Infant/Toddler (ages 0-3)
The Center For Montessori Teacher Education/North Carolina (CMTE/NC) offers an Infant/Toddler
teacher training program which, upon successful completion, leads to an American Montessori Society
(AMS) Infant/Toddler Credential. An AMS Associate Infant and Toddler Credential will be granted if the
candidate does not have a Bachelor’s Degree.
This course presents the Montessori philosophy, theory, teaching and strategies in the light of modern
child development and developmental psychology. CMTE/NC offers the only Montessori Teacher
Education program in the world with a published, RIE Fellow Associate on our Infant/Toddler faculty.
The Infant and Toddler program explores the physical and emotional evolution of the developing
personality from the birth of a child to three years of age. Emphasis is placed upon the integration of the
human and physical components of the prepared environment. Subject areas include: Montessori
Philosophy and Pedagogy; Preparation and Design of Responsive Environments; Infant and Toddler
Development (physical, cognitive and emotional); Bonding; Symbiosis / Separation; Adult and Child
Communication; Physical Health and Care of the Infant; Pregnancy and Child Birth; Legislation and
Administration of Infant and Toddler programs; the Infant and Toddler in all day group settings; family
needs this decade and beyond.
In the initial summer phase the student is introduced to Montessori Philosophy and Pedagogy, Child
Development, Observation Skills, Health and Safety Issues, Leading and meeting current Childcare
regulations and Environmental Design. During the weekend seminars that follow, the student is given
additional Child Development, Philosophy and Pedagogy, Observation and Record Keeping and
Environmental Design along with Sensory Integration, Music, Movement and Art classes.
Our curriculum presentations are sequenced to follow the growth and development of a teacher in a
classroom. The 3-6 Overview course is given after the Montessori student has had the opportunity to
absorb the strong focus on Montessori Philosophy and Infant and Toddler Child Development that is
offered. In this time frame, the Overview also acts as a stepping-stone for a Toddler specialist to develop
activities appropriate for the maturing child.