The Infant and Toddler program prepares adults for working with young children from birth through 3 years of age in a variety of settings which include home, school, and daycare.
The Princeton Center for Teacher Education understands that students have different needs depending on their family situation, work responsibilities and career aspirations. Our training program has been designed to accommodate our adult learners. Through evening courses and flexible scheduling, you may complete your teacher training over one or two years. The majority of course components occur during the summer.
The practicum in the Infant and Toddler environment provides a laboratory for the implementation of the theory, philosophy, and concepts that are presented in class. Group process and sharing of the practicum experience during the field consultant visits and two weekend seminars foster absorption of knowledge, an enrichment of ideas, and reflection on personal responses. Students must complete Montessori Philosophy and 90 percent of their course work in order to begin their practicum phase.
The function of the practicum phase is to provide the student with a supervised teaching/learning experience and a period of observation, internalization, and further study to bring together the theory and practice of Montessori education. It is the responsibility of the adult learner to secure their own practicum site. All practicum sites must be approved by PCTE prior to the beginning of the practicum phase.
AMS Infant and Toddler Full Credentialis awarded to those who hold a college degree from an accredited college or university and have satisfactorily completed the Infant and Toddler teacher education program.
AMS Infant and Toddler Associate Credentialis awarded to those who do not hold a college degree and have satisfactorily completed the Infant and Toddler teacher education program. Upon completion of a bachelor’s degree, the candidate receives full certification. The associate certification satisfies the necessary qualifications to teach in a Montessori infant and toddler environment in a recognized Montessori program in most states. AMS strongly encourages holders of the Associate credential to obtain a Bachelor’s degree within seven years of credentialing.