About Montessori Education

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. 

  • Undergraduate Montessori Coursework: Early Childhood Track Course Schedule
  • Graduate Montessori Coursework: Early Childhood Track Course Schedule
  • Graduate Montessori Coursework: Elementary I Track Course Schedules
  • Master's Degree: Curriculum and Instruction Montessori Early Childhood
  • Master's Degree: Curriculum and Instruction: Montessori Elementary I
Michelle Gatewood

I began the UNK masters program right after completing my undergrad at UNO for Elementary Education with an endorsement in Early Childhood and STEM. It's helpful being in the online Montessori classes while teaching, so I'm able to implement the ideas and lessons each day in my own classroom.

Michelle Gatewood

Montessori Teacher, Millard Public Schools, Omaha, NE

Graduate Student, UNK Montessori Early Childhood Teacher Education

Certification

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.

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On-site Courses

Courses for the Montessori programs are available mostly online, with a required three-week in-person summer coursework training in Omaha or Kearney.

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Practicum

A year-long practicum experience must be completed at a UNK-approved Montessori school. To determine if a school in your area is an approved location for practicum, please contact the program director.

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