Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy

Birth to Seven (Early Years Educator) Level 3 or Level 4.

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1-2 Years Part-Time

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September and April start dates


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What you will study.

Your studies will cover the Montessori Philosophy, all the curriculum areas studied in the Early Years classroom, and a range of Child Development theory. You will develop the knowledge and skills to become a confident practitioner. The course combines 13 units of study with 400 hours of practical experience working with children on Professional Placement.

Download the full qualification specification: Level 3  |  Level 4

Your course includes an Apparatus Workshop. These workshops are a unique opportunity to gain the essential hands-on, practical experience with the Montessori materials. You will be guided by experienced Montessori trainers in the use and application of the materials across all areas of the Montessori curriculum.

We offer a range of workshop locations and dates across the UK and internationally.

You will share the rich experience of a 400-hour professional placement in an approved Montessori setting, supervised by an experienced Mentor and supported by an MCI academic tutor. Here you will be able to observe Montessori practice modelled by experienced practitioners and learn from the best teachers – the children themselves.

You can find a map of current approved placement settings here.

We will talk this through with you at your interview.

Students’ understanding of each module is assessed through a variety of tasks including written assignments, presentations, a practical assessment  and a portfolio.

Why choose the Diploma?

Flexible study options

Complete within 2 years part-time, choose from a range of face-to-face UK and international workshops.

Awarded by Cache & Crossfields Institute

This course offers you a nationally recognised Early Years Educator qualification.

Connected learning

Blended learning combines face-to-face and online study, allowing you the greatest combination of flexibility and collaboration.


Where you’ll study.

Our innovative Connected Learning approach combines online and classroom study. You will interact with our international community through live webinars, collaborative group work and discussion forum. You will also benefit from classroom study, learning how to work with the Montessori materials through hands-on engagement. Whilst on placement in an approved Montessori setting you will be working with children, bringing the Montessori philosophy to life.

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Flexible finance options.

Finance options, including flexible instalments, can be discussed at your interview. You may also be eligible to apply for a Birts Bursary that could cover a proportion of the course fee.

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What are my options after I graduate?

Montessori education is international and recognised around the world. Our graduates have the skills and knowledge needed by the Montessori community. You can also continue your studies with a Level 5 or Level 6 qualification.

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Become a Key person or Room Leader in a Montessori setting

With the practical experience you gain on this course, you'll be ready for employment in any Early Years setting.

Become an owner of a Montessori setting in the UK or abroad

Your qualification will open doors for you to not only work in a setting, but to open your own.

Continue your Professional Development

You can continue studying, using this qualification as a stepping stone to a degree in Montessori Early Childhood Practice.

Work in the wider field of Education or Childcare

Use the knowledge you have gained and your passion for child development to explore roles such as Childminder, Nanny, Play Therapist or Educational Psychologist.

Your questions answered.

Connected Learning describes how you study with us. We connect you with great tutors, both online and face-to-face. We provide a wealth of resources to help your studies, and we connect you to each other – building a community of inspired Montessori educators.

Montessori education is international in its nature and many of our MCI graduates are successfully working around the world.

Please check specific national requirements for working with children to establish if you need additional qualifications to work in your current or intended country of location.

Yes! You can apply for the Level 3 course if you have at least 3 GCSE’s or equivalent, which should include Maths and English.

Yes you can. You will need to pay your first instalment at the start of the course, the second instalment 3 months later, and the final/third instalment is required 3 months after that.

Most students complete the course between 18-24 months. There are 40 weeks of study in the first year of the course, your placement hours are variable which can allow for some flexibility on completion time.

Yes you can. You will study online and travel to attend a practical workshop in one of our approved locations. We will support you in finding an approved Montessori setting for your professional placement, and will discuss this further during with you.

How the application process works.

Enquiry received

Our Admissions Team will contact you via email to arrange a call to discuss your options and answer any questions you might have.

Call with our team

The Admissions Team will speak with you, and go through the finer details of your study options, walking you through the application process.

Application pack

The Admissions Team will send you an application pack for you to complete and return to us.

Your interview

Once we receive your application, we'll set up an interview for you with a member of our academic team.

Receive your offer

After your interview, we will extend an offer to you to study with us!

Course starts

You will be enrolled onto our Virtual Learning Environment, and are on your way to becoming a Montessori Practitioner.