Berthold Academy’s Teacher Education Program allows adult learners to explore the dynamic changes that occur within children, during the ages of 3-15. The philosophy of Dr. Montessori explains the unique pediatric and psychological characteristics of children within specifically identified planes of development.  Whereas one plane may be a period of active growth, the next may be a period of assimilation.  The passage from growth to assimilation is not linear, but cyclical.  

The Berthold Academy program is a six-week program beginning June 26th and ending August 4th.  

Program Clock Hours:
145 Contact Hours

Class sessions are comprised of lectures and discussions, demonstrations, practice sessions and material making. Adult learners discover the process of learning and how to best facilitate this process in their own classroom environments.   Learners will get an extensive overview of personalization of curriculum using both objective and subjective data.   

The following is an overview of our curriculum:


Montessori Philosophy

  • Maria Montessori, the person

  • The nature of the elementary child

  • The role of imagination

  • Education to develop the full human potential

  • Developing critical thinking skills

  • Moral and ethical education

  • The role of the elementary Montessori teacher


Child Development/Educational Psychology

  • The developmental stages of childhood

  • The development of logic and moral reasoning

  • The continuing development of independence and "controls from within"

  • The role of  imagination and creativity

  • Theories of Development

Classroom Management

  • Creating effective environmental designs

  • Building a peaceful community

  • Developing organizational skills

  • Effective record-keeping

  • Communicating with parents

Practical Life Skills

  • Care of the class environment

  • Planning events and field trips

  • Conflict resolution and problem-solving skills

  • Culinary Arts

  • Sustainable living

  • Grace and coutesy

  • Time management

Language Arts

  • Advanced phonics

  • D'Nealian writing, cursive, and calligraphy

  • Word study

  • Grammar and sentence analysis

  • Elementary writing skills from creative writing to research

  • Formatting


  • Developing the "mathematical mind"

  • The role of the concrete materials

  • Memorization made easy

  • The passage to abstraction

  • Hands-on, real-life math applications

  • Fractions/Decimals/Percents

  • Elementary/Middle School geometry

  • Algebra



  • Developing a sense of the Earth's geology and biological prehistory through time-line studies

  • The evolution of our human ancestors

  • Bringing prehistory alive through concrete experiences


  • Studies of nations and regions of the world

  • The needs of human societies emphasizing our community

  • Building a global perspective through international studies Hands-on experimental science

  • Classroom pets and plants

  • Outdoor education (Pedagogy of Place)

  • Supporting the cultural curriculum with art

Curriculum Design

  • Planning lessons and activities to engage the learner

  • Curriculum integration

  • Material-making and curriculum development

  • Long-term planning

Classroom Culture

  • Parent/Teacher relational best practices

  • Conference etiquette.

  • Community building