Montessori Education

Degree: Based on program
Program: Undergraduate coursework option or Master’s degree
Degree Level: Undergraduate or graduate
Credit Hours: Coursework programs are 21-24 credit hours; Master's programs are 36 credit hours
Delivery Format: Online with a required three-week in-person coursework and year-long practicum 
Prerequisites: Based on program


The Montessori 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 and nurture student development, which sets a strong foundation for learning and growth. Professionals with Montessori expertise often find careers teaching in Montessori schools, both public and private.

Montessori Program Options

The Montessori Education program at UNK is an AMS affiliated and MACTE accredited teacher training program. We offer the following program options:

1. Montessori Early Childhood & Elementary I Undergraduate Coursework

This coursework-only program consists of 21-24 credit hours, allowing you to concentrate on Early Childhood (ages 3-6) or Lower Elementary (ages 6-9). Upon completion of the coursework you will earn a credential through the American Montessori Society. Please note that further qualifications, such as state certification, will be required by some Montessori schools. Prerequisites: high school diploma.

2. 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. Upon completion of the coursework you will earn a credential through the American Montessori Society. Please note that further qualifications, such as state certification, will be required by some Montessori schools. Credits from this program can also be applied toward UNK’s online master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Montessori. Prerequisites: bachelor’s degree.

3. 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 young children 3-6 years old. The program is ideal for current teachers who need experience and an advanced degree in Montessori. Prerequisites: bachelor’s degree

4. 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 grades 1-3. The program is ideal for current teachers who need experience and an advanced degree in Montessori. Prerequisites: bachelor’s degree

In-Person Coursework

Courses for the Montessori programs are available online in fall and spring semesters, with three weeks of required in-person summer courses in either Kearney or Omaha, Nebraska.

Practicum

A year-long teaching practicum must be completed at a Montessori public or private school, which is approved by UNK. To determine if a school in your area is an approved practicum site, please contact the program director.

Accreditation and Certification

The Montessori Education program at UNK is an AMS affiliated and MACTE accredited teacher training program.

A bachelor's degree will be required upon completion of Montessori undergraduate coursework in order to be recommended for AMS certification.

Montessori programs do not lead to initial Nebraska 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
Email: ecampus@unk.edu