The Lead teachers at Coastal Empire Montessori Charter School are trained in Montessori Philosophy and Pedagogy for the developmental level they teach. All of our teachers hold a four year undergraduate degree and are fully certified “highly qualified”, GA teachers. The lead faculty is trained in overlap curriculum to accommodate children at either end of the developmental curriculum.
Coastal Empire Montessori Teachers are trained Montessori professionals who have extensive knowledge of curriculum content and skills application. They are meticulous engineers of the classroom environment and most importantly are masters of observation. In this way the developmental needs of the individual child, cognitive, affective, and physical are addressed on a daily basis and throughout the three-year Montessori cycle
The teachers and support staff at Coastal Empire Montessori have all made the conscious decision to adopt a philosophy and pedagogy with a mission to “Follow the Child”. All faculty and staff must abide by Montessori Ethics and Conduct.
All staff participates in ongoing professional development through in-service training, attendance at Montessori and related conferences and symposia, membership in professional organizations and constant self- reflection and evaluation.
The qualities of, grace, courtesy and compassion are exemplified by all at Coastal Empire Montessori so that the adult may serve as a role model for the child.
Becoming a Montessori Professional
Montessori schools have proven successful all over the world with children from a variety of backgrounds and environments. For training information, see:
Training involves graduate-level studies and is often combined with Masters-level credit. The cost of training to be a Montessori teacher ranges from $7,000 - $15,000, depending on the program and age-level certification. A four-year undergraduate degree is required for admission to accredited training centers. Approximately 500-800 contact hours of lectures and methodology practicum take place during summer training sessions and throughout a two- to three-year course of study, followed by an apprenticeship in an approved classroom.
While training, each student teacher is required to construct materials, acquire observational skills and techniques, and complete assigned papers and readings. While training courses are both intensive and taxing, they lay a strong philosophical and pedagogical cornerstone for the new professional Montessorian and are a touchstone for personal development.
For individuals interested in pursuing a career in Montessori Education and employment at Coastal Empire Montessori, the following procedure is recommended:
- Research Montessori and become familiar with key concepts.
- Schedule an appointment to observe in the classrooms. Allow at least 2 hours.
- Schedule an appointment to meet with the Head of School.
- Meet with Montessori teachers in the field for discussion and reflection.
- Submit in writing your desire to join our Montessori community, providing a brief synopsis of your decision and goals.