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Are you someone who would like to

  • Help children to find out for themselves rather than give them facts?
  • Nurture curiosity?
  • Pave the way for children to grow into caring and compassionate adults?
  • Enable children to self-judge their ability instead of setting them tests?

Then studying for a Foundation Degree in Montessori Pedagogy (AMI 3-6) awarded by UEL may be just the course for you! Since the course is being offered in collaboration with the Maria Montessori Institute you will also receive the teaching Diploma awarded by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), the organisation set up by Maria Montessori herself, to ensure the spread of authentic Montessori practice. The courses delivered by the Maria Montessori Institute have evolved directly from those first delivered by Maria Montessori and her son Mario between 1919 and 1951.

The partnership between the Maria Montessori Institute and UEL combines expertise in training highly valued Montessori teachers with an outstanding reputation in teacher education and childhood studies.

Montessori is a developmental approach to education that recognises and encourages the natural curiosity of children and their innate drive to learn. It emphasises learning by doing, along with self-expression and collaboration. Montessori-educated children are confident, creative and independent individuals, well-prepared for life. They become responsible decision makers, respectful of the needs of others and their natural environment, with a life-long love of learning.

On our course you will study in-depth Montessori pedagogy and practices for the child aged between 3 and 6. Study includes: 

  • Montessori Child Psychology and Child Development
  • Montessori Educational Theory and Practice including the role of the Montessori Teacher and the preparation of the Montessori environment
  • Observation and Teaching Practice in schools run by AMI Teachers
  • Statutory Guidance for the Early Years

What makes this course different

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Our students feel they are given the opportunity to explore their own ideas and concepts in depth (NSS, 2017).

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Specialist academics

UEL is the largest provider of early childhood courses in London and our academic team have extensive experience in the field, which they bring into the classroom.

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Research rated either 'internationally excellent' or 'world-leading'(REF, 2014).


This programme is designed to give you the opportunity to:

  • Gain the necessary knowledge and practical skills to work as a Montessori teacher in the Early Years sector.
  • Gain a deep understanding of child development in the Early Years.
  • Develop understanding of the early years' framework and statutory requirements for working in the Early Years in the UK.
  • Acquire transferable skills particularly in listening and communication, independent research, critical thinking and analysis, prioritisation and time management and collaborative teamwork to allow you to operate successfully in a variety of fields.




Knowledge is developed through:

  • Lectures
  • Guided and independent reading
  • Group discussions and tutorials 
  • Written essays and assignments
  • Practice with demonstrating Montessori materials and activities
  • Practical workshops 
  • Creation of portfolios for Montessori activities 
  • Practical and oral review 
  • Self-evaluation of own understanding of the practical application of the Montessori materials and the theory underpinning the materials

Thinking skills are developed through:

  • Group discussions and tutorials 
  • Reflection on application of activities 
  • Guided and independent reading 
  • Creation of portfolios of Montessori activities 
  • Observation in a Montessori classroom
  • Self-evaluation

Practical skills are developed through:

  • Practice with demonstrating Montessori materials and activities 
  • Creation of handmade Montessori materials
  • Creation of portfolios for Montessori activities
  • Teaching Practice in a Montessori classroom

Skills for life and work (general skills) are developed through:

  • Seminars, tutorials and group discussions
  • Practical workshops
  • Writing essays and assignments
  • Placement at Teaching Practice schools
  • Self-evaluation
  • Project work


We assess each module individually using the most appropriate method to look for evidence of learning.

We assess modules by coursework and exam (practical and oral).

Other forms of assessment include: Essays and assignments, teaching practice assessment and a Montessori activity portfolio.

Regular formative assessment tasks will provide the opportunity for you to monitor your own understanding and engagement prior to the final assessment.


Stratford Campus

Stratford Campus, Water Lane, Stratford


The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

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I learned so much and it was a really in-depth experience with the children and then I came straight out of the organisation and into a job. The Maria Montessori institute is full of experienced passionate people. The course that I did has been the most intensive course I have ever done. It's not just about how to teach children, it's the whole insight you can only get from thorough training


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Montessori Pedagogy gives you the skills and knowledge to work in a wide range of jobs with children and for children and their families. 

Apart from the classroom, careers are also available in child development research, special needs support, psychology and counselling, childcare, humanitarian education initiatives and Montessori Teacher Training.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.