Courses Menu

Montessori Teaching - Full Time

Book Your Place Now

7 months


QQI Level 6


Awarding Body

Start Date

Start Date
October 2020

Montessori Teaching - Full Time

Are you interested in becoming a Montessori teacher or opening your own Montessori setting?  Portobello Institute’s QQI Level 6 Major Award in Early Years Care and Education with Montessori Teaching is an International qualification that will allow you open your own setting or work in the capacity of a room leader / supervisor / manager in a Montessori room. During this 7-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 3 days a week and spend the remaining 2 days on work placement in a Montessori setting enabling you to get practical experience to compliment your studies. 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 Major Award in Early Years Care and Education with Montessori Teaching 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 Teaching 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 room leader in a Montessori room as well as allowing you to work across the board in the general childcare setting (ECCE).

What will I learn during this QQI Level 6 Major Award in Early Years Care and Education with Montessori teaching?

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.

Who will I learn from?

The programme management and tutoring team on this QQI Level 6 Major Award in Early Years Care and Education with Montessori teaching 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

Who will recognise my qualification?

Upon completing this course, you will hold a QQI Level 6 Major Award in Early Years Care and Education with Montessori teaching. This programme is recognised as carrying a total 120 credits on the Irish NFQ, (National Framework of Qualifications).  Integrated into this programme, are the principles set down by Siolta the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Aistear: the Framework for Early Learning.

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will be awarded a QQI Level 6 Major Award in Early Years Care and Education with Montessori teaching. This is awarded at level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications

Qualifications Frameworks in Ireland and the UK

The Irish and UK qualifications authorities have collaborated on initiatives that promote the transparency, recognition and mobility of qualifications between our respective jurisdictions. The qualifications authorities in the UK and Ireland have agreed the qualifications frameworks in operation, Brexit will not impact this agreement. Further guidance on this framework is available here. 

Entry onto this programme is based on interview. At the interview we are seeking the characteristics and traits we believe essential to work with children – a calm patience, an excitement and a passion to help children explore and learn about the world through the Montessori method.

Portobello Institute’s Montessori Teaching course is delivered over 1 academic year. You will spend 3 days per week in college and 2 days per week on placement gaining work experience. 

Whilst in college, you focus on learning the Montessori method and pedagogy and the core principles of early years care and education. 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.

Time is also spent researching and developing your knowledge of the social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of the child aged 0-6 years. There is the opportunity for you to consider other types of early years provision including state, private, voluntary and institutional. 

Work Experience 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 2 days per week, 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. We aim to ensure you that have the opportunity to gain experience in a setting that is aligned with your career ambitions. Our tutors and programme management team will help you secure a suitable work placement during your studies and this placement can be in your locality to reduce travel and time spent in Dublin

Level 6 Major Award in Early Years Care and Education

This major award is made up of the following minor awards;

• Early Learning Environment - 15 credits

• Early Childhood Literacy & Numeracy - 15 credits

• Early Childhood Arts and Culture - 15 credits

• Work Experience - 15 credits

• Child Development - 15 credits

• Early Childhood Curriculum - 15 credits

• Childhood social, Legal & Health Issues - 15 credits

• Personal & Professional Development - 15 credits

Course fee €4896

Protection for Learners €196

Payment - 40% of course fees due upon acceptance, balance and protection for learners fee due on 25th August 2020.

Easy Payment Plan

Acceptance of place - 40% = €2,076

Balance in to 3 instalments of 20% equal to €1,038 due 25th August, 25th November & 25th January 2021.

Instalment fee payable - €295 spread across 4 payments, included in figures detailed above

Protection for learner fees are due on 25th August 2020

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

We are delighted to share just some of the success stories from happy graduates reaching their ultimate goals across Montessori. 


Halima Ansari   Gianluca Marangon


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


For Gianluca the most rewarding part of the course is completing his placement and being around the children, “the blissful happiness of children and showing them awareness of their good qualities”. Read more

Gianluca Marangon

Apply Now

Course Code Location & Info Price
EYMD-F-DS-OC-20 Portobello Institute, Dublin 1

05/10/20 - 23/04/21
Three days per week onsite & two days per week on placement
€4896 Book Now
We use cookies to improve your experience on this website. Read More Allow Cookies