The Higher Certificate in Arts in Montessori Education (QQI Level 6) course prepares you for the task of helping children aged 3-6 and 6-9 years to develop to the fullness of their individual human potential. This 2 year Montessori course provides an opportunity to study, indepth, Montessori pedagogy, practices and child development as well as an interdisciplinary approach to the study of human's, their endeavours and their relationship with the universe.

Montessori Education is enjoying a revival. The need to set limits and guide children's behaviour towards self-discipline is openly sought. This idea is central to Maria Montessori's philosophy.

In light of recent developments in the childcare sector new guidelines regarding qualification requirements for participation in the Free Preschool Scheme require that in addition to meeting the requirements regarding staff ratios, as provided for under the Child Care Regulations, the pre-school year Leader must hold a certification for a Major Award in childcare/early education at a minimum of QQI 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications of Ireland (NFQ) or an equivalent recognised qualification in the childcare/early education field. It is for this reason that Portobello Institute are currently working on introducing this all encompassing course - to give students the necessary qualifications to work in the Montessori environment.

The Montessori Education Higher Certificate in Arts course will provide students with the relevant knowledge and skills to empower them to make a significant contribution within the Montessori sector.

Qualifications Gained

  • Higher Certificate in Arts in Montessori Education (QQI Level 6)

Entry Requirements

Acceptance to Full Time courses is interview based. Any one of the following criteria may be used as an entry requirement:

Course Structure

This is year 2 of a full time 2 year course. The year is structured between classes and practical placements.

Course Content Modules

  1. Montessori Philosophy and Child Development
    Learners will come to understand the history of Maria Montessori and Her philosophy and reasoning behind "Learning by Doing". The module is also designed to provide the learner with an introduction to the theory and practice of child development from 6-12 years.
  2. Montessori Methodologies
    1. Maths
      Learners will develop teaching styles and methods that will make mathematics an enjoyable experience. They will be able to apply knowledge and understanding to address familiar problems in forming mathematical concepts.
    2. Language
      Learners will explore theory and understanding of the terminology, vocabulary and grammar exercises and recognition of how language development functions interrelate and are integrated.
    3. Culture
      Learners will gain a knowledge and understanding of the cosmic relationship and connection between cultural subjects such as Geography, History and Biology, Botany and Zoology.
  3. Montessori Practicum (2)
    Learners will explore the ability to select and apply appropriate teaching skills, styles and methods, expressing creativity and construction of new knowledge and artifacts using Information Communication Technology.
  4. Irish: Gaeilge
    Learners will be able to prepare the child for Gaeilge in the primary school and curriculum which integrates the four strands of éisteacht, labhairt, léitheoireacht and scríbhneoireacht. (listening, speaking ,reading and writing).
  5. Children's Health Education
    Learners will explore theory and understanding of health implications and benefits of exercise in children. 



Access, Transfer and Progression

This Higher Certificate will facilitate direct entry to Year 2 of our BA (Hons) Level 8 in Early Childhood Studies awarded by London Metropolitan University. See details of the BA course here.

Assignment Support

We understand the challenge of completing assignments at third level, the new skills and the change in thinking sometimes needed to put on paper, all that you have learned. We offer our students the opportunity to submit a draft assignment for informal feedback before submitting the final version. We care about your success, we want you to achieve the best you can and we offer you the individual support to acquire the skills you need to communicate what you have learned whilst studying with Portobello Institute.

Back to Education Allowance

If you are currently unemployed and in receipt of a social welfare payment you may be eligible to the Back to Education Allowance which allows you to return to education and still retain your welfare payment  You must be aged 21 or over and be accepted onto an accredited full time course to meet the criteria. Please speak with your local welfare office to discuss your eligibility as there may be an alternative route.


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