Applying – Infant & Toddler



Course Schedule (2018-2019)


The 2018-2019 Course of Study will begin on Monday, July 2nd, 2018 and will be completed in June 2019. The program consists of a three-week summer course phase, together with two three-day seminars (one in the fall and one in the spring) and a nine-month student-teaching experience (practicum).

Phase 1: Summer Phase (2018)

The summer academic phase will begin with three weeks of instruction on the campus of Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, beginning on Monday, July 2nd, 2018, and ending Friday, July 20th. Classes will be held between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. each weekday. During this summer phase of the program, adult learners will be introduced to the following courses: Montessori Philosophy; Pedagogy; Designing Environments for Infants and Toddlers; Child, Family and Community; Program Leadership and Administration; and Personal Growth.

During the summer phase, adult learners will also participate in student-teaching seminars, which will help to prepare them for the Practicum Phase of the program. It is our goal to prepare enrolled adult learners as thoroughly as possible for the nine months of student-teaching so that each enrolled adult learner experiences the best possible benefits from their practicum experience.

Summer Dates (Monday – Friday): July 2nd – July 20th, 2018



Phase 2: Seminar Phase: Fall and Spring Weekend Seminars

There will be two 3-day seminars during the year as follows: October 12th – 15th, 2018 and May 31st – June 1st, 2019. The seminars offer individuals the opportunity to meet with instructors and to receive continued feedback on their progress in the program, while providing for the continuation of instructional courses. Adult learners will continue their studies with courses in Observation, Pedagogy, and ‘Child, Family and Community’. There will also be culminating year-long project presentations during the final seminar June, 2019. Lodging for the seminars is not available through the Institute and is the responsibility of the Adult Learner.

Seminar Dates (Friday – Sunday): November 3rd – November 5th, 2017
June 1st – June 5th, 2018




An Early Childhood Overview is required by those individuals not holding a MACTE accredited credential. An overview is offered prior to the start of the Infant and Toddler certification course through Rising Stars. A separate fee applies.

EC Overview Dates: Friday, April 5th – Sunday, April 7th, 2019
* Though unusual, academic course dates are subject to unanticipated change.