Lower (6-9 years) Elementary Montessori Course

Educational Objectives

  • To help students form a coherent and consistent set of values that blend with Montessori principles.

  • To enable students to study and understand the theory and philosophy of Montessori ideas.

  • To enable students to build a versatile set of skills to work with and advance children’s learning in a Montessori classroom.

  • To develop the growth of Montessori education.


The College of Modern Montessori has held uninterrupted accredited status for its part time and full time early childhood Montessori teacher training courses since 1995 from the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE, United States of America). As the only college in South Africa to ever have been awarded such international accreditation, we are committed to ensuring that the Lower Elementary Montessori course will enjoy the same prestigious status. As such, we have initiated the process with MACTE and commenced the accreditation procedure. MACTE rules state that new courses must have been in operation for a minimum of six months, prior to an onsite verification visit, so the class of 2019 enjoyed meeting the MACTE team of verifiers who came to South Africa to undertake a quality assurance audit. We submitted our self-study thesis in September of 2020, which, we established, in February of 2021, has been evaluated by their first expert reader. There a number of steps to follow before final accreditation will be awarded, but we are most proud to say that we are very nearly there! This, coupled with the fact that MACTE are a team of consummate professionals, committed to supporting and mentoring their accredited programmes, leaves us entirely confident that our lower elementary accreditation application will be successful.


MACTE Competencies

1a. Montessori Philosophy
1b. Human Growth and Development
1c. Subject matter for each course level, not to exclude: Cosmic education, Peace education, Practical life, The arts, Fine and gross motor skills, Community resources for learning

2a. Correct use of Montessori materials
2b. Scope and curriculum of curriculum
2c. The prepared environment
2d. Parent/teacher/family/community partnership
2e. The purpose and methods of observation
2f. Planning for instruction
2g. Assessment and documentation
2h. Reflective practice
2i. Support and intervention for learning difficulties
2j. Culturally responsive methods

The candidate for certification demonstrates and implements with children:
3a. Classroom leadership
3b. Authentic assessment
3c. The Montessori philosophy and methods (materials)
3d. Parent/teacher/family partnership
3e. Professional responsibilities
3f. Innovation and flexibility

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