Practicum Part 1 – Observation (MO626)

3 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for the Montessori Institute of San Diego (MISD)

This course will enable students to witness the different stages of child development in action by observing mother and child relationships, home environments, community environments, preschool teachers and child care providers in a classroom setting. By observing the child from three to six years the student will begin to understand the needs of the very young child and learn to respond to these needs appropriately. Students will experience observation both as a tool for helping parents and also as a preparation for future teaching.

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for educators.



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What You Will Learn

  • Observe actions and behaviors without the interference of emotional reactions or preconceived ideas
  • Express in writing objective observations of children from birth to six years of age—their needs, efforts toward independence, work, and how parents and teachers interact with the children which will help the students identify key developmental stages and sensitive periods of growth which are experienced by all children of all backgrounds
  • Exercise restraint in determining whether a child’s condition requires interference from an adult or whether the child will work through to a solution on his own
  • Offer consultations to community members in home environments, community centers and childcare facilities about the needs of their children
  • Distinguish between approaches to early childhood education as typified by traditional preschool and daycare settings versus Montessori environments


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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

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Many receiving institutions may accept credits towards degree programs, giving you a head start in earning a graduate degree.