"The work of education is divided between the teacher and the environment."
The function of the internship is to provide a supervised
teaching and learning experience for the adult learner. It is a
period of observation, internalization and further study to bring
together the theory and practice of Montessori education. The
internship/student teaching experience follows the summer academic phase
of the training program and will cover two full academic school years in
the classroom of a VCMS approved and supported by a Montessori-certified
supervising teacher. The second academic school year of the
practicum provides additional support and mentorship as the adult
learner integrates the academic knowledge with practical class
experience. The practicum is scheduled for a five-day week for a
minimum of four hours per day in a mixed age group (2 Ĺ - 6 year-old) of
children for nine consecutive months. The practicum minimum for
adult learners who elect for fulfill all academic assignments in one
school year will be for a five-day week of four hours a day for nine
consecutive months or a minimum of 540 clock hours in a mixed age group
of children. The internship must occur in a VCMS approved school
under the direction of an approved Montessori-certified supervising
teacher. The practicum must begin by the end of the first academic
summer session unless VCMS grants permission to complete the student
teaching in the second school year of the program cycle.
Adult learners may begin the practicum / internship period
Full attendance and participation in all academic sessions
(including intensive summer phase prior to the first year of student
Satisfactory completion of all assignments required during
summer academic phase
All financial obligations and enrollment documents must be
PRACTICUM SITE SCHOOL STANDARDS
The school must be an AMS member school
unless a request showing sufficient cause for an exception is made to
and granted by VCMS. A non-AMS member school must meet AMS school
standards. The school must meet all local and state licensing
requirements. The school must have a written non-discrimination
policy for children and staff. The school will provide a
supervising teacher (unless the adult learner is doing a self-directed
practicum) and a classroom with the full complement of Montessori
As a student teacher, the adult learner has
three options for fulfilling the practicum requirements.The adult leaner may be employed by a school as an assistant, or
may need to be in a non-paid internship position or have a self-directed
Experienced adult learners who meet the required
qualifications may be permitted to do a self-directed internship when a
qualified supervising teacher is not available.VCMS will determine if the intern has the maturity and skills
necessary to successfully fulfill the self-directed internship
requirements and direct a Montessori class.
VCMS reserves the right to assign additional
internship hours if deemed necessary to ensure the adult learnerís
success as a Montessori teacher.
Internswho areemployedbyaschoolmustacceptandfulfillthatschoolísemploymentresponsibilities. The school is to provide a
written job description
and an employment contract/agreement
acceptable to the school and
the intern. The school agrees to
provide the necessary timeoff to participate in the VCMSseminarsandtodooutsideobservations.
sponsoredinternshipoccurswhenaschoolagreestopayallorpartofaninternísVCMStuition ormakesatuitionloantotheadult learner.
Inexchange, the adult learner agrees to teach at the school for a
about the adult learnerís progress when requested by the
head of school or at the VCMS directorís discretion.