Applying – Infant & Toddler



Course Schedule (2017-2018)


The 2017-2018 Course of Study will begin on Monday, June 26th, 2017 and will be completed in June 2018. 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 (2017)

The summer academic phase will begin with three weeks of instruction on the campus of Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, beginning on Monday, June 26th, 2017, and ending Friday, July 14th. 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): June 26th – July 14st, 2017



Phase 2: Seminar Phase: Fall and Spring Weekend Seminars

There will be two 3-day seminars during the year as follows: November 3rd – 5th, 2017 and June 1st – 3rd, 2018. 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, 2018.

Weekend Seminars

The academic phase also includes two weekend seminars, during the fall and spring. The seminars will be held at a location to be determined either in the Boston area or on the North Shore. These seminars will be a time for the continuation of academic course work and material reviews, as well as a time to reconnect with instructors and fellow participants. Lodging for the seminars is not available through the Institute and is the responsibility of the Adult Learner.

Please note that dates are tentative and subject to change.

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, June 23rd – Sunday, July 25th, 2017
* Though unusual, academic course dates are subject to unanticipated change.