Center for Montessori Education

M.Ed. in Montessori Education

Montessori studentsLoyola’s Center for Montessori Education prepares individuals to direct Montessori classrooms and/or schools and to assume positions of leadership in the field of Montessori Education. The course of study incorporates in its entirety the teacher training course of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) plus additional graduate course work in educational research, special education, and current educational trends.

The goal of the graduate program in Montessori Education is to guide adults as they prepare for the work and responsibility of helping each child to develop the fullness of his or her potential. The program provides students with opportunities to develop an understanding of a child's stages of development and the different conditions and strategies necessary to support development at each stage.

Program Requirements

Montessori studentsThe Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) consists of 36 graduate credits plus comprehensive written and oral exams. The coursework is divided into two parts.

The Montessori Content courses total 27 credit hours and comprise the requirements for the AMI diploma. These courses are taken at the partner AMI institute. Although the Montessori Content courses are listed as discrete courses for purposes of registration, the actual instruction is presented as an integrated, interdisciplinary program of child development, methodology, practice, observation, and practice teaching.

The Education Core courses total 9 credit hours and are taken in residence at the main campus of Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland. These courses are designed to broaden the student’s knowledge of research and trends in the field of education. For the convenience of students, the Education Core courses are offered during a special intensive summer session scheduled mid-June through mid-July. Students must also complete an independent study and submit two research papers as part of ED625-Advanced Studies in Education.

Loyola offers three specializations:

  • Infant (birth – age 3)
  • Primary (ages 3 – 6)
  • Elementary (ages 6 – 12)

Program Format

Depending upon the choice of partner institute, programs are offered in one of two formats:

  • Academic Year Format: students take the AMI course work over two consecutive semesters (Fall and Spring) at the partner institute and then complete additional graduate course work in residence at Loyola.
  • Multi-Summer Format: students complete the AMI course work over two or three consecutive summers at the partner institute and then complete additional graduate course work in residence at Loyola.