Designed for early childhood educators in childcare centers and schools, this program focuses on teaching concepts and skills that have immediate applications. You will identify effective teaching strategies and techniques while practicing these strategies during each course for use in their centers or classrooms. The completion of all ten (10) courses below satisfies the educational component for obtaining a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, and the hours may be used toward a Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) credential. To find out more about these national certification programs, call CDA at 1.800.424.4310 or CCP at 1.800.543.7161. The courses within the certificate program meet the annual staff development requirements enacted by the New Jersey Bureau of Child Care Licensing.
Upon successful completion of the program and passing the CDA credentialing exam, you may apply to Mercer County Community College to enter the Early Childhood credit program and be articulated for up to six credits.
For more information, contact Theresa Capra at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To earn Mercer’s certificate, you must complete the following ten (10) required courses:
• Health and Safety with Young Children
• Physical Development
• Cognitive Development
• Classroom Design and Program Management
• Children’s Language and Literature
• Getting Creative with Art, Music and Drama
• Helping Children Learn About Themselves and Others
• Guiding Children’s Behavior
• Working with Families
• Professionalism and Your Professional Resource File
Note: The same textbooks are used for all courses and are available in the MCCC bookstore.
Child Care professionals must act responsibly and ethically. To help professionals in those endeavors, this class is invaluable in building a Professional Resource File - a collection of materials that supports high quality program procedures and developmentally appropriate practices. Receive guidance in writing competency goals and collecting the documentation necessary to create the resource file, a required component of the CDA credential.
A young child’s first teachers are his or her family members. Families are partners in education. Learn how to build the positive relationships with families that maximize a child’s success. Discover a variety of ways to invite formal and informal family participation into your program, while also learning how to plan and participate in conferences. Also, learn ways to recognize when families are under stress, and how to provide support to families in stressful times.
Create an environment where children increase their self-esteem by being treated as valued individuals and by meeting challenges within their range of development. Learn how to choose activities, such as completing puzzles, playing with play dough, and reading books so that each child can meet with success.
The Montessori Teacher Training Institute of Mercer County Community College is American Montessori Society (AMS) affiliated and is accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE.) Our program utilizes the complete Montessori curriculum.
Classes are held at Robbinsville Montessori located at 2022 Washington Boulevard in Robbinsville, New Jersey; this location enables students in our program to be immersed in the Montessori method from the first day of class.
Who should enroll?
To earn a certificate, you must complete the following courses and practicum hours. Please download information about the program including the Adult Learner Handbook and an application (links below). Montessori schools will not hire a teacher without the Montessori Teacer certificate.
Module I (Fall 2019)
Cost: $1,650 (price could be subject to change)
Module II (Fall 2019)
Cost: $1,095 (price could be subject to change)
Module III (Spring 2020)
Cost: $1,215 (price could be subject to change)
Module IV (Spring 2020)
Cost: $1,435 (price could be subject to change)
Practicum - 540 hours
Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Modules I-IV
Cost: $1,350 (price could be subject to change)
Course will open for Registration in Fall 2019
Tentative Course Dates: September 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020
Self- Directed Practicum
Cost: $2,230(price could be subject to change)
Course will open for Registration in Fall 2019
All interested students should please download our Adult Learner Handbook and Application.
Observation, parent involvement, science, social studies, and classroom leadership all comprise Module IV. These important components will utilize Maria Montessori’s books as a basis for understanding and each student will be required to compile an album. Botany, zoology, earth elements, and physical science will be topics of study in science while land and water forms, globes, maps, and flags will be covered in social studies. In classroom leadership, students will learn the important class components of scheduling and curriculum planning, lesson strategies, communication, problem solving, and much more.
Sat classes: Mar 9, 16; Apr 6; May 4, 11
1/2 hour lunch on Saturday classes
No class: Mar 21; Apr 23, 25