Required Courses

The academic portion of the Early Childhood course comprises 337 contact hours of instruction. (This does not include the required Child Development course.) Much of the course is delivered during the six-week summer intensive term. Additional course hours are covered at a series of twelve weekend workshops during the school year. Most are on Saturdays, and are eight hours long. There are exam days scheduled in January and in June. For a sufficiently large cohort of out-of-town students, we offer an alternate schedule for these classes. There is an additional charge to attend the alternate session and a minimum enrollment is required.

Classes include Philosophy, Observation, Classroom Leadership, Parent Relations and the curriculum areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, History, Geography, Life Science, Physical Science, Music, Movement and Art. For class descriptions see the MEIPN Course Handbook.

Child Development Course Requirement:

A 3 to 5 quarter credit hour college course in Child Development, passed with a grade of B or higher, is required of all Early Childhood students. The course must cover physical, intellectual, social and emotional development from the neo-natal period through at least middle childhood. Ideally this requirement is met prior to the start of the training program.

There are three ways to meet this requirement:

  • If you completed the course within the last five years and passed with a grade of B or higher, you have met the requirement. Send an official course description and official transcript to MEIPN.
  • If you completed the course more than five years ago and passed with a grade of B or higher, you will take a Child Development Refresher course. Send an official course description and an official transcript of your  Child Development course to MEIPN. You will receive reading assignments and write papers specified by the Course Director.
  • If you have never taken this course, you can take it at Washington State community colleges under the course number EDUC115&. It can also be taken online through Seton Montessori Institute (  Enter “professional development” in the search field. Before committing to other options for completing this requirement, please send the specifics of the proposed course to MEIPN’s Training and Practicum Director for approval. Send an official transcript upon completion