Every child has a fascination with the elements of our world—the path of a falling snowflake, the rippling light on a river's surface, a cricket's steady chirp. Children instinctively reach out to experience and understand the world. The Montessori classroom presents the possibilities for this exploration.
There's a lot to consider when you're trying to decide on a Montessori program. Here at Loyola, you can earn your Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Montessori Education and an internationally-recognized AMI diploma in as little as 12-14 months. There is a great need for highly qualified Montessori teachers worldwide, and many Loyola graduates find work right after graduation, providing Montessori education in countries throughout the world.
The Washington Montessori Institute (WMI) at Loyola is the oldest Association Montessori Internationale (AMI)-accredited training center in North America, and is located in a beautiful suburban setting between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, at Loyola's graduate center in Columbia, MD.
WMI offers graduate programs in Montessori education that guide adults as they prepare for the work and responsibility of helping each child to develop the fullness of his or her potential. Students acquire an understanding of a child's stages of development and the different conditions and strategies necessary to support development at each stage.
Students select one area in which to concentrate their degree: primary (ages 3-6) or elementary (ages 6-12).