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UC Irvine Extension adds courses following Montessori accreditation

The nine-month program will allow students to graduate with accredited Montessori Teacher Education Program degrees

by Mackenna WaterhousePublished: August 27, 2012 02:35 PM

University of California, Irvine Extension will add three new courses this fall after receiving accreditation for its University Montessori Teacher Education Program through the American Montessori Society (AMS) and Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE).

The nine-month program will include five courses, starting with the three – Montessori Philosophy and Pedagogy, Preventative Health for Early Childhood Education and Montessori Practicum – in the fall quarter.

“The new AMS/MACTE accreditation is a significant development and adds to the credibility of this program,” said Cheryll Ruszat, creator of the program and executive director of the Montessori Schools of Irvine. “Our graduates walk away with not only a transcript from a highly acclaimed university, but they also have an AMS/MACTE Montessori certificate as well which make them immediately sought-after by schools nationally and internationally.”

It’s the only program in Orange County that provides early childhood education credits from UC Irvine and is accepted by the State of California Community Care Licensing for all early childhood programs.

The University of California Board of Regents recently established a new school of education at UCI. The campus has had one of the largest and most successful teacher-education programs in the U.C. system for years.  

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