The Montessori educational philosophy is that the educational method must support and address the nature of the child. This is done through detailed observation of the child. A child is a dynamic, curious person and comes to know the world through the senses. They acquire knowledge through physically manipulating their environment. This allows the child to construct mental images and lays the foundation for later abstractions. The teacher observes the children to determine their interests and needs, and then prepares the environment to meet the observed needs.
Shelton offers Montessori teacher education courses in Early Childhood and Elementary Level I, and Elementary Level II. These courses provide a dynamic introduction to Montessori through lectures, demonstration, classroom observations, small group projects, creation of personalized manuals and personal research. Experienced, dedicated mentors in select Montessori settings guide a 9-month practicum. Students take oral and written examinations and complete research projects.
Shelton also offers training to help Montessorians understand the specific needs of children at risk for learning differences and provide specific strategies for matching the Montessori educational method to those needs. This course is titled Montessori Applied to Children At-Risk or MACAR and is offered at beginning and advanced levels, and in several locations.
Applicants should be passionate about teaching, creative in their outlook and determined in their focus. Students must attend all lectures, demonstrations and practice sessions.
Videos of the 4 featured speakers at the 2014 AMS conference (held in Dallas, TX) are available online. (Dr. Robert Evans, Dr. Temple Grandin, Dr. Andrew Solomon, and John Hunter)
The Co-Directors of the program are Joyce Pickering, Hum.D., AMS, PrePrimary and Pauline Novak, M.ED., AMS Elementary I and Administration.