Montessori Education

Degree: Based on program
Program: Master's degree or coursework options
Degree Level: Graduate or undergraduate
Credit Hours: Master's programs are 36 credit hours; Coursework programs are 21-24 credit hours
Delivery Format: Online with a required three-week on-site training
Prerequisites: Based on program


The Montessori educational instruction method is a child-centered educational approach that focuses on teaching the whole child—including social, emotional, and physical development in addition to cognitive development. This method of instruction, established by Dr. Maria Montessori, prepares you to facilitate in nurturing student development, which sets a strong foundation for learning and growth. Professionals with Montessori expertise often find careers teaching in Montessori schools or in an increasing amount of public schools requiring Montessori-certified teachers. 

Montessori Program Options

The University of Nebraska at Kearney offers the following program options in Montessori education:

1. Curriculum and Instruction: Montessori – Early Childhood Concentration

This 36-credit-hour master’s degree program focuses on the core methods of teaching Montessori educational instruction to younger children. The program is ideal for current teachers who need experience and an advanced degree in Montessori. Prerequisites: bachelor’s degree in education and a teaching certificate.

2. Curriculum and Instruction: Montessori – Elementary I Concentration

This 36-credit-hour master’s degree program focuses on the core methods of teaching Montessori educational instruction to elementary school aged children. The program is ideal for current teachers who need experience and an advanced degree in Montessori. Prerequisites: bachelor’s degree in education and a teaching certificate.

3. Montessori Graduate Coursework

This coursework-only program consists of 21-24 credit hours, allowing you to concentrate on program tracks in either Early Childhood or Elementary I. Completing the coursework will prepare you to teach in a Montessori private school. Credits from this program can also be applied toward UNK’s online master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Montessori. Prerequisites: bachelor’s degree.

4. Montessori Undergraduate Coursework

This coursework-only program consists of 21-24 credit hours, allowing you to concentrate on program tracks in either Early Childhood or Elementary I. Completing the coursework will prepare you to teach in a Montessori private school. This program option does not require you to have attained a bachelor’s degree, Praxis Core Exam, or teacher education program acceptance. Prerequisites: high school diploma.

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.

Practicum

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. Learn more about the program on the Department of Teacher Education website, or request information.

2. Apply to the program.

3. Contact UNK eCampus with any questions:

University of Nebraska at Kearney - eCampus
Phone: 308-865-8927
Email: ecampus@unk.edu


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

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