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Montessori Teaching - Blended Learning

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Are you interested in becoming a Montessori teacher? Portobello Institute’s QQI Level 6 Minor Award in Montessori is a National qualification that will allow you open your own Montessori or or work as a Montessori teacher. During this 6-month course you will acquire a thorough knowledge of child development, comparative early year’s methodologies and how to create a positive learning environment for children. You will attend classes 1 evening a week over 6 months and focus on the minor awards that deliver learning in the Montessori method and pedagogy. There is an easy payment plan designed to make this programme affordable. These factors, together with the one to one tutorial support, offer you a course that is accessible, affordable and achievable.

What is Montessori Teaching?

The Montessori Method is an approach to pre-school education which understands that children are dynamic, natural learners. Maria Montessori believed children gain knowledge best from the “Learning by Doing” theory as opposed to the conventional sit, listen, read and then learn. “Learning by Doing” is, in essence the philosophy a Montessori teacher follows when guiding a child’s development in the Montessori school. The Montessori approach to education requires that children are free to follow their own interests when placed in a well-planned and structured environment which meets their individual educational and cultural needs. Above all, Montessori classrooms nurture each child’s individual strengths and interests while encouraging children to explore the world around them.

Why should I study this course?

Portobello Institute's QQI Level 6 Minor Awards in Montessori gives you the opportunity to learn from a range of experts all of whom are passionate about the Montessori method. They bring their insight, depth of experience and passion for teaching to this course. Portobello Institute’s Montessori course will change the way you view the process by which a child learns and their inherent ability to concentrate and grasp a complex subject when given the time and freedom to do so. This qualification will allow you open your own setting or work as a Montessori teacher in a Montessori room.

What will I learn during this QQI Level 6 Minor Award in Montessori?

During this course, you will learn about development and learning in children, from birth to six years old in a socio-cultural context and the implications of this for practice in early childhood settings. You will learn about child development theories and how a range of activities can promote physical, social, emotional and intellectual development in children. You will develop the capacity to work and communicate effectively with parents, families, colleagues and other professionals to safeguard, support and promote children’s learning, development and well-being.

What is Blended Learning Mode of Delivery?

Blended Learning Delivery takes the schedule of a traditional face to face learning programme and re-structures it to reduce the contact tuition time by introducing more online learning together with one to one tutor support.  This mode of delivery includes contact tuition and web-based e-learning sessions. The e-learning platform is interactive including recorded sessions, webinars with weekly content and assigned tasks to themes and topics. This type of delivery is generally applied to courses with a practical skills element such as our Montessori Teaching courses and allows you to work full-time and balance the requirements of  study with home and work.

Who will I learn from?

The programme management and tutoring team on this QQI Level 6 Minor Award in Montessori have been carefully selected on the basis of their qualifications and wealth of practical experience in the sector and education. Each member of our tutoring team is passionate about the effects the Montessori method has on a child’s development and are eager to share their knowledge and experience with you. Meet our Team by clicking here

QQI Level 6 Minor Awards in Montessori modules as follows;

  • Early Learning Environment
  • Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy
  • Early Childhood Arts and Culture
  • Work Experience

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. There are no previous academic requirements.

This is a blended learning course delivered over 6 workshops with online learning including videos of the montessori methods. It takes approximately 6 months to complete. Classes are split between the practical Montessori approach and theory training, with time spent learning the theory and practising the Montessori presentation skills during each session. Some of the theory is also covered online.

You may choose which workshop you wish to attend and can book on by contacting your programme manager directly.

Assessment Criteria
Collection of work, Practical Skills Demonstration, Modular Exams

The final practical assessments are held over a weekend - the exact dates are given on the first evening of the course


Montessori Pedadogy Curriculum
Children become excited and energised in the Montessori school environment as opposed to bordered, burdened and fatigued as frequently occurs in the environment of the conventional classroom. 
In order to ensure the natural early learning ability of children aged 3 – 6years under your direction, through the 4 modules of this Montessori Method programme, you will learn how to guide a child towards enjoying their natural curiosity without putting outside demands on them.

Module 1 – Early Learning Environment
Children work for the joy of the process rather than for the end result. They have a need to repeat activities over and over until an inner need is fulfilled. You will learn & come to understand the history of Maria Montessori and her philosophy & reasoning behind “Learning By Doing”. This module includes practical life skills and sensorial education.  The module teaches you how to use the Montessori materials in life skills and sensorial education to encourage children to learn how to care for themselves, others and their environment. These skills help the child to gain the greatest confidence and independence through the early learning process. The sensorial equipment designed by Maria Montessori  lays the foundations for academic learning by developing and refining a child’s senses. This in turn enhances their perceptions and increases their concentration.

Module 2 – Literacy & Numeracy
Maria Montessori believed children have naturally mathematical minds & she revolutionised the manner in which maths were taught and this module is dedicated to Montessori Maths and Montessori Language acquisition. These areas  will teach you how to guide a child through the complexities of reading & writing using the Montessori didactic materials designed over a hundred years ago . The Montessori materials were designed to develop children’s language grammar skills both written and spoken using the Montessori approach. The maths didactic materials revolutionised the manner in which maths is taught to children. Problem solving becomes a challenge that is enjoyed without stress or strain at a young age . You will learn through using a variety of Montessori materials how to not only teach a child to calculate but also to give them a lifelong understanding of how numbers function. Montessori materials also contain an inbuilt control of error that allows the child to discover and correct his or her own mistakes and work independently from his class mates and teachers alike.

Module 3 – Early Childhood Arts and Culture
Children have an inborn curiosity about the trees & the plants, animals & insects, their bodies, the planets etc. and this module focuses on two key areas of the Montessori pedagogy, Arts and Culture.  Montessori children frequently astonish adults with their in-depth knowledge of subjects such as biology, geography, simple science and history. During this module, you will be introduced to the Montessori didactic materials and activities that will allow you to  guide children to an appreciation of the world they live in.

Module 4 - Work Placement Programme
As the philosophy of Montessori was “Learning by Doing” then it is only natural that work experience in an approved Montessori school, under the guidance of a qualified and experienced Montessori directress, be an integral part of your learning journey. During the placement programme of 50 hours, you will have the opportunity to put into practice the exercises and skills you will have learned during the programme. You will have the opportunity by using these skills to stimulate, develop and guide the children under your direction to develop to their full potential. Our tutors and programme management team are available to help you secure a suitable work placement during your studies.   Reflective learning nature of this the programme makes up 20% of every module. The assessment strategy for the programme allows the learner to reflect on all aspects of their academic and practical learning journey.

Assessment Criteria
Collection of work, Practical Skills Demonstration, Modular Exams

Course price €1,799

Protection for learners fee €80

Easy Payment Plan

Deposit of 40% = €719

Balance in to 5 instalments of €255 due 10th of the month after the course starts.  Payments can be made by credit/debit card, electronic fund transfer or in person to our offices.

Instalment fee payable - €195 spread across 5 instalment payments, included in figures detailed above

Protection for learner fees are due on or before the start date

Read our Terms of Enrolment here for more information about payment arrangements


Pease note places on this course are only confirmed once the deposit of tuition fees has been received.


Joan has been successfully running her own Montessori School since the completion of her studies at Portobello Institute

Deciding to study at Portobello Institute was one of the best career decisions I have made with the second best decision was to open my own Montessori school. Full story.

Joan Horgan

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