Option 1 – Montessori curriculum only – Mode of Study - Blended learning delivery

Course Structure 

This option of study is available to students who are interested in only undertaking the Montessori modules listed below through blended learning. There is an online portal with students accessing the coursework online. A support tutor is allocated and there are 7 weekend workshops to support students gaining experience with the practical materials. The weekend workshops run on average once per month from October to May. See a schedule of workshops here

This format includes the following modules;

  • Early Learning Environment
  • Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy
  • Early Childhood Arts and Culture
  • Work Experience

Fee for Option 1

The cost of this option is €1,690.

Students can add on the 4 ECCE modules to achieve the QQI level 6 Major Award Early Childhood Care & Education at a later date at an additional cost of €600 or €150 per module if they already hold some of the QQI awards.

Qualification Gained

Level 6 Minor Award in Montessori Education

Our tutors

We have a team of over 25 Montessori tutors with wide and varied experience in the early Years Education sector. Without exception, our Montessori tutors are all experienced & qualified professionals who have completed a minimum of 10 years in a Montessori School environment before commencing a career as a tutor. Some of our tutors have owned their own Montessori Schools and/or early years centre . Many of our tutors bring the value and insights of other cultures having worked internationally as Montessori teachers. They are all passionate about early learning, the Montessori method of education and the Montessori philosophy. There are immense benefits of learning under their very experienced guidance, click here to view some of their profiles.

Further Studies

Learners who successfully complete the Montessori Teaching award may wish to add the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) to achieve a full major award.  These additional modules which are delivered via blended learning at an additional fee of €600 or €150 per module if learner already holds some of the QQI modules. To discuss this further please contact Jennifer Matteazzi on 01 892 0040 or email jennifer.matteazzi@portobelloinstitute.ie

Montessori Pedadogy Curriculum

Children become excited and energised in the Montessori school environment as opposed to bordered, burdened and fatigued as frequently occurs in the environment of the conventional classroom.
In order to ensure the natural early learning ability of children aged 3 – 6years under your direction, through the 4 modules of this Montessori Method programme, you will learn how to guide a child towards enjoying their natural curiosity without putting outside demands on them.

Module 1 – Early Learning Environment

Children work for the joy of the process rather than for the end result. They have a need to repeat activities over and over until an inner need is fulfilled. You will learn & come to understand the history of Maria Montessori and her philosophy & reasoning behind “Learning By Doing”. This module includes practical life skills and sensorial education.  The module teaches you how to use the Montessori materials in life skills and sensorial education to encourage children to learn how to care for themselves, others and their environment. These skills help the child to gain the greatest confidence and independence through the early learning process. The sensorial equipment designed by Maria Montessori  lays the foundations for academic learning by developing and refining a child’s senses. This in turn enhances their perceptions and increases their concentration.

Module 2 – Literacy & Numeracy

Maria Montessori believed children have naturally mathematical minds & she revolutionised the manner in which maths were taught and this module is dedicated to Montessori Maths and Montessori Language acquisition. These areas  will teach you how to guide a child through the complexities of reading & writing using the Montessori didactic materials designed over a hundred years ago . The Montessori materials were designed to develop children’s language grammar skills both written and spoken using the Montessori approach. The maths didactic materials revolutionised the manner in which maths is taught to children. Problem solving becomes a challenge that is enjoyed without stress or strain at a young age . You will learn through using a variety of Montessori materials how to not only teach a child to calculate but also to give them a lifelong understanding of how numbers function. Montessori materials also contain an inbuilt control of error that allows the child to discover and correct his or her own mistakes and work independently from his class mates and teachers alike.

Module 3 – Early Childhood Arts and Culture

Children have an inborn curiosity about the trees & the plants, animals & insects, their bodies, the planets etc. and this module focuses on two key areas of the Montessori pedagogy, Arts and Culture.  Montessori children frequently astonish adults with their in-depth knowledge of subjects such as biology, geography, simple science and history. During this module, you will be introduced to the Montessori didactic materials and activities that will allow you to  guide children to an appreciation of the world they live in.

Module 4 - Work Placement Programme

As the philosophy of Montessori was “Learning by Doing” then it is only natural that work experience in an approved Montessori school, under the guidance of a qualified and experienced Montessori directress, be an integral part of your learning journey. During the placement programme of 50 hours, you will have the opportunity to put into practice the exercises and skills you will have learned during the programme. You will have the opportunity by using these skills to stimulate, develop and guide the children under your direction to develop to their full potential. Our tutors and programme management team are available to help you secure a suitable work placement during your studies.   Reflective learning nature of this the programme makes up 20% of every module. The assessment strategy for the programme allows the learner to reflect on all aspects of their academic and practical learning journey.

Assessment Criteria

Collection of work, Practical Skills Demonstration, Modular Exams

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. There are no previous academic requirements.

Protection for Learners

QQI have introduced a mandatory insurance protection policy fee that must be paid by students enrolled on all courses with a duration of 12 weeks or over. This insurance cost is in addition to your course fees.


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