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
  • Undergraduate Montessori Coursework: Elementary I 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

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.

On-site Courses

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 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.