Loyola University Maryland's Center for Montessori Education

Concurrent M.Ed. in Montessori Education Program

Loyola’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 concurrent M.Ed. 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.

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Program Requirements

The concurrent 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 one of our partner AMI institutes. 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 during the summer following completion of the AMI diploma. These courses are designed to broaden the student’s knowledge of research and trends in the field of education, and may be offered online or in-person at Loyola's Baltimore For the convenience of students, the Education Core courses are offered during a special intensive summer session that typically starts in June or July. The capstone course, ED.625, entails a final project due in mid-August to complete the degree.

Loyola offers three training specializations:

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

Program Format

Depending upon the choice of partner institute, programs are typically 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 capstone 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 capstone graduate course work in residence at Loyola.

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