Psychology and Philosophy of the Montessori Method (AIMO637)

2 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

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

This course is designed to provide students with insight into the underlying theories guiding Montessori education which will allow them to work with children and their families from birth to three years. Focus will be on understanding child psychology and child development from a Montessori perspective as well as that of new research. There will be an emphasis on early childhood education as candidates learn to understand the physical and psychological characteristics of the developing child, the importance of education from birth, how to establish collaborative parent-professional relationships and development of programs in accordance with the theories of Maria Montessori and the principles of the Montessori method.

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 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

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the special psychological and physical characteristics of the developing human being, especially from birth to three years of age
  • Understand the principal of education that starts at birth, as an aid to life, and develop a reference album with the topics related to the Montessori System of Education
  • Demonstrate in home, community and preschool observations and practices their understanding of the principles and standards of the Montessori philosophy of education
  • Demonstrate the ability to lecture on any of the topics
  • Participate in community discussions on the principle of education as an aid to life
  • Employ cultural sensitive strategies when lecturing to parents, teachers and colleagues


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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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