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Glossary of Terms
Child-directed work – child selects and initiates their own activities from the prepared environment of the classroom
Montessori credentialed teacher – teacher having a Montessori credential from an MIA approved program that includes completion of practicum
Prepared Montessori environment – use of Montessori materials (Essential Montessori Materials)
Uninterrupted work period – a classroom work period of at least 2.5 hours
Core Montessori Components – Montessori credentialed teacher, prepared environment, multi-age classroom, child-directed work, and uninterrupted work periods
Process of Initiate Level
An Initiate Level School is a school that is currently working toward – or is striving toward having – a Montessori classroom that incorporates all of the Core Montessori Components (see Glossary).
Progressing through the Steps of Initiate School Member level to achieve a qualified Montessori classroom may take as long as 5 years for some schools. Other schools may complete the process in less time.
Schools may work through the process of achieving a qualified Montessori classroom in different ways. The following is an example of how the
process may be accomplished:
Step 1 School applies for MIA School Membership using the MIA Initiate School Membership form and agrees to follow MIA Code of Ethics. The school will formulate a plan for incorporating Core Montessori Components into the school’s program.
Step 2 On or before the end of year 3 of MIA membership, school will have in one classroom, a Montessori credentialed teacher and 100 % of essential Montessori materials. The school will continue to maintain a plan for incorporating the other 3 Core Components.
Step 3 On or before the end of year 4 of MIA membership, school will have incorporated multi-age group of children into the Montessori classroom. The school will continue to maintain a plan for incorporating the other 2 Core Components.
Step 4 On or before the end of year 5 of MIA membership, school will have incorporated child-directed work into the Montessori classroom. The school will continue to maintain a plan for incorporating the other Core Component.
Step 5 On or before the end of year 6 of MIA membership, school will have incorporated into the Montessori classroom an uninterrupted work period of at least 2.5 hours.
Step 6 Having successfully incorporated and continuing to maintain the specifications of Steps 1-5, the school may apply for Associate Level Membership.