Course Description

Adv. Montessori with ECCE Major Award – (QQI Level 6)

The Montessori parts of the course train the learners to educate children in a way that gives them the best possible foundation for life.

“Maria Montessori’s goal was to develop the whole personality of the child and her system is based on her strong belief in the spontaneous working of the human intellect. The main principle of Dr. Montessori’s method is that the child learns by himself from experiences within the classroom. The role of the teacher is to prepare the classroom so as to maximise the benefits of the experiences within it”.

While the Early Childhood Care and Education parts provide an opportunity for the Learner to gain and understand a range of theories in relation to child development and be able to implement a range of activities that will promote physical, social, emotional, intellectual development in children from 0-6 years.

Learners will be taught communication skills in both the written word and the spoken word as it is important to be able to communicate effectively with children, their families and colleagues in an effective, caring and professional manner.

They will learn how to respond appropriately to the care and educational needs of children of different ages, stages, interests and abilities, taking account of diversity and promoting equality and inclusion. The learner will be provided with detailed tutoring that both embraces and compliments the themes of Aistear and the philosophy of Maria Montessori.

It is essential that practitioners understand other approaches to curricula so that they can embrace a variety of philosophies and weave certain aspects or thinking into their work. Wherever our students decide to work they will be able to apply knowledge gained during this course that will ensure the safety and well-being of all children and their families.


Mandatory – All of the following components:

  • Child Development (6N1942)*
  • Early Childhood Curriculum (Montessori & Practice) (6N1944)
  • Childhood Social Legal and Health Studies (6N1945)
  • Work Experience (6N1946)
  • Communications (6N1950)or Personal and Professional Development (6N1949)


Elective Modules – A minimum of three of the following modules / components must be completed to achieve the full QQI Major Award – 6M2007.

However due to Montessori industry feedback we recommend that a learner completes all four modules as it will provide the learner with all Montessori methods that the industry is looking for. Completing all four incurs no extra cost.


  • Early Learning Philosophy (Montessori Method) (6N1932)*
  • Early Learning Environment (Montessori Practical Life and Sensorial) (6N1933)
  • Early Childhood Literacy & Numeracy (Montessori Maths & Language) (6N1935)
  • Early Childhood Arts and Culture (Montessori Culture) (6N1936)


*Students taking these modules will have to sit an examination (€50.00) that is normally held in Dublin but arrangements can be made in outside centres around the country. This can be paid before exam dates and is not required upon enrolment.


CollegeThe Open College
Course LocationLeopardstown, Dublin
Location PostcodeDublin 18
Course CategoryMontessori Education, Educational & Teacher Training
Course TypeDistance Learning
Course QualificationLevel 6 Advanced Certificate
Awarding BodyQQI
Awarding Body DetailsQQI Level 6 Major award in Early Childhood Care & Education - 6M2007 and a Certificate in ECCE with Montessori Level 6 (The Open College).
Course Duration13 Months
Course Time- This QQI / FETAC Montessori with Early Childhood Care & Education Major Award (6M2007) course is completed through Distance Learning Course and there are no lectures to attend. - Students can complete this course within 13 months which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.
Course Fee1299
Entry Requirements- Leaving Certificate, Level 5 Certificate in Childcare or equivalent and/or work/life experiences. - Garda Vetting is required for all Childcare placements and students can apply for this through The Open College. Please ask for details. - Students must currently be working (or on work experience) in the childcare sector for a minimum of 8 hours per week, throughout the course, as assignments will require learners to draw upon practical experience. -Garda Vetting is required for all Childcare placements and students can apply for this through The Open College. Please ask for details. -Certain assessments require completion of work, which must be observed and evaluated by a Supervisor or Line manager. - English Language Requirement: Students entering programmes leading to awards at Level 6 are expected to be able to: fluently read, draft, prepare and understand complex information, including quantitative information, that is personally relevant and reflecting a broad knowledge base. For example, this might include text and other information relating to abstract theoretical ideas, concerns or procedures, such as local planning concerns in relation to broader spatial strategy, political issues in relation to particular agenda, budget plans/ specifications. -Learners undertaking this programme must have basic IT skills and access to the necessary equipment to enable them to undertake an online programme: computer, broadband, email, Microsoft, recording equipment necessary for some skills demonstration tasks, and where applicable any other specialised software/equipment. - As this programme is delivered through distance learning or eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative. - Learners must be able to attend Exam days as there are certain modules that require supervised examinations to be taken as part of the final Assessments.
Carear PathCareer Options: - Montessori Teacher (3-6 Years) - Montessori Teacher (3-6 Years) – ECCE Setting. Progression to further Studies: The course is also structured to provide Childcare Graduates with the opportunity to progress to specialised courses in higher education through the Higher Education Links Scheme (HELs).  Academic routes include related degree courses such as: - Level 7 Degree in Early Childhood Care and Education - Level 7 Social Care Practice Degree - Level 8 Bachelor of Social Science - Level 8 Bachelor of Science in Education & Training Students may be eligible for consideration for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Montessori Education Degree or related option.
Phone+353 1 206 1828
Course Code6M2007
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