Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Where do I purchase the course?

The course is hosted exclusively by Trillium Montessori. Please visit the Montessori Assistant Toolkit – Infant Toddler Edition page OR the Montessori Assistant Toolkit – Early Childhood Edition page on their site to purchase.

Who is this course for?

This course is specially designed for support personnel in a Montessori classroom setting. It is not a substitute for lead teacher training. Homeschoolers may find some aspects of this course helpful, but it is primarily for professionals.

How long does it take to complete the course?

The Montessori Assistants Toolkit course consists of 7 workshops that vary in length from about 45 minutes to almost two hours, for a total of 8.5 hours of content. We estimate an additional 5-6 hours to complete the accompanying exercises in the User Manual workbook. So total, it takes about 15 hours to complete the course.

We recommended taking 1 workshop per week as a way to deepen the learning and to be able to easily integrate it into people’s work schedules. Following this recommendation, it would take 7 weeks to complete the course, but only a few hours each week.

When does the course start and finish?

This is a self-paced course. Once you sign up, you can watch the videos and complete the suggested activities at your own pace. We recommend that you allow yourself at least one week per module.

How long do I have access to the course?

After enrolling or being enrolled, you have access to the course for a period of one year. The year states from the date of purchase or your enrollment and can be re-purchased for additional one-year periods.

Is this a live workshop?

No. This course consists of pre-recorded video lectures and recommended exercises. You may view the videos as many times as desired at your convenience for at least one year.

How much access do I have to the instructor? Can I ask her questions?

This course is not priced for private access to the instructor. However, Tammy Oesting will be available inside the private Facebook Group to answer questions and provide general support.

Is this a MACTE accredited course?

No. This is an on-demand online course and does not include the timed and in-person components required for MACTE accreditation.

Will I receive a Certificate of Attendance?

A certificate of attendance will be available to you once you finish the course. It will be a printable PDF certificate.

Can I receive continuing education hours/credit/units (clock hours) for taking the course?

If you wish to receive continuing education hours, you will need to contact the local licensing agency in your area. If you are counting on receiving continuing education credits, please consult with your licensing agency before purchasing. Each jurisdiction handles this differently, has different requirements, and uses different terminology. Below is a list of state agencies that may be able to help you determine if you can receive continuing education hours and how to do so. IMPORTANT: Some licensing agencies do NOT accept credits for online courses that are done on-demand. AGAIN, if you are counting on the credits being accepted, please consult with your licensing agency before purchasing.

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How do I register multiple people for the course?

Multiple registrations allows a group of people to access the course with their own logins and receive certificates of attendance. Once you purchase more than one course, we will contact you within 48 hours to get the registration information for the additional course participants. (We have to do this part manually, so please be patient). They can then login and view the videos as many times as desired at their convenience.

I am trying to create an account but it says my email is already taken. What do I do?

This means that you already have an account with ClassrooMechanics because you registered with us in the past. Use the password you created when you originally signed up, and then login to continue your purchase. If you have forgotten your password, click “Forgot Password” below the login button to reset your password. Please do not create multiple accounts for yourself using different emails.

Does the lead teacher in the Assistant’s classroom need to have access to the Toolkit course content to help the Assistant?

As regards the teacher’s involvement with the content of the Assistant Toolkit, there are instructions embedded in the course for the assistant to discuss various aspects of the training with the lead teacher to better understand how their school and teacher apply the Montessori method and manage the classroom. These are intended to facilitate the assistant’s seeking guidance from the lead teacher so they can be of better support in their specific classroom.

Do you have any recommendations for when lead teachers should take the Supporting Assistants Workshop that is included as a bonus with my Assistant Toolkit purchase?

Regarding lead teachers and the Supporting Assistants Workshop, it is a stand-alone course and can be taken whether or not there is an assistant taking the Toolkit. It is a collection of best practices and concepts that Tammy observed being helpful in teacher’s interactions and relationship with their assistant. If the lessons are applied, the workshop can result in better classroom dynamics and smoother operations.

What equipment do I need to take the course?

Here are the items you will need to take the workshop:

  • A Device (computer, tablet or smart phone) with up-to-date browser software
  • An Internet connection that can support watching videos (for example YouTube)
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Timer
  • The ability to download & print a .pdf workbook
    (A link is available in your purchase confirmation email or in the first lesson)
  • Downloaded .pdf files of additional course worksheets (printed out is helpful but not essential)