Montessori Education and ECCE Training

Type of Course
NFQ Level
Start Date


Course Duration

1 Year

Course Fees
€2475.00 (Part-Time)

How to Apply

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Is for individuals who are…

Interested in becoming a Montessori Teacher or work as a Childcare Professional. Gain a level of competence that will enable you to work as a highly skilled professional in the field of early year’s education for children whose age range is between 3 – 6 years.

Looking for…

A Montessori Qualification that will equip the learner with the skills and knowledge that enables them to produce a rich learning environment for all children that come under their care and the opportunity to progress to degree programmes.

To Become...

A Montessori Teacher
A Early Years Educator
A Play Assistant in Hospitals
A Crèche/Preschool Supervisor

Build Your Path To Success

01. Achieve the ECCE with Montessori Major Award

Dorset College is accredited by QQI Quality and Qualifications Ireland so you can feel confident that this Major Award at level 6 will provide the recognition you need to progress in your chosen field.

02. Make Things Happen

Maximize your career potential as you grow in confidence gaining the skills and knowledge in the Montessori Method of Education level 6 and progress to Higher Education programmes level 7 & level 8 in this field.

03. Our Team of Teachers

Learn from a team of highly qualified and experienced teachers; their dedication and commitment to excellence will ensure that learners are guided on their journey; supported to develop professionalism in the field of ECCE and equipped with all relevant skills/knowledge.

04. Knowledge and Experience

Enrich your learning experience in a diverse learning environment. A friendly welcoming student-centered learning environment with teachers who support, mentor and guide you through the skills, knowledge and practical work experience to achieve your goals.

Programme Details

Entry Requirements

  • An interest in working  with young Children or already working in this field.
  • Junior / Leaving Certificate standard or appropriate QQI/FET Qualification or equivalent 

  • Mature adults with relevant life / work experience.

  • English Language Proficiency Test where deemed appropriate or an IELTS score of 5.0 (This does not apply to Native English language Speakers)

Please call us or visit the college and speak to a course coordinator who would be happy to explain the details of the course and how it can benefit you and your career. 


Start Date: 12/10/2020 

End Date: 18/08/2021

Duration: 1 Year

Time: 18.30 to 21.30

Evenings: Mondays and Wednesdays + 8 Saturdays


QQI/FET Early Childhood Care & Education Level 6 Major Award (6M2007)

Awarded by: QQI Quality and Qualifications Ireland

Total Credit Value: 120 (15 Credits per Module)

Dorset College: Certificate in Manual Handling

Grading: Pass / Merit / Distinction

The grade achieved will be determined by the grades achieved on the modules

Higher Education Links

Higher Education Progression Opportunities


Graduates who have successfully completed this course are eligible for consideration for academic progression routes in Childcare, Health and Education in Universities and Institutes of Technology in Ireland. The following options include:

  • At Dorset College
  • BSc. Degree in Early Childhood Care, Health and Education (Letterkenny Institute of Technology in Collaboration with Dorset College)
  • Related QQI/HET Level 8 Degrees include Social Studies in Social Care and Health Promotion and Physical Activity

Points Calculator for Level 5 and 6 Awards:

What Students Say

Anna Ficon

Anna Ficon


I started my education at Dorset College by studying the QQI Level 6 “ECCE/Montessori” course and progressed onto the B.Sc. ECCHE degree programme; I couldn't choose better. The help and support from very passionate tutors are extraordinary and I feel very lucky to have them by my side especially when studying and working full time.

Orna White

Orna White

I look forward to attending class each evening. The college is warm and inviting with great facilities. We have a fantastic Teacher who is very accommodating and always available through email at all hours. I am delighted that I chose this college. I am studying the ECCE/Montessori course part-time. It is very busy but very rewarding.

Lecturer Profiles

Beverley Mole

Beverley Mole


Mary Anderson

Mary Anderson


Programme Fees


Additional Information

An exam fee of €125.00 is to be paid separately, post registration.

Application Process

A deposit of €350.00 is required to secure a place on this Course. The deposit or if you wish full payment of fees can be paid online. When we have received and reviewed your application the college will be in contact with you to discuss next steps.