Loyola University Maryland's Center for Montessori Education

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The Montessori movement continues to grow in the U.S. and around the world. Loyola University Maryland’s Center for Montessori Education's graduate program prepares teachers to serve the child with competence, conscience, and compassion. In addition to a fundamental understanding of Dr. Montessori’s work in the planes of human development, students will acquire foundational knowledge in the areas of educational research and teaching students with special needs in a Montessori classroom. Our graduates emerge from their studies poised to be the next leaders in the movement.

Loyola Welcomes new Montessori Director, Carrie Lang!

Carrie LangWe are thrilled to welcome Carrie Lang (’05, ’08) as our new director of Montessori Education. After spending over a decade working with Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School as the curriculum director and instructional coach, she continues to focus her time digging into constructivist theories of education and finding ways to connect theory to practice with assessment, data, and the continuity of care in education. Born and raised in Baltimore, Carrie earned her M.Ed. at Loyola. She holds an AMI Elementary and Primary diploma. She has also been an instructor to our summer capstone students and a faculty member within the program since 2016. We are proud to have her step into this guiding role and continue Loyola’s legacy of cultivating leaders in Montessori Education. 

Master's in Montessori Education Pathways

There are two pathways to achieving our Master of Education in Montessori Education. Individuals who hold a MACTE-accredited training diploma may enroll in the post-diploma program track. Those seeking Montessori training at the Infant, Primary, or Elementary level in addition to the master’s degree can enroll in conjunction with one of our partner training institutes across the country.

Loyola offers the following pathways to choose from to obtain your master's degree:

Track One: Post-Diploma (Fully Online Option)

Offered to all trained teachers with a MACTE-accredited diploma, this program offers fundamental theory courses spanning the Infant through Adolescent planes, in addition to courses in Educational Research and Special Education. Students will also complete an action research project in a Montessori classroom over the course of the academic year. The program can be completed in an online format (with the practicum component local to you), in 1-2 years depending on full or part-time enrollment. Learn more about the post-diploma track.

Track Two: Concurrent (Earn your Training Diploma)

This unique program is offered in partnership with a select group of institutes. Candidates begin their M.Ed. simultaneously with their AMI training at one of our off-site partner institutes across the U.S. The capstone education courses are then completed during a summer intensive program online or at Loyola's Evergreen campus. Learn more about the concurrent track. 

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Virtual Information Sessions

Join us every second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. (EST) for a virtual information session to learn about our Master's in Montessori Education pathways, the admission process, and scholarship opportunities.

Next Session: Wednesday, November 10 at 6 p.m. - Register Here

Montessori Continuing Education Opportunities

Loyola offers a variety of professional development opportunities for Montessori educators.

Explore Our Montessori Continuing Education Opportunities


Kelley Flanders, ‘21"I have been so thankful for the M.Ed. in Montessori (Post-Diploma) program during the last year. As a school leader, I was excited to join this cohort of guides and school administrators. The program has connected me with Montessorians worldwide, and for that, I know that I will forever be grateful. The online platforms have been easy to navigate, and I have found the work to be manageable while working full-time in our school. I have been able to continue to move forward in my personal growth when the rest of my life feels like we are standing still."

Kelley Flanders, '21
Master’s in Montessori Education (Post-Diploma)
Head of School
Staunton Montessori