The academic portion of the Elementary I course comprises 344 contact hours of instruction. This does not include the Child Development requirement, or Early Childhood Overview prerequisite (see below). Most of the course is delivered during a five week summer intensive term during the first summer, and a four week term the second summer. Elementary I Course students also participate in online course work during the school year. There is a two day midwinter seminar in January.
Classes include Philosophy, Language, Math, Geometry, History, Geography, Life Science, Earth and Physical Science, Classroom Leadership, Curriculum Design and Strategies, Movement and Physical Education, Fine Arts, Practical Life, Peace Education and Information Literacy. For course descriptions see MEIPN Student 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 Elementary 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 two ways to meet this requirement:
- If you completed the course 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 have never taken this course, you can take it at Washington State community colleges under the course number EDUC115&. 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
Early Childhood Overview Requirement
Students without a Montessori Early Childhood Credential from a MACTE-affiliated training program will take the 40-hour Early Childhood Overview prior to taking the Elementary course. The overview course covers Early Childhood Montessori Philosophy, Practical Life, Math and Language.