Montessori Teaching Certificate

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Montessori Teaching Certificate Courses

The Montessori Teaching Certificate may be earned as a non-degree credential program with no college credit.

Non-credit courses are recorded as Continuing Education Units or CEUs.  One CEU represents 10 contact hours of instruction and learning activities.  CEUs are generally not transferrable to other institutions.

Montessori Infant Toddler Certificate

Requirement Description
CEU Prerequisites
I. Required Courses
MTR 06 IT Child Development 6
MTR 07 IT Philosophy and Pedagogy 6
MTR 08 Early Intervention 2
MTR 09 Early Childhood Overview I 2
MTR 10 Early Childhood Overview II 2
MTR 60 IT Environmental Design 3
MTR 61 IT Child, Family, and Community 2
MTR 62 IT Observation Skills 2
MTR 63 Personal Growth and Development 2
MTR 64 IT Program Leadership & Administration 2
MTR 65 IT Student Teaching Practicum I 4.5
MTR 66 IT Student Teaching Practicum II 4.5
MTR 67 Infant and Toddler Projects I 2.5
MTR 68 Infant and Toddler Projects II 2.5
MTR 99 Written and Oral Examinations 2
TOTAL UNITS FOR THE MONTESSORI INFANT TODDLER CERTIFICATE 45

Recommended Plan of Study Montessori Infant Toddler Certificate

Summer Semester Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1 MTR 06
MTR 07
MTR 08
MTR 60
MTR 61
MTR 62
MTR 63
MTR 64
MTR 09
MTR 65
MTR 67
MTR 10
MTR 66
MTR 68
MTR 99

Montessori Early Childhood Certificate (ages 2 ½ To 6)

Requirement Description
CEU Prerequisites
I. Required Courses
MTR 01 Foundations of Montessori Education  6
MTR 03 Introduction to Inclusive Education 2 MTR 01
MTR 13 Early Childhood Music and Movement 2 MTR 01
MTR 14 Early Childhood Mathematics 4.5 MTR 01
MTR 15 Early Childhood Language Arts and Literacy 4 MTR 01
MTR 16 Early Childhood Social Studies 2 MTR 01
MTR 17 Early Childhood Art 2 MTR 01
MTR 18 Early Childhood Science 2 MTR 01
MTR 19 Early Childhood Practical Life 4 MTR 01
MTR 20 Early Childhood Sensorial Education 4 MTR 01
MTR 21 Early Childhood Classroom Management 2 MTR 01
MTR 51 Early Childhood Student Teaching Practicum I  4.5 MTR 01
MTR 52 Early Childhood Student Teaching Practicum II 4.5 MTR 01
MTR 55 Early Childhood Seminar and Projects I 2.5 MTR 01
MTR 56 Early Childhood Seminars and Projects II 2.5 MTR 01
MTR 99 Written and Oral Examinations 2 MTR 01
TOTAL UNITS FOR THE MONTESSORI EARLY CHILDHOOD CERTIFICATE 50.5

 Recommended Plan of Study for  Montessori Early Childhood Certificate

Summer Semester Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1 MTR 01
MTR 14
MTR 15
MTR 16
MTR 17
MTR 18
MTR 19
MTR 20
MTR 21
MTR 13
MTR 51
MTR 55
MTR 03
MTR 52
MTR 56
MTR 99

Montessori Lower Elementary Certificate (ages 6 To 9).

Requirement Description
CEU Prerequisites
I. Required Courses
MTR 01 Foundations of Montessori Education 6
MTR 03 Introduction to Inclusive Education 2 MTR 01
MTR 04 Great Lessons 2 MTR 01
MTR 33 Elementary I Mathematics 6 MTR 01
MTR 34 Elementary I Language Arts and Literacy I 4.5 MTR 01
MTR 35 Elementary I Music and Movement 2 MTR 01
MTR 36 Elementary I Biology 2 MTR 01
MTR 37 Elementary I Art 2 MTR 01
MTR 38 Applied Methods in Elementary I Mathematics 2.7 MTR 01
MTR 39 Elementary I Classroom Management 2 MTR 01
MTR 40 Elementary I Social Studies 2 MTR 01
MTR 41 Elementary I Practical Life 2 MTR 01
MTR 53 Elementary I Student Teaching Practicum I 4.5 MTR 01
MTR 54 Elementary I Student Teaching Practicum II 4.5 MTR 01
MTR 57 Elementary I Seminars and Projects I 3 MTR 01
MTR 58 Elementary I Seminars and Projects II 3 MTR 01
MTR 99 Written and Oral Examinations 2 MTR 01
TOTAL UNITS FOR THE MONTESSORI LOWER ELEMENTARY CERTIFICATE  52

Recommended Plan of Study for Montessori Lower Elementary Certificate

Summer Semester Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1 MTR 01
MTR 04
MTR 33
MTR 34
MTR 36
MTR 37
MTR 38
MTR 39
MTR 40
MTR 53
MTR 57
MTR 41
MTR 54
MTR 58
MTR 99

Montessori Lower and Upper Elementary Certificate (ages 9-12)

Students taking this level must have completed all methods courses in the Lower Elementary certificate either at Westminster or in another MACTE-approved program.  Students who have already completed a year’s supervised practicum as part of their Lower Elementary certificate do not need to repeat the practicum as part of the Upper Elementary level.  Students who have not yet completed a year’s supervised practicum in an elementary classroom will do that as part of the Upper Elementary program.

Requirement Description
CEU Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 41
MTR 71 Elementary II History 3 MTR 01
MTR 72 Elementary II Geography 3 MTR 01
MTR 73 Elementary II Arithmetic 4.5 MTR 01
MTR 74 Elementary II Geometry 4.5 MTR 01
MTR 75 Elementary II Grammar 4 MTR 01
MTR 76 Elementary II Language Arts & Literature I 4 MTR 01
MTR 77 Elementary II Biology 2 MTR 01
MTR 78 Elementary II Physical Science 2 MTR 01
MTR 79 Elementary II Arts Infusion 4 MTR 01
MTR 80 Elementary Special Education 2 MTR 01
MTR 81 Elementary Seminars and Projects III 3 MTR 01
MTR 82 Elementary Seminars and Projects IV 3 MTR 01
MTR 99 Written and Oral Examinations 2 MTR 01
II. Teaching Practicum  9
Students who have not already completed a teaching practicum in an Elementary Montessori classroom (ages 6-12) will take the following courses during the school year following the summer courses.  Students who have already completed an Elementary teaching practicum will take four additional credit hours of electives.
MTR 53 Elementary II Student Teaching Practicum  I  4.5 MTR 01
MTR 54 Elementary II Student Teaching Practicum II 4.5 MTR 01
TOTAL UNITS FOR THE MONTESSORI UPPER ELEMENTARY CERTIFICATE   50

Recommended Plan of Study for Montessori Upper Elementary Certificate

Summer Semester Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1 MTR 71
MTR 72
MTR 73
MTR 74
MTR 75
MTR 76
MTR 79
MTR 53
MTR 80
MTR 81
MTR 54
MTR 77
MTR 78
MTR 82
MTR 99

Montessori Upper Elementary Emphasis

This Upper Elementary certificate is for students who have not completed methods courses in the Lower Elementary certificate.

Requirement Description
CEU Prerequisites
I. Required Courses
MTR 01 Foundations of Montessori Education  6
MTR 09 Early Childhood Overview I  2
MTR 10 Early Childhood Overview II  2
MTR 43 Elementary II Practical Life  2
MTR 44 Elementary II Leadership and Curriculum Design  2
MTR 45 Elementary I Cultural Overview  4
MTR 46 Elementary I Language and Mathematics  4
MTR 53 Elementary Student Teaching Practicum I  4.5
MTR 54 Elementary Student Teaching Practicum II  4.5
MTR 71 Elementary II History  3
MTR 72 Elementary II Geography  3
MTR 73 Elementary II Arithmetic  4.5
MTR 74 Elementary II Geometry  4.5
MTR 75 Elementary II Grammar  4
MTR 76 Elementary II Language Arts & Literature I  4
MTR 77 Elementary II Biology  2
MTR 78 Elementary II Physical Science  2
MTR 79 Elementary II Arts Infusion  2
MTR 80 Elementary Special Education  2
MTR 81 Elementary Seminars and Projects III  3
MTR 82 Elementary Seminars and Projects IV  3
MTR 99 Written and Oral Examinations I  2
TOTAL CEUS FOR THE MONTESSORI UPPER ELEMENTARY CREDENTIAL
70

Recommended Plan of Study Upper Elementary emphasis in Montessori Education

*The program plan below is a sample plan for students wishing to complete an accelerated 3-year program. Please contact the Undergraduate Program Director for a plan tailored to your specific needs and interests*

Summer Semester Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1 MTR 01
MTR 71
MTR 72
MTR 73
MTR 74
MTR 43
MTR 80
MTR 09
MTR 10
MTR 45
MTR 46
Year 2

MTR 75
MTR 76
MTR 77
MTR 78


MTR 53
MTR 381


MTR 44
MTR 54
MTR 79
MTR 382

Year 3

MTR 99 Exams



Montessori Administration Certificate

The Montessori Administration Certificate focuses on school leadership, along with knowledge of school management and Montessori pedagogy, to create an exemplary and sustainable Montessori school.

Admission Requirements

The Institute for Montessori Innovation will offer its Montessori Leadership Program to any individual who meets college and campus admission requirements and also meets the Special Admission Requirements for the Montessori Leadership Program.

Special Admission Requirements for the Montessori Leadership Program:

  1. A minimum of a Baccalaureate degree.
  1. Applicants must meet one (or more) of the following three criteria:
  • Must hold an approved and valid state license or certificate for school administration
  • Be a currently practicing or experienced school administrator with at least three years experience as an administrator; or
  • Be in process of completing a state recognized collegiate program leading to license as a school administrator or equivalent required by state/school.
  1. Applicants must be able to present demonstrated administrative ability to include school finance, legal, licensing, curriculum administration, personnel and supervision, program planning, and evaluation.
Requirement Description
CEU Prerequisites
I. Core Montessori Courses 17
MTR 01 Foundations of Montessori Education 6
MTR 53 Practicum I  4.5 MTR 01
MTR 54 Practicum II  4.5 MTR 01
MTR 99 Written and Oral Examinations 2 MTR 01
II. Montessori Methods Courses 24-30  
Students take at least 13 credit hours of Montessori methods courses. At least one course must be taken in each of the age levels (Early Childhood, Elementary I, Elementary II).  The courses must total 200 clock hours.
TOTAL UNITS FOR THE MONTESSORI ADMINISTRATOR CERTIFICATE   41-47
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