Transforming education at St Nicholas Montessori

Interview with B.Ed (Hons) in Montessori Education, Programme Director Siobhan O’Reilly 

Nestled in the beautiful seaside town of Dun Laoghaire is St Nicholas Montessori College, a teacher-training college specialising in Montessori Philosophy and Methodology. 

For the past 50 years, St Nicholas Montessori Society has been training and equipping Montessori professionals in Ireland. So how is St Nicholas Montessori College transforming education across the country through the first B.Ed in Montessori Education in Ireland.

Why a B.Ed?

When QQI made the B.Ed award stem available to colleges of Higher Education, we saw this as a critical opportunity to have our graduates recognised for their professional contribution to education in Ireland. 

The B.Ed award stem speaks to the College’s mission, values and reputation as the Centre of Excellence in Montessori Education in Ireland. 

Why choose this programme?  

Dr Montessori’s philosophy and method of education has been highly respected in Ireland for the past century. 

This programme is unique because it covers all aspects of Montessori philosophy and pedagogy for children aged from birth to twelve years of age, while also covering all of the core modules common to early years’ degrees. 

How do I apply?

You can apply through the CAO for both the B. Ed Montessori Education (Level 7) and a B.Ed. (Hons) Montessori Education (Level 8). 

– Level 7 requires O6/H5 in five subjects including Maths and English

– Level 8 requires H5 or above in two higher level subjects plus a minimum of four O6 subjects including Maths and English 

Direct entry through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is also available for those with previous degrees and certifications. 

What are the Career paths for graduates? 

– Teachers/Owners/Managers of Montessori and Early Years settings

– Teachers in Montessori Primary Schools

– Managers/Administrators/Inspectors in Community, City and County Childcare Committees 

When is your next Open Days?

– 10 October 2020, 10am-1pm

– 6 February 2021, 10am-1pm

Final thoughts?

St Nicholas Montessori Society Ireland is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year; a testament to the growing demands for Montessori education not only in Ireland but abroad. 

Our excellent programmes of education open many opportunities for our graduates as reported in our most recent graduate survey showing an employment rate of 100%. 

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