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Upgrade National Diploma

Course Details

The National Diploma in Early Childhood Development recognises that training in early childhood education with a Montessori specialisation requires a breadth of understanding and varied set of skills as well as specific attitudes towards children.

This 12-month course is aimed at Montessori teachers who hold a historical Montessori-only qualification that has no national accreditation.

The level 5 National Diploma in Early Childhood Development (3 – 6 years) (SAQA ID: 23118) allows graduates to work as fully qualified early childhood educators in South Africa and to register with the South African Council for Educators (SACE).

  • Study Skills
  • Montessori Philosophy
  • Child Development
  • Activities of Everyday Living – refresher
  • Education of the Senses – refresher
  • Numeracy and Arithmetic – refresher
  • Literacy – refresher
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World – refresher
  • Childcare and Health
  • Diversity, Special Needs and Inclusion
  • ECD in the South African Context
  • Observation

The Upgrade course has been structured to allow working teachers to participate in the course without undue interference with their daily teaching responsibilities. For the most part, the course is designed to be self-studied within the parameters of structured submissions timetable.

All coursework, modules and resources are held on an interactive online student portal.  Each module includes face-to-face lectures as per a structured timetable.

The course timetable begins in February 2020 and continues until November 2020. Please note that all lectures are compulsory as these hours form part of the final qualification requirements.

The upgrade course includes a compulsory intensive 10-day Apparatus Workshop, which covers all Montessori curriculum areas and classroom management. This workshop is scheduled in the June/July school holidays and also forms part of the final qualification requirements.

This qualification includes a compulsory Professional Placement in a Montessori school of at least 150 hours between June and November 2020.

This placement forms a central point of practical integration for the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes developed over the course of the training. Students will be observed by a Placement Tutor allocated by Montessori Centre South Africa (MCSA).

MCSA assists with the placement of students for this part of the course requirements. Placements must be made within an 80km radius of the centre. Should external placements be required, these will be charged to the students.

Applicants for the Upgrade to the National Diploma course must:

  • Be aged 18 or older.
  • Hold a Matric Certificate with a minimum of a Diploma pass.
  • Hold a previously acquired recognised Montessori 3-6 Diploma.
  • Be a South African citizen or a permanent resident or hold a full and relevant visa for the duration of the course.
  • Have access to a tablet, laptop or desktop computer, be computer literate and have reliable Internet access.
  • If possible, attend one of the Information Sessions at the centre closest to you. All information session dates and times are posted on our website.
  • Complete the application form and return it with all the supporting documents to info@montessorisa.co.za with the non-refundable application fee of R500.
  • On application, you will be required to do an entrance assessment. This process is completed online.
  • An appointment will then be made for a telephonic interview.
  • Successful applicants will then receive an offer of study, upon which the enrolment documents will need to be submitted with the payment of the enrolment fee in order to secure a place.

PRICING

Enrolment fee R5 000 On acceptance
Course fee R25 250 On enrolment. Arrangements may be made for instalment payments.
Total Cost R30 250

TESTIMONIALS

 

As an MCI (UK) diploma holder, I did the MCSA Upgrade course in 2016. I could not have asked for a better training center. Susanne and Kirsty truly have a passion for what they do, they are always willing to offer support, constructive criticism and an encouraging smile when the assignments seem to get the better of us. Even after my course has ended I still have their full support and if I ever require any advice their assistance is just a phone call or email away.

I am currently working at a Montessori school Tirana, Albania, and now have wonderful opportunities to travel and explore the rest of the world - all thanks to MCSA!

DANEL NIXON
Upgrade Course, 2016

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