In April, the IMC Board of Trustees approved the initial standards for teacher education programs to offer a Montessori Assistant Teacher Credential. The Assistant Teacher Credential will be level specific. Curriculum will include an introduction to Montessori Philosophy and child development, the role of the Assistant Teacher to support children and lead teachers, guiding and supporting children, and an overview of the curriculum for the specific level of the certificate.
The Board gave approval for two IMC teacher education programs to offer a pilot program. The Vietnam Montessori Advisory and Training Center is offering a site-based program for an Early Childhood Assistant Teacher Credential. The Center for Guided Montessori Studies will begin offering an online Early Childhood Assistant Teacher Credential in July and plans to add other levels soon after.
From Kitty Bravo, Chair of the IMC Teacher Education Committee