Primary Course (3 to 6 years)
The primary course focuses on the Montessori pedagogy and practices relating to the characteristics of children from 3 to 6 years of age, the needs expressed during this stage of development, and the means available to assist the child’s work of self-construction. The teacher is trained to act as a vital and unhurried link between children and their surroundings; all children explore freely at their own pace. Student observation and practice teaching are under the direct guidance of the training staff.
Elementary Course (6 to 12 years)
The elementary course combines intensive lectures with hands-on exploration of teaching materials and classroom observations. It is an interdisciplinary study of human beings, their endeavors, and their relationship to the universe.
At the elementary level, children seek the reason for everything. Instead of expecting the child to memorize a curriculum, the Montessori teacher presents aspects of culture to the elementary child as “seeds of interest” lessons which touch the child’s imagination and ignite their intellect. Searching for answers through individual and small group activities, elementary students learn geography, biology, history, language, science, music, art, and all branches of mathematics. The training for elementary teachers also includes Dr. Montessori’s principles of psychology, education, and teaching methodology.
Educational Studies Major with Montessori Licensure
Alverno has a long history and connection with the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee (MIM). Previously, the only path to becoming a Montessori licensed teacher was to obtain a bachelor’s degree and then join the Montessori training program. However, Alverno has extended the relationship with MIM to offer this on the undergraduate level–students can earn a bachelor’s degree along with the Montessori training necessary for their licensure.
This program prepares students to serve in public school districts, charter schools, and private Montessori schools as elementary teachers. Milwaukee metropolitan area boasts the largest public Montessori program in the world, so students will be prepared to work right here in the community!
Montessori Students in Milwaukee
The Montessori Institute of Milwaukee, Inc., does not discriminate with respect to its faculty, staff, students, employees or any other relationship within the corporation on the basis of race, color, sex, handicap, religion, national or ethnic origin.