Loyola University Maryland

The Washington Montessori Institute (WMI)

Admission / Apply

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Janet McDonell with studentsThe following degree options are available for the Washington Montessori Institute:

  • Master of Education in Primary Montessori Education (Ages 3-6)
  • Master of Education in Elementary Montessori Education (Ages 6-12)
  • Post-Master’s Certificate of Advanced Study in Montessori Education

Priority Application Deadline

Fall Semester Only:  May 1*

*At the discretion of the department, applications will continue to be reviewed after the application deadline on a space-available basis. International students must submit all application materials by the May 1 deadline.


Required application materials include:

  • Online application    Note: If you are applying to an off-site affiliate center, you must complete a different application. To access the application to apply to an off-site center, visit our Montessori partner website.
  • Nonrefundable $60 application fee.
  • Essay/personal statement. Describe your academic and professional achievements and aspirations. Include in your essay responses to all the following questions:
    • What is your purpose in pursuing Montessori teacher training?
    • Why do you think you are suitable and qualified to work as a Montessori teacher?
    • What is your experience with children?
    • How will a graduate degree in Montessori Education further your professional goals?
    • What do you intend to do after completing the program?
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary colleges or universities attended. This includes transcripts from part-time study, study abroad, coursework taken at a community college, and from institutions that have awarded the applicant a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree or an advanced certificate. Admitted students who fail to submit a final degree-posted transcript will not be permitted to register.

    Applicants who hold degrees or have earned credits from non-U.S. institutions (excluding study abroad programs) must have a course-by-course evaluation and translation of their academic records done by a NACES approved evaluation services agency before they can be considered for admission to a degree program. The evaluation must establish that the applicant has earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.  Loyola recommends the WES:ICAP from World Education Services, Inc. (www.wes.org).

  • Three professional/academic letters of recommendation.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae. Please include ALL Montessori Training on your resume and provide the following information- include the center/institute, location, attendance dates, specialization, diploma/certificate received, and completion date.

  • TOEFL score report. The TOEFL examination is required only if English is not the applicant's native language and the applicant has not completed a degree program taught in English. TOEFL scores must be from tests administered within two years of the application deadline. Official scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. Loyola's institution code is 5370.
  • International Student Supplemental Forms (required only if a student visa is needed, and must be completed no later than 90 days prior to the start of the program).
  • After careful review of the admission file by the committee, applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview.  An online, video interview is permitted for international applicants and those who live more than two hours from the Columbia Graduate Center.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that a completed application and all supplemental materials are received by the application deadline. Supplemental materials, once received, become the property of Loyola University Maryland and cannot be returned.

Supplemental application documents should be submitted directly to:

Loyola University Maryland
Graduate Admission Processing Center
P.O. Box 1447
Beltsville, MD 20704

Or emailed to graddocs@loyola.edu

Additional Application Information

The M.Ed. program in Montessori education is open to college graduates from any academic discipline. The applicant must present satisfactory evidence of the ability to pursue graduate work. Students are expected to possess sound personal qualifications and educational backgrounds. Letters of recommendation from persons competent to judge the applicant's probable success in an academic and classroom setting are required as part of the application process. Admission to the elementary (ages 6-12) teacher training course requires that candidates have an AMI primary diploma or complete the prerequisite course prior to beginning the elementary course.

Washington Montessori Institute at Loyola University Maryland seeks graduates from accredited graduate or undergraduate institutions of higher learning who demonstrate outstanding academic ability. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for acceptance, however provisional acceptance may be granted to students with a GPA between 2.75 and 3.0.

In addition, demonstrated competencies, as evidenced by standardized tests, may be required. A personal interview may also be requested.

Applicants accepted for graduate study will be advised in writing. A program advisor who assists in planning a program of study will be assigned, and students are responsible for discussing any special needs they may have with their advisor.

Loyola University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national and ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation in the administration of any of its education programs and activities or with respect to admission and employment. The designated Compliance Officer to ensure compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, as amended, and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, is Kathleen Parnell, assistant vice president for human resources, 5000 York Road, Room 206, 410-617-2354. Loyola is authorized under Federal Law to enroll non-immigrant, alien students.