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Montessori Education Course Adjunct Instructor

Montessori Education Course Adjunct Instructor


Course: Montessori Philosophy & Educational Theory; Montessori Everyday Living/Art; Montessori Sensorial/Music; Montessori Mathematics, Montessori Language, or Montessori Natural and Social Sciences

Hours: 3 credits each course; 42 academic hours plus final per course (one semester)


●   A Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university or its equivalent

●   Montessori Credential (AMS, AMI or MACTE accredited) in Montessori Early Childhood

●   At least three years teaching experience following completion of the Montessori early childhood credential at the early childhood level

●   Evidence of continuing professional growth (30 hours in the three previous years)

●   Current AMS membership

●   Preferred at least five (5) years adult teaching experience or participation in a mentoring program, or completion of an adult education program


●   Update/revise course syllabus each semester

●   Keep course objectives aligned with MACTE competencies and AMS requirements

●   Submit revised course syllabus to the Graduate, the School of Continuing Education and Professional Studies offices and the Program Director prior to each semester

●   Prepare the teaching environment and maintain it throughout the course.

●   Copy all needed course handouts and/or post on Canvas

●   Check all adult learners for the courses listed on the portal. Report any discrepancies to the Program Director and Registrar’s Office

●   Make accessible to all adult learners, knowledge of Montessori Philosophy, theory, methodology, parent and community involvement, observation, and classroom management techniques associated with their individual curriculum area of expertise

●   Foster adult learners’ self-esteem, motivation, and sense of community

●   Employ up-to-date and pertinent research-based findings in the early childhood field, especially related to the age level of the courses taught.

●   Model and teach respect for individual learning styles and cultural diversity

●   Establish a cooperative relationship among the adult learners

●   Plan and guide the learning process so that adult learners achieve the program objectives

●   Use a variety of assessment methods to measure adult learner achievement

●   Return graded assignments in a timely fashion

●   Be available by e-mail, or phone to offer support and answer questions throughout the course

●   Be willing to address complaints, criticisms and grievances with individual adult learners and groups of adult learners who need clarification and/or rectification of their issues

Student Supervision/Evaluation

●   Maintain attendance records

●   Supervise practice sessions where applicable

●   Evaluate each learner’s assignments and projects using rubrics for each. Complete rubrics and give a copy to the adult learner and the Program Director. Keep a copy for at least three semesters.

●   Schedule and conduct individual adult learner’s performance exams the end of each semester.

●   Submit all student records to the Program Director at the end of the semester (class attendance, grade summary, rubrics. Practice time log)

Note: Discuss with the Program Director the progress of thee course and the progress of each student. Alert the Program Director early on if an adult learner’s grades or attendance are falling below a B- average.

Course Evaluation

●   Conduct an informal course evaluation mid semester to determine if course objectives are being met

●   Distribute CHC faculty written evaluation forms at the end of each semester. Collect the evaluation forms, maintaining privacy, and give them to the Program Director

Program Responsibilities


●   Attend Montessori faculty meetings

●   Participate in program sponsored events: Annual Speaker Event, Information Sessions, Intern Orientation Intern Presentations

●   Maintain AMS membership

●   Pursue professional development activities, 30 hours in three years. After teaching three consecutive semesters at Chestnut Hill College, an adjunct faculty member may take one course tuition free.


●   Participate in the Self-Evaluation Process: Meet with the director to review the interns’ evaluations, assess strengths and areas needing improvement. Set goals based on evaluation.

●   Participate in the Program Evaluation Process: Meet with faculty and the Program Director to assess total program needs and set program goals and objectives


●   Assist in the budgeting process by submitting a list of all materials, supplies and equipment that will be required for teaching each course.

●   Meet with the faculty and Program Director to determine budget priorities as they relate to program goals.


●   Submit (upon initial hiring) an official transcript of the highest degree earned and copy of the Montessori Credential(s) earned

●   Sign and return a Adjunct Contract in a timely fashion each semester

●   Become familiar with the Chestnut Hill Mission Statement

●   Maintain high standards of teaching and personal scholarship

●   Observe the academic calendar by conducting scheduled classes

●   Be available for conferences with adult learners

●   Cooperate with regulations issued by administrative offices for the efficient academic operations of the College

●   Submit grades on the designated dates as found on the CHC academic calendar

●   Keep records of adult learners for a minimum of three semesters after completion of a course.

●   Notify the Registrar prior to any change of classroom location and changes in class roster

●   Arrange for coverage of content/assignments of any cancelled classes due to College closings

Contact Information: 

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume to  No phone calls please.

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