"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 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 year of the practicum is designed to provide
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.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 or a minimum of 540 clock hours in a mixed age group
The internship must occur in a VCMS approved
school under the direction of an approved Montessori-certified
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.