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.
Montessori education philosophy views children as capable of self-directed learning and takes a hands-on approach to learning.
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
*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.
His major in Montessori set him up to work at any primary school and broadened his insight of how learning spontaneously grows in children.
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.