. At present, MACTE is still declining to accredit distance education programs. There is no denying that AMI and AMS offer quality training. However, the time commitment and cost often places them beyond what many people are prepared to handle. Our program is a very professional, manageable and cost-effective alternative.

AMERICAN MONTESSORI SOCIETY (AMS):AMS schools routinely employ teachers with non-AMS diplomas. Graduates from our training program may apply for general AMS membership by sending a copy of their diploma with the application for membership. AMS training programs require that students spend a minimum of 600 hours in the classroom with the AMS instructor.

ASSOCIATION MONTESSORI INTERNATIONALE (AMI): If you want an AMI diploma, you can only receive it by full-time attendance at an AMI training centre. There are thousands of Montessori schools around the world. There only a hand full schools that are AMI-accredited. The few schools that are AMI-accredited may not employ you. The vast majority of schools, hire candidates who have been trained outside the AMI realm and may, out of principle, not wish to consider AMI-trained candidates for employment. Employers are looking for Montessori teachers with sound knowledge of the Montessori methods and familiar with the Montessori tools and their uses. As far as the employers are concerned the source of the Montessori certification is immaterial.

We know that our program offers you a very positive alternative for acquiring your Montessori training and diploma, if you cannot afford either the cost of their tuition, or the necessary time required to attend and complete one of their programs.

The director of a Montessori school informed me that they will hire only graduates from their own training background. Is this the norm?

It does happen, but it is not the norm. Any Montessori school or organization claiming exclusivity is, unfortunately, out of harmony with the Montessori community at large. Our code of ethics encourages our graduates to respect and support any organization that advocates the true principles of Montessori education.

 
Will the lack of association with the above bodies affect my employment opportunities?

It has not affected our graduatesí opportunities. ďThe current, Montessori teacher shortage is a national dilemmaĒ (Times of India, May 2002). There is such a demand for Montessori teachers from so many schools embracing the attitude that they simply want to hire the most enthusiastic and committed teacher, regardless of his/her training source, the employment prospects are very positive. To be successful today, many school administrators are acknowledging that the source of a teacher's training is insignificant compared to the personal qualities a potential candidate brings to the position. Consequently, now more than ever, administrators hire candidates who present themselves as the most committed, knowledgeable and enthusiastic person for the position.

Most administrators are also aware that although parents expect the school's teachers to have Montessori training, most are not interested in its source. In fact, most parents have never heard of or are interested in AMI, AMS, MACTE, etc. Quite simply, parents today are careful. A teacher's diploma is far down their list of concerns. In short, they are only truly interested in the observable overall quality of the individual school or classroom. And it is universally agreed that this varies considerably from one Montessori environment to the next, regardless of a teacherís training. Parents are however vitally concerned with five specific issues:

 
1) Is this a teacher who I am comfortable entrusting my child to?

2) Are the children in this environment happy?

3) Are the children being intellectually challenged?

4) Will my child experience secure emotional growth, and develop his or her sense of self-esteem in this environment?

5) In my opinion, is this the most impressive Montessori environment I have visited?
As far as securing a teaching position, a diploma from one of the more orthodox centers might help you at some schools, and depending on the school's philosophy, hinder you at others.
 
What is an average salary I can expect to earn?

This is a question that is simply not possible for us to answer. Salaries differ across the globe, and even vary considerably within communities. The best solution is to ask someone you know. If this is not possible, consider telephoning a few local schools. Explain to the person you are speaking with that you are considering training to become a Montessori teacher and you are wondering what an average salary might be. Emphasize that you are not inquiring about their school's salary schedule, but, rather, a community average.

 
How can I contact the Training Centre?

You can contact the center through emails. The email ID is: contact@cerds.com