Learn the art of Montessori education from leading experts in the field.  This international early childhood Montessori Diploma programme is accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE), USA. The certificate you will be issued at the end of the course can get you a well-paying job in Nigeria, Dubai, UK, US, and Canada.

During the course, you will be trained by veteran Montessori educators and undergo robust training on Montessori philosophy, curriculum subjects, special needs education, and child protection. You will also learn about Montessori leadership, and you will carry out your practicum at Greensprings School, one of the best Montessori schools in Nigeria.

NEXT COHORT: September 2024

Why you should attend the programme:

Adult Learners are trained by seasoned Faculty at GMC to become an Early Childhood Montessori educator/teacher

Get trained on the latest childhood educational philosophy, practice and research development

Capacity development to become more marketable as an international Montessori teacher (expert)

Learning about starting up and equipping a Montessori School

Opportunity to do practicum at one of the best Montessori schools in Nigeria – Greensprings School.

Access to professional support in your Montessori journey after the program.


Full-time Early Childhood Montessori Diploma (8 months)

Option 1 :

September - May; Lectures are held weekly on Tuesdays & Thursdays

Option 2 :

January - August; Lectures are held weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays

Part-time Early Childhood Montessori Diploma (11 months)

September - July: Lectures are held weekly on Saturdays only

The Greensprings Early Childhood Montessori Diploma has been a fun-filled experience for me, and I can confidently say that this is one of the best decisions I have made in my professional career. The Practicum aspect of the programme has provided me with the opportunity to work with the Montessori materials and the children on site. The training has also made me learn to be more patient with my children, to develop a good relationship with colleagues, my employer and the parents of my children. I also learnt about my responsibilities and the right attitude as a professional teacher. My deep appreciation goes to our facilitators, Mr. Ogunkanmbi and Mr. Uwagboe for the robust curriculum contents and the efforts to deliver seamless learning despite the lockdown.

Ojeh-Ozigbe Doris, GMC 2020 Set

What you’ll learn

The syllabus for Early Childhood Montessori Diploma at GMC comprises theoretical subjects and curriculum subjects.

Montessori Theoretical subjects

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In this course, the biography of Maria Montessori- a historical perspective will be treated.

The component will give the adult learners strong foundation in Montessori key concepts - absorbent mind, sensitive periods, normalization and the importance of meaningful work, the balance of freedom and discipline, the spiritual and moral development of the child.

It will also focus on the role of the Montessori guide and the spiritual preparation of the teacher in addition to the practical application of Montessori theory to every day classroom experiences with an emphasis on the interrelationship of the child-adult-environment.

Theories of development and their relationship to Montessori’s developmental theories and practices will be studied in great details. Candidates will learn about the various stages of development and developmental milestones with an emphasis on ages 2 ½ - 6.

Areas of child development including; physical development, cognitive, personality, social, and emotional development – developmental and behavioral norms and recommendations for early intervention services will be covered.

This course will include lecture and documented observation practice. Candidates will learn and appreciate the role of observation as the foundation of the Montessori approach.

Other component of the course includes techniques for observation and assessment strategies and methods, understanding of self as an observer and the effect of personal biases in the observation process, and application of observation techniques in the classroom, including the process of analyzing observations notes and utilizing findings to meet needs of children.

This component focuses on promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion.

Students will be exposed to early opportunities policies, procedures, activities and resources; challenging discriminatory attitudes and formation of identity in early childhood.

By the end of this course, students should be able to define health, be aware of the factors that affect a child’s health and the effect of ill health.

The needs of the child will be covered and how to encourage him/her to take responsibility for his own needs.

Adult learners will understand maintaining a routine in a safe, suitable environment and at the principles of illness prevention in a young child.

Also to be taught are the nutritional requirements and a balanced diet and awareness of social, religious and cultural influences on nutrition.

Adult learners will understand that Child protection (sometimes "child welfare") refers to the protection of children from violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect. Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which provides for the protection of children in and out of the home will be studied.

In addition, they will learn the set of laws, policies, regulations and services needed across all social sectors – especially social welfare, education, health, security and justice – to support prevention and response to protection-related risks.

The component will expose learners to the importance of having some knowledge of the common disorders and medical conditions that affect young children.

The various kinds of special needs- temporary, transient and permanent will be treated; so also common disorders like - cerebral palsy, hearing deficits, autism, downs syndrome, etc.

Montessori’s emphasis on the child as the key to the transformation of society is a major focus of this course.

Adult learners will be trained on how to creating a peaceful classroom community including; reflective practices for children, activities for developing emotional intelligence and developing respect for self and others, teaching problem solving and conflict resolution.

Reflective and renewal practices for teachers leading to personal growth through self-evaluation and introspection will be covered in great detail.

This component will expose candidates to environmental design, scheduling and curriculum planning, individual and group lesson strategies, evaluation of children, tracking development in all domains, record keeping, and planning to meet individual needs of children, techniques for positive discipline and problem solving in implementing effective classroom strategies and understanding cultural sensitivity in working with both students and parents.

Other knowledge areas to be covered are treating parent partnerships including: parent communication, conferences, volunteers, and parent education; professionalism; administration including: childcare licensing, starting a school, legal structures of schools, budget and financing, and the role of consultation and accreditation.

Montessori Curriculum subjects

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The practical life activities are focused around preliminary activities and movement, care of self, care of environment and social skills/grace and courtesy, helping the child to develop particular lifelong skills (for example, zipping or tying, pouring or cutting, greeting a visitor), together with the enhancement of coordination, concentration, understanding of order and sequence, and self-confidence.

The materials in the practical life area are familiar to the child as they are real utensils, child-size that one would find in the average household kitchen.

These materials provide the child with the means to care for him/her and for the environment; and for the development of concentration, independence and intelligence.

Sensorial materials help the child to refine her/his five senses – visual, auditory, gustatory, olfactory, and tactile, as well as her/his stereognostic ability.

The child learns to discriminate, order and classify sensory impressions in relation to size, shape, and color (working with, for example, the pink tower, cylinder blocks, colour tablets); sound (sound cylinder, Montessori bell), taste, texture(sand paper material, fabric matching),and smell.

All sensorial materials have an in-built control of error. This control of error allows the child to self-correct his/her work and therefore continues to support the child’s desire for independence as he/she continues on the path towards self-contractions.

Language materials consist, first and foremost, of the spoken words of teachers and other adults in the classroom, including the reading aloud of appropriate stories, poems, non-fictional writings, and careful use of precise nomenclature when presenting Montessori and other materials.

Reading readiness/accomplishment is continuously assessed and appropriate presentations necessary for complete mastery of reading skills are made.

The reading child is also introduced to basic grammar. Language exercises include inset for design, large movable alphabet, pink series, blue 0series, green series, grammar, etc.

The Montessori materials in Pre-school are designed to allow the child an opportunity to exercise his/her mathematical mind as a gateway to abstraction.

Through sensorial experiences and indirect preparation, the child measures, compares and analyzes.

These skills assist him/her in discriminating size and quantity.

The Montessori math materials enable the child to work with numbers beyond ten without difficulty because the child finds that no hierarchy contains more than nine of its kind.

Therefore, knowledge of one through ten is sufficient once the child has learned the language: hundred, thousand, etc.

The concept of quantity, symbol (number) recognition, counting, the hierarchical properties of the decimal system, impressions of squaring and cubing, operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division and fractions – are developed through extensive work with concrete materials.

Maria Montessori designed the curriculum of the cultural subjects as an interdisciplinary study of the life of man on earth throughout time and in all geographic regions.

It includes the study of geography, history, music, art, botany, zoology, language and mathematics. It encompasses all cultural subjects as part of a meaningful whole.

In the Arts course, there will be an overview of the value of teaching the arts and crafts for the development of creative expression, cultural appreciation, and the connection of the study of the arts to intellectual development.

Through Visual Arts, candidates will learn how to prepare an art area of the classroom and presentation of art activities to build basic skills as well as exploration of various art media; presentation of art history and art appreciation.

The Diploma is awarded to learners who have successfully completed the course which comprises college lectures, assessed written course work, oral assessment, final written and practical examinations and 400 hours of assessed teaching practice in a reputable Montessori school.

Music will cover presentation of rhythmic skills, singing, recognizing and playing various instruments, simple notation, and an introduction to an appreciation of music styles, composers, and their work.

In the Movement aspect, students will learn presentation of activities to develop body awareness, coordination, and grace through games and line activities; introduction to various styles of dance and dance traditions of other cultures.

The Drama aspect of the course will prepare candidates on techniques to train children to develop interest in stage plays as they grow in confidence and self-esteem to face the audience.

This will also promote their literacy skills.

I learnt so much and my academic knowledge about childhood education has improved. I enjoyed the Practicum experience at the Anthony campus Pre-school section. I was able to go back to my school with a wealth of experience and knowledge to discharge my duties more professionally as the Administrator. GMC, you are the best!



Learn form leading Montessori professionals

Mr Kayode Uwagboe, Program Director & Field supervisor

B.A. Philosophy, International Diploma Early Childhood Teaching, Cambridge International Certificate in Educational Leadership

Akpaka Igho Tracey, Assistant Program Director & Field Supervisor

B.Sc Geography and Planning,
International Montessori Diploma

Temitope Olokunbola, Faculty & Field supervisor

Bachelor of Art in English

Mr. Daniel Odion, Consultant

BSc. Sociology, International Diploma in Modern Montessori International (London), Helen Doron Mathriders International, London, Diploma in Social Work

Mr. Thomas Muyiwa Alade, Guest Lecturer

Bachelors of Art in Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ondo Campus International Montessori Diploma, London Montessori Centre, UK

Adebimpe Ajibola, Guest Lecturer

BSc Sociology, International Montessori Diploma

Eichioma Awesu-Adegoke, Guest Lecturer

B.A. Combined (Hons.) English / Linguistics, International
Montessori Diploma

Course Fee: ₦1,335,000

How To Register

Step 1

Pay N975,000 using the account details below
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Greensprings Educational Services Ltd

Step 2

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Greensprings is accredited by Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE), USA.

Address: Greensprings Training College, 22 Oluseun Crescent, Off Olujobi Street, Gbagada Lagos


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