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TMI course requirements include lecture attendance, lesson demonstrations, classroom observation, teaching practice, supervised practice sessions with materials, written assignments, illustrations of subject manuals, material making, seminars, written theory and methodology examinations and oral examinations.
As per MACTE requirements, it is necessary to have a minimum of 90% attendance in any scheduled activity to earn a diploma.
Each student must successfully receive a passing grade in all areas of the course in order to graduate. A student is graded and assessed overall by Coursework (25%), Teaching Practice Placements (25%), Written Examinations (25%) and Oral Examinations (25%). Grace and Courtesy is expected in all aspects of the programmes.
Attendance at 90% of scheduled lectures is compulsory. All absences longer than three consecutive days due to illness must be documented by a note from the student's doctor. Students who drop below the required attendance will discuss a plan to make up the missed time with their course coordinator. If the time is not made up then the student will be ineligible to graduate with their class.
Course work is divided into several areas including album preparation, essays, original presentations, class participation and material making.
During the course of study, students observe children in various Montessori or other educational environments. Scheduling of observation time at TMS School is the responsibility of the Institute. When observations are scheduled outside Toronto Montessori Schools, it is the student's responsibility to make any necessary arrangements. All attempts are made to accommodate students' needs.
Each student is required to successfully complete 9 weeks of teaching practice in a Montessori environment for the age group of the course in which he or she is enrolled in. The supervising mentor teacher and TMI staff will assess the student during practice teaching. The student is expected to provide his/her own transportation and/or accommodation for Observation and Teaching Practice. If a part-time student is unable to complete the Teaching Practice during training, he or she has one year following the completion of the in-class sessions to complete this requirement. A member of the TMI staff will arrange the teaching practice in accordance with the student's needs.
Practice with Materials
Practice with the Montessori materials is a required element of the course. TMI has a full complement of Montessori materials for all age levels available for students to use during their course of study. Students are encouraged to practice as much as possible beyond the compulsory scheduled hours. Practice with the materials is necessary to understand the Montessori methodology and to successfully apply it. Students may be asked to present lessons to the group during directed practical sessions.
The progress of each student is continually assessed. Students may make an appointment to speak with the appropriate staff member regarding feedback about their progress. Appointments will be arranged at specific intervals during the course.
Both written and oral examinations are conducted in each course. A passing grade of 55% is required.