Loyola University Maryland

The Washington Montessori Institute (WMI)

Admission / Apply

Janet McDonell with students

The following degree options are available for the Washington Montessori Institute:

  • Master of Education in Primary Montessori Education (Ages 3-6)
  • Post-Master’s Certificate of Advanced Study in Montessori Education for the Primary Level

Priority Application Deadline

Fall Semester:  May 1* (For scholarship consideration, all materials must be submitted by April 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 April 1 deadline.


Fall Semester:  April 1


Required application materials include:

  • Online application   
  • 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 colleges or universities attended. (*see additional information below)
  • All foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by any member of NACES. (www.naces.org)
  • Three professional/academic letters of recommendation.
  • Resume 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 or IELTS test scores are required if the student's native language is not English.  Loyola's ETS code is 5370.  Loyola requires a minimum TOEFL score of 80 or a 7 in all areas for the IELTS.  Test scores must be from tests administered within two years of the application deadline.
  • 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.

*Please have your college(s) send your transcript(s) to one of the addresses below.

Loyola University Maryland
Office of Graduate Admission
2034 Greenspring Drive
Timonium, MD 21093

Or emailed to graduate@loyola.edu

If you have any questions or need help with the application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at (410) 617- 5020 or by email at graduate@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.

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 by email. 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.