Cost €585

inc. Govt Charge

Montessori Teaching

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After Year 1 QQI Level 5 Award in Early Childhood Care and Education 5M2009
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After Year 2 QQI Level 6 Award in Early Childhood Care and Education 6M2007

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Duration: 2 years

(Note that entry to Year 2 of this programme is subject to students completing and successfully passing all modules from Year 1 of the course)

Note: This course costs €385 for year 1 and €320 for year 2 if you are exempt from €200 Government Charge

Mature students  (over 21 years) may be entitled to VTOS funding


What will I study?

Year 1

  • Child Development
  • Early Care and Education Practice
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Approaches to Early Childhood Education
  • Understanding Special Needs
  • Creative Arts For Early Childhood
  • Child Health and Well Being
  • Early Childhood Education and Play

Year 2

  • Early Childhood Curriculum
  • Early Learning Philosophy
  • Work Experience
  • Supervision in Childhood Care
  • Child Development
  • Childhood Social Legal and Health Studies
  • Communications
  • Early Childhood  Arts & Culture
  • Understanding Special Needs

Please note the components listed above may vary occasionally

How will I learn?

You will have a mixture of classroom-based subjects, projects, mandatory work placement and independent study. You will be expected to complete assignments throughout the year.

How will I be assessed?

A full Award is granted on passing the relevant eight components. You will be assessed throughout and at the end of the year.(Continuous Assessment)On successful completion of each component, you will be awarded a Pass, a Merit or a Distinction grade.

What we would like from you!

This is a two-year programme designed to prepare students for employment in Montessori Schools and Early Learning Childcare Centres. If you enjoy children under 6 years old and wish to teach in an early years learning environment, then this course is for you! You will be responsible for securing an appropriate off site work placement before the beginning of the course.

Career/Progression Opportunities

Students may pursue a career in Montessori Pre-Schools in Ireland or internationally or work independently in an Early Learning Centre. Students may also progress onto a Montessori Degree. Montessori Level 6 Graduates with full Award and min. of 3 Distinctions are eligible to apply to Year 3 of Montessori Degree in St Nicholas Dun Laoghaire (SNMCI). Graduates may also progress to participating Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) through the Higher Education Links Scheme or apply to Year 2 of the Early Childhood Education Degree in DIT/TU Dublin.

After Year 1 Click this course code 5M2009 to see the list of Third Level courses this Award links with. You can also select “any award” in the same search box and this will return all courses open to students who have successfully completed a QQI Level 5 course.

After Year 2 Click this course code 6M2007 to see the list of Third Level courses this Award links with.

See what our Students say

St NIcholas is a small college so everyone knows you by name just like Killester although I do miss Killester a lot!
I am doing teaching placement in March/April for 5 weeks which has always been a dream of mine!
I am really enjoying the course, it is a stepping stone to my future dreams.

Jade Kelly Killester Montessori student 2017-’19
Jade progressed from a 2 year course in Killester College to year 3 of a Montessori degree-we are all proud of her!

Entry Requirements

A student seeking entry to this programme does not need a previous formal qualification. However, the student must demonstrate at interview the capacity to successfully participate on this programme. This includes both the academic and work experience elements of the programme. Should the student have previous qualifications, one of the following may be advantageous for admission to the programme:

  • For the purposes of Work Experience placements, students must be 18 years and over by the 31st October in year of entry due to HSE requirements.
  • Leaving Certificate to include English and Maths
  • QQI Level 4 Award
  • Students who may not have formal academic requirements but who have the ability to successfully participate on the course will be considered. (RPL Recognition of Prior Learning)
  • Interview

Note that some of the practical work on this course requires some physical effort. Consequently, students with any back problems or other injuries or conditions should discuss this matter with the course coordinator at enrolment.


Garda Vetting Required Yes

Course Code 306

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