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B.S. in Early Childhood Education with Montessori Program Studies

The Montessori Method is a child-centered, scientifically based, educational program designed by Dr. Maria Montessori. It is a discovery oriented learning program that emphasizes hands on, collaborative exploration within beautifully prepared classroom environments that support the development of the whole child. Our Montessori course content covers child growth and development; education and service requirements for children with exceptionalities; assessment, curriculum, and instruction; the prepared learning environment; collaboration; and professionalism.


Course Offerings

Early Childhood Education (ECE) with Montessori Program Studies: 78 Hours

Foundation Courses: 15 Hours

Take each course on this list:
ED 199 Entry to Teacher Preparation 0
ECE 111 Educational Foundations of Early Childhood 3
ECE 130 Child Development I 3
ECE 140 Guidance of the Young Child 3
ECE 230 Child Development II 3
IEC 301 The IECE Profession 3

Pedagogy Courses: 36 Hours

ECE 216 Introduction to Special Education in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 270 Observation and Assessment 3
ECE 280 Approaches to Curriculum and Methods 3
ECE 320 Health, Safety, and Nutrition for Young Children 3
ED 371 P-5 Children’s Literature 3
IEC 360 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Early Childhood Education 3
IEC 384 Interactive and Assistive Technologies 3
IEC 385 Infant and Toddler Methodology 3
IEC 440 Positive Behavior Supports 3
IEC 460 Working with Families in Early Intervention 3
IEC 470 Advanced Assessment in IECE 3

Choose one course from this list: 3 Hours
IEC 382 Arts & Humanities Methodology 3
IEC 400 Current Issues in the Early Childhood Profession 3
(must be taken as Global Perspectives in ECE)

Clinical Practice in Montessori: 6 Hours

IEC 498 Montessori Practicum/Seminars 3
IEC 499 Montessori Practicum/Seminars II 3

Montessori Area Foundation and Pedagogy Courses: 18 Hours

IEC 325 Foundations of Montessori Education 3
IEC 326 Practical Life/Culture Methodology 3
IEC 327 Sensorial Methodology 3
IEC 328 Language/Literacy Methodology 3
IEC 329 Math Methodology 3
IEC 450 Classroom Leadership – Montessori 3

Approved Elective: 3 Hours

Choose one course from this list:
IEC 382 Arts and Humanities Methodology 3
IEC 400 Current Issues in ECE 3
IEC 410 Special Investigations in ECE 3
IEC 416 Special Education Procedures & Strategies in IECE 3
IEC 420 Teaching Kindergarten 3
IEC 475 Organization and Administration of Early Childhood Programs 3

Courses Offered at:
  • Campbellsville
  • Elizabethtown
  • Harrodsburg
  • Louisville
  • Owensboro
  • Somerset