Curriculum and Instruction: Montessori - Early Childhood

Degree: Master of Arts in Education
Program: Curriculum and Instruction: Montessori – Early Childhood Concentration
Degree Level: Graduate
Credit Hours: 36 credit hours
Delivery Format: Online with a required three-week on-site training
Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree 

The online Curriculum and Instruction: Montessori – Early Childhood concentration program equips students with the foundational knowledge of a concept coined by Dr. Maria Montessori, which incorporates learning methods structured around a child’s body, mind, and soul. Teachers with Montessori expertise often find careers in Montessori schools or in public schools that require a Montessori-certified teacher.

The Montessori – Early Childhood concentration focuses on the core methods of teaching Montessori educational instruction to younger children. Other online Curriculum and Instruction concentrations are also available, including a Montessori – Elementary I concentration.

On-site Training

Courses for the Montessori programs are available mostly online, with a required three-week on-site training at an approved Montessori facility in Omaha or Kearney, Nebraska, or other locations to be determined.


A required practicum course must be completed at a Montessori-approved school or through a self-directed practicum experience at a school approved by the program administrators. To determine if a school in your area is an approved location for the practicum course, please contact the program coordinator.

Accreditation and Certification

UNK's Montessori programs are pursuing accreditation as an Applicant in Good Standing with the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE)*.

Montessori programs do not lead to initial teacher certification needed to begin teaching in public schools. Students pursuing certification in other states should check with their State Department of Education for certification requirements.

Required and Elective Courses

View the required and elective courses.

Program Overview

View the program overview.

How do I get started?

1. Request information about the program to learn more.

2. Apply to the program.

3. Contact UNK eCampus with any questions:

University of Nebraska at Kearney - eCampus
Phone: 308-865-8927

*Applicant in Good Standing status in no way determines the outcome of the accreditation decisions by MACTE.

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