Early Childhood Program Overview
Montessori Educational Institute of North America (MEINA) seeks to prepare adults for the task of helping children develop their individual potential. The adult learner is lead in this course to establish patterns of study, and habits of observation and experimentation to help attain this goal.
MEINA brings together a selected student body and highly qualified professional staff. Their purpose is to study in depth contemporary Montessori practices at the early childhood level for children of 2 1/2 through 6 years old.
This 13 month course of study consists of two phases and a final evaluation.
The first phase of the program is a 7-week summer academic experience beginning in June.
The second phase is a nine-month internship in an approved site under the supervision of a certified Montessori teacher. The student is required to be on site daily in a Montessori classroom for a minimum of three hours each day for the 9-month school year.
Students return to MEINA for a final practical exam and project presentation at the end or the summer following the internship.
2018 Cohort begins Summer 2018
June 4-June 29 and July 9-July 27, 2018
Mandatory Lab: Tuesday and Thursday 5:-6:30
Fall Seminar: October 13-14 (full day Saturday, half day Sunday) 2018
Spring Seminar: March 9-10, (full day Saturday, half day Sunday) 2019
Written and Oral Exams and Presentation of Portfolios: July 27-28, 2019
8-5, half day Sunday
The dress code is casual with professionalism in mind. Adult learners are asked to wear shorts and skirts that are knee length. Tops and pants need to be modest considering that our time is often spent sitting on the floor.