Bachelor of Education
Montessori Primary Teaching
Maria Montessori (late 19th and early 20th centuries) developed the Montessori philosophy which is used worldwide in education today.
Montessori education highlights the importance of adapting the child's learning environment to his or her developmental level, and the role of physical activity in absorbing academic concepts and practical skills.
Highlights of Montessori Education
- Supports children individually to work in a prepared environment with specially designed materials that assist learning.
- Students are presented materials by the teacher; the child is then free to develop and work at an individual pace.
- Children of different ages (6-9 and 9-12 years old) are grouped together, allowing individuals to mentor and support each other.
- Independence from the teacher is encouraged. Children choose the material they will work on, when, where and how.
- Children are viewed as being capable of self-directed learning and take a hands-on approach to learning.
What this specialty covers
This specialty was developed in conjunction with Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand and is designed to equip you with the skills, knowledge and attitudes you need to be an effective teacher in a Montessori primary setting.
295200 Taki Haere Mai
295201 Primary Professional Inquiry and Practice I
295113 Human Development and Learning I
295151 Mathematics I
295114 Whanau/Family and Society
296262 Primary Professional Inquiry and Practice II
296260 Karanga Mai
295154 Mathematics II
295203 Health and Physical Education
295156 Social Studies
296227 Principles of Learning and Teaching
297333 Research for Teaching
296226 Inclusive Education
296259 Montessori Mathematics - Primary*
297340 Montessori Philosophy and Curriculum*
297360 Montessori Language - Primary*
297361 Montessori Cosmic Education - Primary*
297334 Sociopolitical Perspectives in Education
*These 4 papers (60 credits) do not qualify you to be a fully qualified Montessori teacher. You would have to do further study overseas for such a qualification. Often the New Zealand Montessori School will support such further study if deemed necessary for your practice
Montessori practicum experience
AUT has strong links with Montessori education settings and provide opportunities for you to spend your third year practicums, which are a part of the Professional Inquiry and Practice III paper, in Montessori primary settings.
Our graduates speak — Dillon Rungan"There's a sense of togetherness at AUT and plenty of interaction between staff and students," says Dillon Rungan.
His major in Montessori set him up to work at any primary school and broadened his insight of how learning spontaneously grows in children.
- Graduates are eligible to apply for provisional teacher registration
- Teaching in Montessori schools
- Teaching in mainstream primary or intermediate schools
- As Montessori is a worldwide movement, graduates may wish to pursue teaching careers overseas.
In support of the Treaty of Waitangi, AUT offers Nil Fee Te Reo Māori papers that can be taken as part of a Bachelor of Education at AUT.
Last updated: 29-May-2015 3.13pm
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.