Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alert
Gulf Coast Montessori Teacher Education Center continues to closely monitor the global outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes the novel Coronavirus, known as COVID-19. We will continue to keep our community informed as developments occur. To date, we have not identified any cases at any of our campuses.
Please check back often as we update our adult learners and provide you with the latest information.
Latest Update: Face Coverings
October 16, 1:15 p.m.
Until further notice, Gulf Coast Montessori Teacher Education Centers and all its locations, requires face coverings for all students and employees while on-premises.
This guidance is directed to all who are visiting our campus, including visitors 10 years of age or older.
Face coverings are required in the following limited circumstances:
Indoor public areas on campus, except where marked, even if you are alone. This includes all non-private office or spaces, such as lobbies, restrooms, classrooms, teaching and research areas, common spaces in offices, conference rooms, and break rooms; and
Outdoor spaces where six feet or more of physical distancing is difficult to reliably maintain.
Face coverings are not required in the following limited circumstances:
When working alone in a single office
When engaging in physical activity outside
When doing so poses a greater mental or physical health, safety or security risk
When consuming food or drink
When engaging in personal hygiene activities
Exceptions will also be made for those individuals who, due to a specific medical condition, cannot wear a face covering and have received an accommodation.
As with all the guidance and protocols related to COVID-19, Gulf Coast Montessori Teacher Education Center will adjust its guidance as necessary to reflect new information and findings.
Gulf Coast Website Being Adjusted for Online Learning Model
May 27, 7:52 a.m.
Visitors to the Gulfcoastmontessori.com website will notice a new tab in the menu titled "Online Learning". As we continue to adapt and make the necessary adjustments for online instruction, we are employing the latest technology in order to accomodate all of the Adult Learners through distance learning. Registered Adult Learners will be able to access online videos through the new portal making it very easy for them to watch presentations and "how to" instructions.
Gulf Coast Montessori Teacher Education Center, located at 979 Reseda Dr. will remain open to adult learners who wish to come in and practice their presentation using the onsite materials. However, this may be accomplished by appointment only, and with the understanding that it is the adult learner's responsibility to disinfect the materials used.
Summer Instruction Moving to a Blended Remote Learning Model
April 23, 12:15 p.m.
Summer instruction for Houston and Charleston campuses is moving to a blended remote learning model:
As we continue to navigate through changes caused by COVID-19 with your health and safety as a top priority, we are moving to an online blended model through our alternate instructional model Register now.
Envisioning Blended Learning
April 13, 4:20 p.m.
Envisioning blended learning:
Our blended format uses a variety of internet-based technologies that are student centered and focused on meeting each academic need. Our top priority is to enhance the in-residence learning process and enrich it. The process will allow our adult learners to complete a large portion of their coursework online, using our digital delivery system. Participants will be able to download coursework, watch presentations, and conduct observations. Coursework will be easily submitted, while group projects will be augmented with rich experiences that involve our faculty and classmates.
Close attention will be given to creating a "remote friendly" learning environment that includes reflection, brain breaks, and social interaction with the other members of the community.
Enrollment is moving forward
April 6, 1:30 p.m.
Enrollment is moving forward:
Following the extension of the Harris County “Stay Home, Work Safe” order through April 30, we will continue to offer support services online and through alternative formats.
We continue to move forward with summer classes.
We will continue to monitor the impact of the pandemic and will determine by the end of April whether summer classes after July 1 can return to their regular in residence instruction or if we will need to proceed with our blended distance learning and synchronous training model described here. Either way we are prepared to deliver a state-of-the-art teacher education program. GCMTEC is a leader in incorporating the latest technological advances while maintaining a traditional Montessori instruction.
Remember to take moments to take care of yourself and your families during this time. We are here and ready to help. Our offices remain open and you may reach us either by email, Zoom chat, or phone at 877-409-2929,
Enrollment is moving forward for 2020 cohorts
March 25, 1:30 p.m.
Enrollment is moving forward:
Gulf Coast Montessori Teacher Education Center is moving forward with the 2020 training cohort
We are also continuing to offer support to our 2019 cohorts.
Depending on where we are with COVID-19 and the number of people who can travel or attend and congregate in common spaces, we are planning to offer one or the other of the following options.
Option A: In residence instruction:
This is the normal method that most training centers have been using for years. Adult learners attending Gulf Coast Montessori Teacher Education Center will be able to attend either the Houston or Charleston environments to receive in person training for either Early Childhood (Houston) or Elementary I/II (Houston & Charleston centers)
Option B: A blended distance learning with a synchronous training model:
GCMTEC is fully technologically equipped to provide a structured and efficient learning environment. To do this we have placed in motion a number of up-to-date and current IT instructional methods including:
Digital access to manuals/albums
Online-live conversations and meetings
Digital support materials for downloads and printing
Digitally available reading materials for philosophy and child development
Live streaming of instructor support
Webinars and live meeting instructional periods
Virtual observations (as needed) and more
Operations to move online through April 3
March 24, 4:29 p.m.
Following the order from Harris County, and to protect the health and safety of the GCMTEC community, all campus operations will continue online, and access to campus will be limited to only essential personnel through April 3. Stay home and stay safe.