A Trine University faculty member recently presented at the 2021 Teaching Professor Conference.
The Center for Montessori Education at Trine University in Angola has launched an early childhood education program. The university says the program, which runs through June 2022, will give 13 adult students the chance to earn Montessori licensing recognized by the state.
Trine's Montessori program was first announced in January 2020 and is the first program of its kind in the state. The university says students will begin with an academic phase that runs through July 30, followed by a practicum phase, in which they will receive nine months of student teaching experience.
Bridget Wallace-York, an instructor in the Montessori program, says children are consistently the center of everything that is done in a Montessori classroom.
The Montessori teaching method is designed to build on the way children inherently learn, including self-directed activity, hands-on learning, and collaborative play. The early childhood education program includes seven instructors teaching a variety of Montessori philosophy areas, such as sensory education, child development, and special education.
When the students complete the one-year program, they will be able to serve as lead teachers in a Montessori early childhood classroom and receive early childhood qualifications. They will also have the option to complete additional requirements to earn a Bachelor or Master of Education degree from Trine.