M.Ed. in Primary Montessori Education (ages 3-6)

Montessori teacher and studentThe M.Ed. in Primary Montessori education (ages 3-6) consists of 36 graduate credits plus oral comprehensive examinations. The coursework is divided into two parts. The Montessori training is a nine-month program that fulfills the requirements for the AMI diploma. This course of study is given 27 credit hours.

The education core courses are designed to broaden the students knowledge of research and trends in the field of education. These courses total nine credits hours and are listed with the ED or SE course key.

Montessori Training

The Montessori education primary training course offered by the Washington Montessori Institute is accredited by the Association Montessori Internationale and presents theory and use of materials for development, all of which are arranged in a carefully prepared environment. The materials for development include activities for practical life, refinement of the senses, language and mathematics. Geography, history, physical science and life science are presented to the child through various language and manipulative activities. Movement, music and art form part of the day-to-day activities.

In particular, practical life activities enhance the development of control of movement, sequencing and concentration through inviting and purposeful work. Sensorial materials enable the child to order, classify and describe sense experiences such as dimension, color, texture, sound and sight. Language includes oral language development, written expression, reading, elements of grammar, and literature. Mathematics makes use of manipulative materials to help the child gain an understanding of the concepts of number, symbol, sequence, operations, and memorization of basic facts. Music and art are vehicles for self-expression as well as areas around which to build appreciation for other modes of communication. The program for the teacher presents key points for bringing these materials for development to the primary child. In addition, skill for guiding a group of children at this stage of development is covered theoretically and practically through observation and practice teaching in Montessori classrooms.

Students attend classes full time, five days a week. Although the AMI course requirements are listed as discrete courses for purposes of registration, the actual program during these semesters is presented as an integrated program of child development, methodology, practice, observation, and practice teaching. Students write illustrated reference manuals which reflect the content of the course. They also prepare certain classroom materials under the supervision of the faculty.

A unique aspect of the AMI course of study is regular practice with materials in equipped environments. Students learn how to set up an appropriate environment and present age-appropriate materials and activities in areas suitable to their developmental stage.

When the AMI written examinations are passed and all requirements have been completed, 27 graduate credits (MO designation) are posted to the students Loyola transcript. In addition, if AMI oral comprehensive examinations are successfully completed, the AMI diploma is awarded.

Educational Core Courses

After completing the AMI Montessori courses, students take the additional nine credits which comprise the educational core. The three core courses are offered in a special intensive summer session, and students must complete two independent study papers as part of ED625-Advanced Studies in Education.

Students have the option of taking the three education core courses in any combination during the regular course schedule. All core courses must be completed within four semesters following completion of the Montessori training core.

Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)

For applicants who already hold a M.Ed., a Certificate of Advanced Study is offered. Learn more about the estimated costs, related standard occupations, and normal completion time for the CAS in Montessori Education.