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In Portobello Institute, we understand children are dynamic, natural learners. By observing young slum children, Maria Montessori came to understand what was holding these children back – adult interference. She realised that “The child's mind is not the type of mind that the adults possess”. Freedom is the single most important factor in allowing children to develop as spontaneous, creative individuals.

Maria Montessori’s early learning was that just like a young child learning to walk, or holding a kitten, 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 Institute.

It is this Montessori philosophy that we follow when guiding our students through this stimulating & enlightening course. We have the benefit of over 30 years experience in delivering, researching and developing a Montessori teacher training course that follows & interprets the values that Maria Montessori prescribed in the 1900’s and that is now known as the “Montessori Method”.

Successful completion of the Montessori Teaching course qualifies learners as Montessori Teachers for the 3-6 year range who may seek employment for this role within the pre-school sector. To be a room leader or open your own school you can add the ECCE modules to your Montessori qualification giving you a full major award at level 6.

By the end of Montessori Teaching learners will be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of both the local and national frameworks which guide the education and care provision of Early Years settings, specialising in Montessori Pedagogy and Curriculum for the 3-6 year old. Over one hundred years ago, Maria Montessori, the first female physician in Italy, devised a very different method of educating children, based on her observations of how they naturally learn. Today, Montessori education is more in line with what developmentalists now know about how children learn and develop.

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. 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.

Qualification Gained

QQI Minor Award in Montessori Teaching

This minor 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

Course Structure

This course is blended learning and workshops.  You are required to attend 7 weekend workshops (Sat and Sun).  See a schedule of workshops here.

Study Options and Payment

Learners can book the Montessori modules only at €1,690 if paid in full or €1,850 if paid by installments (€600 deposit and 5 payments of €250 over 5 months).  Learners can choose to study for the full major award by adding the individual ECCE modules  at €600 each per module.  Please contact Jennifer Matteazzi to discuss these options on 01 892 0040 or

Further Studies

Learners who successfully complete the Montessori Teaching award may wish to add the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) to achieve a full major award.  These additional modules which are delivered via blended learning at an additional fee of €600. To discuss this further please contact Jennifer Matteazzi on 01 892 0040 or email

Course Content Modules

  1. Early Learning Environment
    - Montessori Philosophy, Practical Life Skills and Sensorial Education
  2. Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy
    - Montessori Language Development and Montessori Mathematics
  3. Early Childhood Arts and Culture
    - Montessori Arts and Culture
  4. Work Experience 
    Over the duration of the course. Learners will spend 50 hours applying work skills to consolidate child development and learning in a Montessori school. This work experience is considered an integral part of the continuing learning process in which the Learner learns to apply the knowledge gained during the course.


Name: Montessori Blended Learning

Cost: 1690 Euro

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Course CodePrice and LocationInfo
Carlow, Co Carlow
  • 20/10/18 - 28/04/19
  • Sat & Sun 9am - 4.30pm
Drogheda, Co Louth
  • 20/10/18 - 28/04/19
  • Sat & Sun 9am - 4.30pm
Galway, Co Galway
  • 20/10/18 - 28/04/19
  • Sat & Sun 9am - 4.30pm
Navan, Co Meath
  • 20/10/18 - 28/04/19
  • Sat & Sun 9am - 4.30pm
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 20/10/18 - 28/04/19
  • Sat & Sun 9am - 4.30pm
  • 20/10/18 - 28/04/19
  • Sat & Sun 9am - 4.30pm
Cork, Co Cork
  • 20/10/18 - 28/04/19
  • Sat & Sun 9am - 4.30pm

Additional Course Costs

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  • Protection for learners insurance fee: €108