Montessori Coursework – Graduate

Degree: No degree is granted
Program: Montessori Coursework – Graduate
Degree Level: Graduate
Credit Hours: 21-24 credit hours
Delivery Format: Online with a required three-week in-person coursework and year-long practicum
Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree

The Montessori graduate coursework program equips students with the foundation of Montessori education, which incorporates learning methods structured around a child’s body, mind, and soul. Teachers with Montessori expertise often find careers in private schools and in public schools.

This graduate coursework program allows students to focus on either Early Childhood or Elementary I program tracks. Coursework from the program can be applied to UNK's online master's program in Curriculum and Instruction: Montessori - Early Childhood or Curriculum and Instruction: Montessori - Elementary I. UNK also offers Montessori Early Childhood undergraduate coursework for those without a 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.


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 Online with any questions:

University of Nebraska at Kearney - Online
Phone: 308-865-8800

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