Montessori Early Childhood & Elementary I Coursework – Undergraduate

Degree: No degree is granted
Program: Montessori Early Childhood & Elementary I Coursework – Undergraduate
Degree Level: Undergraduate
Credit Hours: 21-24 credit hours
Delivery Format: Online with a required three-week in-person coursework and year-long practicum
Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED

The Montessori undergraduate 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 undergraduate-level Montessori expertise often find careers in Montessori private schools.

This undergraduate coursework program allows students to focus on Early Childhood Montessori education for young children, ages 3-6 years old or lower elementary children, ages 6-9 years old. UNK also offers Montessori graduate coursework for those with a bachelor’s degree who want to pursue graduate-level education in Montessori.

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

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

Pending program accreditation, 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?

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.