Make Change By Teaching in a Montessori Classroom

Why Montessori?

  1. The Montessori method changes lives—and you can be part of it.
  2. Montessori teachers love their jobs—and you can, too.
  3. Dr. Maria Montessori changed the world—join the movement.

Options

Track Options

TrackCertificate OnlyBachelor's Degree with Montessori MinorMaster of Education with Montessori
Early Childhood (ages 2½ to 6)High School Diploma or GED required. Students with 2+ years of college with at least a 2.5 GPA, will be eligible for the AMS. Students with a High School Diploma or GED will be eligible for the AMS Associate Early Childhood Credential upon completion of the program. Students who currently hold a BA or BS degree or higher will be awarded the AMS full credential.High School Diploma or GED required.Bachelor's Degree required.
Lower Elementary (ages 6 to 9)BA or BS degree required to enter the credential-only program. The applicant must be able to earn a Bachelor's degree within one year to be admitted to the Montessori training program at this level.High School Diploma or GED required.Bachelor's Degree required.
Upper Elementary (ages 9 to 12)Bachelor's Degree required. An upper elementary certificate requires that the applicant already has a lower elementary certificate. NABachelor's Degree required.
Administration

Applicants must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Must hold an approved and valid state license or certificate for school administration
  • Be a currently practicing or experienced school administrator with at least three years experience as an administrator
  • Be in process of completing a state recognized collegiate program leading to licensing as a school administrator or equivalent required by state/school
  • Have permission of the director of the Institute for Montessori Innovation
NABachelor's Degree required.

Tracks

Summer

8 weeks

  • Foundations and Theories of Montessori Education
  • Early Childhood Practical Life
  • Sensorial Education
  • Early Childhood Social Studies
  • Early Childhood Mathematics
  • Early Childhood Language Arts and Literacy
  • Early Childhood Art
  • Early Childhood Science
  • Classroom Management and Leadership
Fall Semester
  • Early Childhood Student Teaching Practicum I
  • Early Childhood Projects I
  • Early Childhood Music and Movement
Spring Semester
  • Early Childhood Student Teaching Practicum II
  • Early Childhood Projects II
  • Introduction to Inclusive Education
Summer

1 week

Written & Oral Examinations

Additional Courses

Required for a Master’s degree with the AMS credential.

  • MED 650: Introduction to Research Methods (summer)
  • MED 679: Research Methodologies (fall)
  • MED 680: Research Project (spring)

Choose one elective from these MED courses.

  • MED 606: Theoretical Perspectives in Education
  • MED 610: Sociocultural Contexts for Learning
  • MED 620: English Learners, Family, and Community
  • Or another course with permission of the program director

Summer

8 weeks

  • Foundations and Theories of Montessori Education
  • Great Lessons
  • Methods/Materials in Elementary Social Studies
  • Methods and Materials in Elementary Mathematics I
  • Methods/Materials in Elem Language Arts and Literacy I
  • Elementary Classroom Management and Leadership
  • Methods and Materials in Elementary Biology I
  • Methods and Materials in Elementary Art
  • Applied Methods in Elementary Mathematics
Fall Semester
  • Elementary Student Teaching Practicum I
  • Elementary Seminars and Projects I
  • Methods in Elementary Practical Life
  • Methods and Materials in Elementary Music and Movement
Spring Semester
  • Elementary Student Teaching Practicum II
  • Elementary Seminars and Projects II
  • Introduction to Inclusive Education
Summer

1 week

Written & Oral Examinations

Additional Courses

Required for a Master's degree with the AMS credential.

  • MED 650: Introduction to Research Methods (summer)
  • MED 679: Research Methodologies (fall)
  • MED 680: Research Project (spring)

Choose one elective from these MED courses.

  • MED 606: Theoretical Perspectives in Education
  • MED 610: Sociocultural Contexts for Learning
  • MED 620: English Learners, Family and Community
  • Or another course with permission of the program director

Must have completed Lower Elementary Montessori.

Summer

8 weeks

  • Elementary II Grammar
  • Elementary II Language Arts & Literature
  • Elementary II History
  • Elementary II Geography
  • Elementary II Arithmetic
  • Elementary II Geometry
  • Elementary II Biology
  • Elementary Physical Science
Fall Semester
  • Elementary Special Education
  • Elementary Seminars and Projects III
  • Elementary Student Teaching Practicum I (if needed)
Spring Semester
  • Elementary Seminars and Projects IV
  • Elementary Student Teaching Practicum II (if needed)
  • Elementary Arts Infusion
Summer

1 week

Written & Oral Examinations

Additional Courses

Required for a Master's degree with the AMS credential.

  • MED 650: Introduction to Research Methods (summer)
  • MED 679: Research Methodologies (fall)
  • MED 680: Research Project (spring)

Choose one elective from these MED courses.

  • MED 606: Theoretical Perspectives in Education
  • MED 610: Sociocultural Contexts for Learning
  • MED 620: English Learners, Family, and Community
  • Or another course with permission of the program director

Admission requirements
  1. Baccalaureate degree.
  2. Applicants must meet one or more of the following three criteria.

    • Must hold an approved and valid state license or certificate for school administration
    • Be a currently practicing or experienced school administrator with at least three years experience as an administrator
    • Be in process of completing a state recognized collegiate program leading to license as a school administrator or equivalent required by state/school
  3. Applicants must be able to present demonstrated administrative ability including school finance, legal, licensing, curriculum administration, personnel and supervision, program planning, and evaluation.
Program requirements
  1. Montessori Foundations and Theories
  2. At least 200 other clock hours of study chosen from the Montessori teacher education courses
  3. Administrative practicum. A year-long practicum as an administrator in a Montessori school
  4. Final exams and year-long project presentation

How to Apply

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Location

The courses are taught on the campus of Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Schedule

The program has an eight-week summer session, with orientation in June. Classes are held June through July and meet five days per week (with an occasional Saturday), 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The summer session is followed by a year’s supervised practicum in an approved Montessori school and bi-weekly seminars.

Three Options

  • Credential-only (no college credit)
  • Master of Education degree (the Montessori courses plus four additional courses for the M.Ed.)
  • Montessori Minor

Pricing

Credential Only

  • Early Childhood: $7,200 plus approximately $2000 for materials and fees
  • Lower Elementary: $7,450 plus approximately $2000 for materials and fees
  • Upper Elementary: $6,150 without practicum, $7,400 with practicum plus materials and fees
  • Administration: varies, depending on courses taken

Undergraduate

Current undergraduate tuition/fees for an educations degrees.

Master of Education

$695 per credit hour

  • Early Childhood (32 credit hours)
  • Lower Elementary (34 credit hours)
  • Administration (34 credit hours)

Scholarships

Thanks to a generous grant from the Sorenson Legacy Foundation, a limited number of scholarships will be awarded to prospective Montessori teachers. The scholarship may be applied to the tuition of students attending the Institute of Montessori Innovation at Westminster College this year, in either the Credential-only, Undergraduate Montessori Minor and Master of Education program. Students may also apply to the American Montessori Society (AMS) for any scholarship opportunities that they have available.

Materials

For your convenience, we've provided an example of the materials you might need below. Once admitted, please check with the program director to verify the materials list.

Early Childhood
  • 5 large and 3 small D-ring binders. At least six boxes of sheet protectors (200 per box)
  • Supracolor Soft Water Color Pencils—set of 12
  • 3M Scotch Multi-purpose 8" scissors
  • UHU Large Glue Stick
  • C-Thru 12" clear plastic ruler
  • Spiral notebooks and usual student supplies
  • A digital camera is useful, which can be shared by several students
Lower and/or Upper Elementary
  • 7 large and 5 small D-ring binders. Also 10 or more boxes of sheet protectors (200 per box)
  • Supracolor Soft Water Color Pencils—set of 18
  • Small pencil sharpener
  • Alvin Quadrille Paper, 4x4 grid
  • 3M Scotch Multi-purpose 8" scissors
  • UHU Large Glue Stick
  • C-Thru 360 Protractor 4"
  • 10 cm. circular protractor (clear plastic)
  • Usual student supplies
  • A digital camera is useful, which can be shared by several students

Housing

Students who live far from Salt Lake City may stay in a nearby hotel at monthly rates. There are some student-sublet apartments near the campus that are available in the summer as well. Scholarship housing may be available on campus.

Distance Option

Students carrying out the year-long practicum far from Salt Lake City will be able to participate in the school-year seminars through distance learning. They will need to return to Salt Lake for two or three long weekends during the year for intensive methods courses.

Accreditation

The Institute for Montessori Innovation is accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council on Teacher Education (MACTE) and affiliated with the American Montessori Society (AMS).