Teaching Strategies and Social Development (MO636)

3 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

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

This course researches teacher-student interactions which facilitate growth of functional independence and individual exploration, as well as interactions that would hinder individual and social development. There is a focus on planning techniques, general classroom management, environments conducive to learning, and interpersonal relationships. Methods of guidance without interference, fostering self-help, and eliminating unnecessary aid to the child are primary goals for the course.

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

  • Learn the stages of social development with an emphasis from three to six years and the effects of the environment during these stages
  • Identify and explain Montessori’s theory of education as an “aid to life” throughout the social stages of development as well as obstacles to freedom and independence in the children’s environment
  • Gain an understanding of how to prioritize various techniques of classroom management
  • Role-play in a mock parent education session in order to empower them to speak in front of an audience with confidence and authority
  • Speak at community centers and/or other educational facilities on various topics related to child development, independence, nutrition, or any other topic relevant to the needs of the particular community
  • Employ culturally sensitive strategies, taking into account the child’s family history and cultural background in both classroom matters as well as parent


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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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