Introduction to Child Development (ICD) Course

Introduction to Child Development (ICD) Course
What am I going to learn in Introduction to Child Development (ICD) Course?
• This course is an intro-level course, designed for those who do not have a strong
background in Child Development. Many students coming into Seton Montessori
Institute’s programs have come from different backgrounds and have not taken a Child
Development course in recent years, if ever. Through participating in this course you
will learn about child development from conception through early adolescence,
providing the strong foundation for your Montessori certification program and internship
experiences. The major theme of the course will be the "whole child." The course has
also been designed to introduce online learning to all students in the first week to help
you feel more comfortable with digital learning
How will I take this course?
• Introduction to Child Development will be delivered in
an online format. The ICD course is one that has a
majority of its work completed online. The course will
begin and end with an online video teleconference
for all class participants. All of the course design
integrates Montessori principles.
• Students are required to purchase the magazine
format textbook CDEV by Rathus
I thought Montessori teacher education programs
could not be done well online?
This answer is twofold:
• Introduction to Child Development is not an online
course, but a hybrid course. We will be meeting two to
three times over our six weeks to complete classroom activities.
• As a well respected, MACTE Accredited and AMS Affiliated program, Seton
Montessori Institute strives to provide the optimal learning experience for each of our
students. There are some aspects of Montessori certification coursework that will never
translate into the digital environment. For this reason our certification program’s
coursework, including all core curriculum areas of instruction, remain in the face-to-face
learning environment. As an example, Introduction to Child Development is more theory
based and suited for a hybrid course, while Practical Life or Math would never properly
translate to the online environment.
What will I be doing in Introduction to Child Development?
• There are several components to the course. Since it is on the web, much of the
“classroom discussion” takes place through journals and discussion boards. There will
be one writing assignment and one non-writing assignment. The program has been
thoughtfully prepared to be an appropriate pace for our students, and to provide a
strong foundation for your Montessori Certification Program studies.
How often will I need to log in?
• The course is asynchronous, meaning that each person logs on at their own time, and
you typically do not need to log in at the same time as all the other students each week.
There will be some students who are able to complete their work only needing to long
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in once a week while others will need to log in three to five times in order to be
successful. It depends on the type of learner you are, how much time you take to
complete the various assignments, and whether you learn best from doing your work in
one longer session or in several shorter sessions.
When will my work be due?
• You will have one to two due dates per week, but you can always turn your work in
earlier. Your work is due at 11:59 pm of your time zone.
Course Fee: $350 (CDEV book purchase is responsibility of the student and an estimated
additional cost of $55).
About our Instructors
Our instructors are all members of the Seton Montessori Institute faculty who hold graduate
degrees in Education and have had extensive coursework and research on Child Development
and related topics.
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