University Montessori Teacher Education Program
at UC Irvine is the only Southern California Montessori preparation
program which offers college credit from a public university that is
recognized both in Montessori Schools and by the State of California
Community Care Licensing as the core of required units to teach in
Montessori as well as all early childhood programs. This Montessori
teacher education program is accredited by MACTE (Montessori
Accreditation Council for Teacher Education) and an AMS (American
Montessori Society) – affiliated program. Students receive credits
through UC Irvine.
The University of California Irvine is rated in the top 15% of public Universities in the United States. This prestigious campus offers Montessori Training of the highest standards that result in notable excellence in the teaching abilities of its graduates.
Graduates from the University Montessori Teacher Education Program at UC Irvine have found their certificate a valuable document wherever in the world they reside. To date, there has been a 100% placement for those seeking teaching positions upon graduation.
Cheryll Ruszat, UMTEP at UCI Program Director, brings more than 30 years of Montessori teaching and administrative experience to those enrolled. As a recipient of the Instructor of Excellence award from UC Irvine, this dedicated professional brings excitement and creativity to the program and focuses on developing high quality Montessori guides through making the quality of the adult learners’ experience a priority. Graduates of the program receive continued support though assistance in job placement and continued learning.
University Montessori Teacher Education Program at UC Irvine is staffed by highly qualified Montessori Certified and experienced instructors who are experts in their area of curriculum instruction. Many instructors even hold a master’s degree in Montessori Education and have been presenters at National Montessori conferences/seminars. All instructors are highly experienced in Montessori Education and have been chosen for their passion for the subject areas they teach. Skills and conceptual information is imparted through hands-on experiences with modern teaching modes for ease of learning.
The UMTEP at UC Irvine is located on campus at the University Montessori School. This lab school for the program is also a true Montessori children’s program for ages 3 months to 7 years.
This model, award winning facility has a dedicated teacher education facility which supports all facets of the metamorphosis from adult learner to outstanding Montessori Directress/Guide. A full range of beautiful Montessori materials support the hands-on learning by adults of Montessori techniques and principles. Workshops provide students with many valuable materials to take with them as a part of this program. This lab school is also available to adult learners in the program to observe, practice and resource ideas for their current and future classrooms.
The move into the 21st century brings with it innovative and efficient means for producing materials for early childhood classrooms as well as enhancing adult studies. This course uses mixed media to provide optimal learning and extend resources for student use. A computer and internet access is required.