Cost €585 (yr.1) €520 (yr.2)

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Montessori Teaching Level 5 & 6

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QQI Level 5 Award in Early Childhood Care and Education 5M2009
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QQI Level 6 Award in Early Childhood Care and Education 6M2007

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Duration: 2 years

Entry to Year 2 of this programme is subject to students completing and successfully passing all components from Year 1 of this course. Students who have successfully completed Level 5 (or equivalent) elsewhere can also be accepted into Year 2. 

Note: This course costs €385 for year 1 if you are exempt from €200 Government Charge
Note: This course costs €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 in Year 1?

  • Early Childhood Education & Play
  • Child Health and Well Being
  • Child Development
  • Understanding Special Needs
  • Infection Prevention & Control
  • Approaches to Early Childhood Education
  • Early Care and Education Practice
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • What will I study in Year 2?

  • Early Childhood Curriculum
  • Early Learning Philosophy
  • Child Development
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Supervision in Childhood Care
  • Childhood Social, Legal & Health studies
  • Early Childhood Arts & Culture
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • 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. Students may also progress onto a Montessori Degree offered in St Nicholas Montessori Ireland (SMSI) or Cork Institute of Technology (CIT). Graduates from the Level 6 Award may progress onto Year 3 of a degree in Montessori in St Nicholas Dun Laoghaire (SMSI).Graduates may also progress to participating Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) through the Higher Education Links Scheme 

    Click this course code 6M2007 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.

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    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:

    • 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)
    • 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.
    • 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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