Montessori Teaching – Combined QQI Level 6 Course

795.00 or 268.00 / month for 3 months

  • Awards Achieved: One QQI component certificate which will list: Early Learning Philosophy (6N1932), Early Learning Environment (6N1933), Early Childhood Literacy & Numeracy (6N1935) and Early Childhood Arts and Culture (6N1936).
  • NFQ Credit Value: 60 credits.
  • Format: Distance Learning course supported with fully qualified tutors & accredited by QQI.
  • Combined Course Fee: Special offer only: €795 or
  • Easy Payments of – €268.00 per month over 3 months with our unrivaled Easy Payment Plans. Enrol using your Debit / Credit Card or call us on (+353) 1 206 1828 to avail of this offer.
  • Students can complete this course within 32 weeks which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient.
  • Course fee includes all documentation, lecturing, supervised exams, learner registration and QQI certification fees. No other fees to pay.
  • Garda Vetting Provided at no extra cost.
  • Student work placement Insurance is covered at no extra cost.


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Course Description


This QQI Level 6 Combined Montessori Course is available to students who are interested in undertaking the Montessori modules listed below through our industry leading distance learning format.

The Montessori parts of the course will train you to educate children in a way that gives them the best possible foundation for life.

“Maria Montessori’s goal was to develop the whole personality of the child and her system is based on her strong belief in the spontaneous working of the human intellect. The main principle of Dr. Montessori’s method is that the child learns by himself from experiences within the classroom. The role of the teacher is to prepare the classroom so as to maximise the benefits of the experiences within it”.

You will learn how to respond appropriately to the care and educational needs of children of different ages, stages, interests and abilities, taking account of diversity and promoting equality and inclusion.

The learner will be provided with detailed tutoring that embraces the themes of the philosophy of Maria Montessori.


Included in this specially combined QQI Level 6 Montessori course are:


  1. QQI Early Learning Philosophy (Montessori Method) (6N1932)*
  2. QQI Early Learning Environment (Montessori Practical Life and Sensorial) (6N1933)
  3. QQI Early Childhood Literacy & Numeracy (Montessori Maths & Language) (6N1935) 
  4. QQI Early Childhood Arts and Culture (Montessori Culture) (6N1936)


Learners should consider this course if they have already completed:

  1. A a full ECCE Level 5 Major,
  2. A full ECCE Level 6 Major Award or
  3. A full ECCE Level 8 which these modules would be considered as CPD.


Course documentation for this course is detailed, comprehensive and easy to read. This distance learning QQI accredited course means that students can study flexibly at home, or at work, while gaining an Internationally Recognised Qualification.

Students receive a comprehensive Course Manuals, Assignments, Efficient Studyguide, and unlimited one-to-one Tutor Support for the course duration.

Course Details


General Aims:

  • covers in depth the six main Montessori disciplines:Theory & Practice, Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics and Culture.
  • equip learners with a sound understanding of child development theory and observation methodologies which will enable the learners to apply this knowledge in work practice through observing, recording and making recommendations relating to children’s holistic development.
  • equip learners with a knowledge of a wide range of educational theorists and philosophies and with an in-depth knowledge of Montessori Philosophy and Methods.
  • familiarise learners with a variety of curriculum materials including knowledge of the purpose of a broad range of Montessori materials and to equip them with the skills to support children’s learning in an ECCE setting.
  • ensure learners can plan, implement and evaluate a Montessori programme and environment suitable for a child in an ECCE setting, with reference to the Aistear framework and Siolta principles.
  • promote in learners the ability to nurture the holistic development and well-being of the child while valuing diversity and fostering equality and inclusion.



Topics covered across the four QQI modules include: 

  • Preschool Philosophies – Influential Theorists
  • Preschool Philosophies – How are Philosophies Created
  • Concepts of Early Childhood Education
  • Introduction to Theories of Learning
  • Sensitive Periods
  • The Absorbent Mind
  • Behavioural Management
  • Learning through Play
  • The Prepared Environment – Key Principles of the Prepared Environment
  • The Prepared Environment and Role of the Teacher
  • Movement and Co-Ordination
  • Montessori Exercises
  • Curriculum and Observations
  • Aistear and Síolta
  • Development Theories History and Theory of Language
  • Written and Oral Language
  • Reading
  • Language and Creativity
  • Language Exercises
  • Introduction to Numeracy
  • The Mathematical Groups
  • Mathematical Exercises
  • Cultural Influence on Child Development
  • Cultural Adaption 
  • Cultural Diversity Cultural Curriculum
  • History
  • Science
  • Art
  • Geography
  • Cultural Exercises
  • Movement and Music.



Who should complete this course?

  • People who wish to pursue a career as a Montessori Teacher (3-6 Years) or Montessori Teacher (3-6 Years) – ECCE Setting.
  • A student who is qualified to Level 8 ECCE, as this course would be a CPD course that would enhance the qualification and could become a Montessori Teacher.



Entry Requirements / Prerequisites:

  • Level 5 Major Award or equivalent in a relevant subject area (Childcare) and/or relevant practical experience (3 years minimum) – Please ask about our requirements surrounding Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for entry.

  • Level 8 ECCE Award as this course would be a CPD course for learners to enhance their qualification and become a Montessori Teacher in addition to having their level 8 qualification.
  • Students must currently be working (or on work experience) in the Childcare sector for a minimum of 6 hours per week (120 hours), in a Montessori Environment throughout the course, as assignments will require learners to draw upon practical experience using Montessori Philosophies and Montessori Materials.

  • English Language Requirement: Students entering programmes leading to awards at Level 6 are expected to be able to: fluently read, draft, prepare and understand complex information, including quantitative information, that is personally relevant and reflecting a broad knowledge base. For example, this might include text and other information relating to abstract theoretical ideas, concerns or procedures, such as local planning concerns in relation to broader spatial strategy, political issues in relation to particular agenda, budget plans/ specifications.

  • Garda Vetting is required for all Childcare placements and students can apply for this through The Open College. Please ask for details.

  • Certain assessments require completion of work, which must be observed and evaluated by a Supervisor or Line manager.

  • Learners undertaking this programme must have basic IT skills and access to the necessary equipment to enable them to undertake an online programme: computer, broadband, email, Microsoft, recording equipment necessary for some skills demonstration tasks, and where applicable any other specialised software/equipment. 

  • As this programme is delivered through distance learning or eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.

  • Students taking the Early Learning Philosophy (Montessori Method) (6N1932)* module will have to sit an online theory examination that is normally held after the completion of the 8 module and other assessments.
  • For more details on participation suitability of this course click here»



Progression to further Studies:




A combination of module appropriate assessment procedures will facilitate the assessment of learning outcomes of the course.  These methods will include a combination of final written examinations and continuous assessment processes such as assignments, collection of work, learner records, projects and skills demonstration. All assignments will be designed to maximise the individual participant’s skills in their career development. All work submitted must be your own work.


Please see each QQI componet award for further details:

  1. QQI Early Learning Philosophy (Montessori Method) (6N1932)*
  2. QQI Early Learning Environment (Montessori Practical Life and Sensorial) (6N1933)
  3. QQI Early Childhood Literacy & Numeracy (Montessori Maths & Language) (6N1935) 
  4. QQI Early Childhood Arts and Culture (Montessori Culture) (6N1936).



Pass 50 – 64%
Merit 65 – 79%
Distinction 80 – 10




  • Following successful completion you will receive one certificate which lists all 4 QQI components certificates: Early Learning Philosophy (6N1932), Early Learning Environment (6N1933), Early Childhood Literacy & Numeracy (6N1935) and Early Childhood Arts and Culture (6N1936).
  • QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) is the national awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. The Open College is registered with QQI to offer programmes leading to QQI awards in the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland. Click here for details of the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Click here for more detailed Accreditation information.

QQI Distance Learning Courses

Delivery Format


This QQI Montessori Teaching Combined course is completed through Distance Learning and there are no lectures to attend.

Students can complete this course within 32 weeks which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.



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