Available courses

Child Development

3 units, 35 hours This course is designed for students to study the growth and development of children from the prenatal stage through adolescence. For each stage of development attention to both typical as well as atypical development in each area is discussed. Included are the influences of culture, family, and the environment. The material in this course is designed as a foundation for teaching, nursing, early childhood education, and parenting.

Montessori Philosophy

3 units, 35 hours This class will provide an in-depth look at Dr. Maria Montessori’s life and work including an overview of the Montessori Movement. Philosophy methods include the absorbent mind, sensitive periods, logical-mathematical mind, spiritual and moral development of the child, cosmic wonder, and explorations. Other topics will include preparation of the teacher, setting up an environment, observation, discipline vs. discipleship, and parent education.

Teacher: FMAE Admin

Practical Life

3 units, 35 hours This class will give detailed examples and activities for the Montessori philosophy and rationale of Practical Life. Topic and activities include ground rules; grace and courtesy; control of movement; developing the hand; care of self; care of environment; food preparation and nutrition as related to the goals of order, concentration, co-ordination and independence.

Teacher: FMAE Admin

Language

3 units, 35 hours This class will give the Montessori philosophy and rationale of the language curriculum. Included will be an overview of receptive and expressive language experiences, visual and auditory perceptual experiences and vocabulary development and enrichment. The basic language materials, such as Sandpaper letters, Movable alphabet and Metal insets, as well as penmanship, writing, reading, grammar and children’s literature, drama will be covered.

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Sensorial

3 units, 35 hours This class will provide the Montessori philosophy and rationale for the Sensorial materials, giving a comprehensive view of the materials aiding the development and refinement of the senses. These will include (1) Sense of sight, discriminating dimension and form, color, or shape. (2) Auditory sense, including the silence game (3) Olfactory sense, (4) Baric sense, (5) Tactile sense, (6) Stereo gnostic sense.

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Mathematics

3 units, 35 hours This class will provide the Montessori philosophy and rationale for arithmetic in the early childhood curriculum. Materials covered will include those aiding the development of these concepts and skills: (1) Introduction to numeration; (2) The decimal system, and the functions of the decimal system; (3) Linear and skip counting; (4) Operations and memorization of facts; (5) Fractions and Math applications.

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Natural Science and Social Study

3 units, 35 hours This class will cover Montessori rational and philosophy for Physical and Life Science (21 hours) and Social Studies (14 hours) in the early childhood. The Physical and Life Science include: Botany, Zoology, Earth Science and Physical Science. Social Studies includes Geography and History.

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Art, Music & Movement

3 units, 35 hours Art will introduce the student to art history, art appreciation and the art media. Exploration and creation of art activities will be included. The Music Workshop will include singing, rhythmic & instrumental skills, movement and body awareness. The Movement Workshop will cover Movement, body awareness, non-competitive games, as well as, loco-motor, stationary & game skills.

ECE Administration

3 units, 35 hours Students are introduced to the administration of preschool programs. The course covers program types, budget, management, regulations, laws, development, and implementation of policies and procedures. The course examines administrative tools, philosophies, and techniques needed to organize, open and operate an early care and education program. Students are required to observe licensed programs and interview administrators.


Teacher: FMAE Admin

Practicum I

AMS credential 2nd-year internship

Students need to complete the FMAE Academic core courses before starting Practicum I and II.

Practicum (Internship) school for students’ practicum/internship, should be an AMS-approved school.

Application forms are needed before starting. You may find them in Session 1–> assignment 1
download the forms, complete them, and then upload them back.

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Prerequisites: Philosophy, Practical Life, Sensorial, Art, Music & Movement, Language, Mathematics, Natural Science, Classroom Leadership*. Must be taken in conjunction with Practicum I. This class consists of the following classes: Montessori Observation (28 hours) and Parent Involvement (7 hours). Montessori Observation includes lecture for 8 hours and documented observation of 20 hours. This seminar focuses on methods of observation, forming questions, biases, awareness of cultural differences, connecting with children, recording and reflecting, determining needs, and the critical importance of the habit of observation in the Montessori classroom. The Parent Involvement seminar focuses on the art of working with parents, and refining communication, and the conference is presented. The focus of this class will be working to build a positive team with parents and teachers involved for the benefit of the child. The modes of instruction are discussion, lecture, and activities. *Classroom Leadership may be taken before or during Practicum Phase.






Practicum II

3 units, 35 hours Prerequisites: Philosophy, Practical Life, Sensorial, Art, Music & Movement, Language, Mathematics, Natural Science, Classroom Leadership*. Must be taken in conjunction with Practicum I. The class include yearlong work-study (full school year, 540 hours minimum), synthesis project (yearlong project), child study and other focus topics. Students will show their learning and understanding of all the Montessori classes through the development of a synthesis project, child study and daily reflective journal entries. *Classroom Leadership may be taken before or during Practicum Phase.

Teacher: FMAE Admin

Child, Family, and Community

3 units, 35 hours Patterns of family living in modern society, including varying roles and interaction of family members; factors affecting family, including urban-suburban living, socio-cultural, racial, and economic; the relationship of the family to the preschool and to such community resources as represented by health, welfare, educational, recreational, religious, and counseling organizations. Students are required to observe children in a group setting.


Teacher: FMAE Admin

Child Development

3 units, 35 hours This course is designed for students to study the growth and development of children from the prenatal stage through adolescence. For each stage of development attention to both typical as well as atypical development in each area is discussed. Included are the influences of culture, family, and the environment. The material in this course is designed as a foundation for teaching, nursing, early childhood education, and parenting.

Teacher: FMAE Admin

ECE Administration

 3 units, 35 hours Students are introduced to the administration of preschool programs. The course covers program types, budget, management, regulations, laws, development, and implementation of policies and procedures. The course examines administrative tools, philosophies, and techniques needed to organize, open and operate an early care and education program. Students are required to observe licensed programs and interview administrators. This course is designed to provide training to educators in the laws governing private and public Montessori early care centers in California. Aspects of records, reports, health and safety, finances, staff management, children’s programs, space, equipment, and parent/community relationships from the administrator’s point of view.



Teacher: FMAE Admin

Infant / Toddler Development

4 units, 45 hours This course is a study of infants and toddlers from pre-conception to age three including physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional growth and development. Students apply theoretical frameworks in to interpret and understand behavior and interactions between heredity and environment. This course emphasize the role of the family and relationships in development. Students are required to observe children in a group setting.

Teacher: FMAE Admin