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What is Montessori?


About This Course

This course is the perfect starting point for those who are completely new to Montessori. We assume no prior knowledge and start at the beginning with a gentle introduction to Maria Montessori’s beliefs. The course explores how she came to form her philosophy, how it is applied in practical terms, and how that translates to early years education today.

Please note this course is staffed and running from early summer 2020 for three weeks. However you can access the course any time after this and complete in your own time. You will have a minimum of one month access to this course, depending on when you start.

What You'll Learn

This course will cover: Maria Montessori’s personal history; How she formed the Montessori method; What it means in early years education; How it is pracitcally applied; The current context of Montessori in the 21st century.


There are no requirements to take this course, just an interest in education.

Course Staff

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Jeremy Clarke

Jeremy joined the MCI academic team in 2013. He previously taught in Nursery and Reception age classes for 13 years and was at Gorton Mount Primary when it became the first state school in the UK to adopt the Montessori approach. At MCI he is Head of Digital Education. He is also an assessor for MEAB, the Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board. He received his BA (QTS) in Environmental Science and Outdoor Studies in Ambleside. He completed his Montessori Diploma at MCI. Jeremy will be online every week to respond to the discussion.

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Tags: Free, MOOC, beginner, introduction, everyone, early years