In addition to the academic program, all adult learners are required to complete a minimum of 540 hours of classroom work under the supervision of a certified Montessori teacher in an approved school. It is the adult learner’s responsibility to find a Practicum site approved by MOATEP and affiliated with AMS unless a request showing sufficient cause for an exception is made to and granted by AMS. The student teaching Practicum provides students a real-world classroom experience under the direct supervision of a qualified Montessori educator at a qualified and accredited Montessori school.
The Practicum may not precede the academic phase of the program and is based on a minimum of three hours daily, five days a week for a full academic year. It is preferred and highly recommended that the adult learner works FULL-TIME in the classroom, as an Assistant Teacher, to receive the most benefit from the Practicum. Waivers for a Self-Directed internship must be approved by the MOATEP Director.
Adult learners will be supported through monthly communication and observed 3-4 times through their Practicum year by a MOATEP Field Consultant or a consultant approved by MOATEP. Adult learners serving a self-directed Practicum (role of Lead Teacher in the classroom) will be given additional support and observed five times during the academic year. Adult learners will be evaluated on their ability to integrate Montessori theory and methodology, child development principles, observation, instructional and classroom management techniques, and preparation of environment. If an adult learner receives an unsatisfactory evaluation, one or more additional observations will be scheduled by the field supervisor to review progress. Every effort will be made by MOATEP to provide the additional support that may be needed.
Alongside this Practicum, adult learners gather several times during the year to refresh and gain new skills and to come together to discuss the practical applications of what they have learned in their classroom setting.