Early Childhood Course (students ages 2 1/2 - 6 years)

Course Information

Course Information

Shelton Montessori Training, SMT, offers a traditional Early Childhood Montessori course.

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This course is a rigorous course offering an in-depth study of Early Childhood (ages 2 1/2 through 6) Montessori philosophy and method. The comprehensive course includes lectures, demonstrations, classroom observations, small group projects, manual and material creation, and research.

The Montessori Early Childhood Teacher Credential Course is comprised of 360 instructional clock hours offered during an intensive seven-week summer program as well as one course during fall semester and one course during spring semester. Followed by the coursework, a nine-month, 540 hours of guided practicum must be completed under the guidance of an experienced instructor/mentor. The practicum provides the opportunity to practice the Montessori philosophy and lessons as well as research skills are honed during a yearlong case study of three students. Please refer to the schedule for specific course dates and times.

(Clicking the red "Register Online" button above will allow you to pay the application fee and access the online application form.)

Schedule
Classes meet from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
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Cost:
Registration Fee, Tuition, Manuals, and Association Fees: (Total $6,600)
Non-refundable Registration Fee - $200
Tuition due on or before May 1 - $3,200
Due on or before January 1 - $3,200

Registration Fee is due at the time of application and is nonrefundable. Your space will not be held until this fee has been paid.

The tuition includes the association fees for AMS, mentor, field supervisor, and the costs for all the manuals and handouts.

Scholarships are available.

Bachelor’s Level Credit
After completing the Early Childhood course Curriculum, 18 credit hours may apply toward a Chaminade University bachelor’s degree.

Master’s Level Credit
Contact Southern Methodist University regarding a collaborative master’s degree - Jan Mallett (jemallett@smu.edu).

Contact Dallas Baptist University about information regarding a concurrent Master of Arts in Teaching. For more information see Page 24.

More Information
Contact Gulzar Babool at 972.774.1772, Ext.2510 or gbabool@shelton.org or
Joyce Pickering at 972.774.1772, Ext. 2226 or jpickering@shelton.org.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  1. B.A. or B.S. degree* - All official transcripts must be translated into English and certified as equivalent to a United States bachelor's degree. Both the original language transcript and the translated transcript must be submitted with the application. The applicant is responsible for the cost of the evaluation. Certification of the applicant's documentation can be obtained from one of the following agencies.

    World Education Service, P.O. Box 745, Old Chelsea Station, New York, NY 10113 (212-966-6311), or http://www.wes.org

    International Education Research Foundation (IERF)
    P.O. Box 3665
    Culver City, CA 90231
    Tel: 310.258.9451
    Email: info@ierf.org
    http://www.ierf.org
  2. Three professional letters of recommendation
  3. One original transcript from the school from which you attained your highest degree
  4. Handwritten statement of purpose for attending the Early Childhood Course
  5. Application with nonrefundable Application Fee
  6. An interview
  7. If you are a Non-Native Speaker of English, you must provide additional documentation.

*EC Applicants without a Bachelor's Degree:
An Associate Early Childhood certificate is awarded to a adult learner with a minimum of a High School Diploma or its equivalent, who does not have a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution. Candidates for an Associate Early Childhood certificate must complete all requirements for the course in which they are enrolled, and may not represent themselves as holding a Full Early Childhood certificate.

Holders of the Associate Early Childhood certificate are strongly encouraged to submit proof that they are in the process toward attaining their bachelor's degree. Teachers with an Associate certificate are eligible for an Early Childhood certificate when the bachelor's degree requirement has been completed. The required documentation is an official college transcript from an accredited U.S. college or university sent to Shelton with appropriate upgrade fee.

A student whose file lacks any of the items listed above may be accepted on a provisional basis while he/she awaits the full documentation. If there are any questions the student should contact SMT for verification of status. A letter of full acceptance or a letter of provisional acceptance with deficiencies is sent.

Non-native English Speakers

Montessori Course Criteria for Non-Native Speakers of English

The Montessori courses are taught in English. Evidence of ability to communicate verbally and in writing in English at a graduate level is required for admission. The applicant is responsible for the cost of the language assessment. Please follow directions carefully. If English is not the applicant's first language, he/she is required to submit one of the following.*

TOEFL Provide an official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
Shelton Montessori Training's Code is 3036

For information and to register: http://www.toeflgoanywhere.org
  • Minimum Paper Based Score - 550
  • Minimum Internet Based Score - 79
  • Minimum Computer Based Score - 213

IELTS Provide an official IELTS (Intensive English Language Testing System.) Request to have an official Test Report Form sent from the test center where you took the test to Shelton Montessori Training at the address below.

For information about the test and to register: http://www.ielts.org
  • overall band score of 6
  • no individual band lower than 5.

Submit to:
Gulzar Babool, Co-Director
Shelton Montessori Training
15720 Hillcrest Rd.
Dallas, TX 75248
USA

Fax: 972-991-3977

Travel & Lodging

Travel, Lodging, and Other Information

Travel Arrangements
Your travel arrangements are your responsibility. Southwest Airlines flies into Love Field Airport. Love Field is 45 minutes away from the school. All other airlines fly into DFW, which is approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour away. A car is necessary for ground transportation in Dallas, but please refer to “Lodging” information below.

Lodging
Please contact Consuela Teague by email at cteague@shelton.org for questions regarding hotels.

Meals
You must arrange for your own meals. All workshop/course participants should bring a sack lunch, as only 30 minutes is allotted for the lunch break.

Attire
Casual professional attire is requested. Due to air conditioning, a sweater or light jacket is recommended.

Fees
All fees/materials are payable in U.S. currency only.

Certificate of Course Completion
All participants will receive a certificate after all requirements are fulfilled.

Questions
Montessori Courses, contact Pam Brockway via e-mail pbrockway@shelton.org.
All other courses, contact Consuela Teague via e-mail cteague@shelton.org.

College Credit

College Credit

Bachelor’s Degree Credit

  • We collaborate with Chaminade University to offer you an alternative to complete your bachelor’s degree online. Once you complete our training, we can transfer 18 credit hours to Chaminade. For more information please contact: Yan Yan Imamura at 808-739-8563 or yanyan.imamura@chaminade.edu

Masters Level Credit

  • Dallas Baptist University
    A Master of Arts in Teaching program (M.A.T.) can be taken concurrently from Dallas Baptist University while taking either Montessori training program. The graduate program will focus on developing teachers who will be skilled in leadership, curriculum design, and advanced instructional strategies. Please contact the Graduate Office of the School of Education 214.333.7100 for more information about admissions and registration or Dr. Carolyn Spain at carolyns@dbu.edu or 214.333.5217.
  • Southern Methodist University
    Individuals who would like to pursue a Masters in Education with Specialization in Montessori at SMU can find more information on their website:
    www.smu.edu Students admitted in the SMU Masters program can transfer 12 credit hours to count toward the full 36 credit hour Masters course work. Students must simply submit documentation from the Shelton School that they have completed the training with the last 2 years (and into the coming years.)

Scholarships

Scholarships

The Shelton Montessori Training, SMT, will be able to award teacher education scholarships to aspiring Montessori teachers due to a generous grant from the Harold Simmons Foundation.

The intent of this teacher education scholarship is to support the growth of Montessori teachers of tomorrow who will dedicate themselves to the education of children using the Montessori method.

This donation will enable SMT the ability to award up to twenty scholarships of $1,500 each to teachers who wish to apply to either the Early Childhood Montessori program or the Elementary I Montessori program.

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Shelton Montessori Training holds accredited status for its Elementary I teacher education certification course from the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) though the year 2024.

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Shelton Montessori Training holds Full Affiliate status for its Early Childhood, Elementary I, Elementary I-II teacher certification course with the American teacher certification course with the American Montessori Society (AMS) through the year 2024.