AMI Concurrent M.Ed. in Montessori Education
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 AMI 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.
Important Note: Students must apply for the concurrent graduate program and enroll in Loyola credits at the start of their AMI training through one of our partner institutes. Credit cannot be granted retroactively for coursework completed prior to enrolling at Loyola.
Graduate Program Advantages
Commitment to Students and Their Learning:
Students will design and implement inclusive teaching practices in Montessori environments, ensuring equitable educational experiences for all students.
Knowledge of Content and Pedagogy:
Students will critically analyze diverse perspectives within educational literature and apply this knowledge to enhance Montessori practices, demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of effective teaching methods.
Students will innovate and modernize the Montessori method through continuous reflection and research, achieving excellence in teaching practices that align with contemporary educational needs.
Students will cultivate collaborative strategies to engage community stakeholder groups, fostering a supportive and inclusive learning environment that extends beyond the classroom.
Students will reflect on personal strengths and areas for improvement as Montessori professionals, demonstrating a commitment to ongoing professional growth and maintaining high standards of teaching.
Assessment and Data-Informed Decision Making:
Students will implement comprehensive assessment strategies within the Montessori framework, effectively gauging student progress and utilizing data-driven insights to adapt teaching practices for targeted support and continuous improvement in the learning environment.
Leadership and Professional Collaboration:
Students will demonstrate leadership by actively engaging in professional collaborations within the Montessori community. They will foster a culture of shared learning and best practices, contributing to the growth and development of colleagues and participating in leadership opportunities to advance the Montessori education field.
Class Duration: Varies by term
Format: Blended/Academic Year
Next Admission Term: Fall 2024
Time of Completion: 1-4 years
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 simultaneously through an eligible AMI Course at one of our partner AMI institutes. Students must also be admitted and enrolled separately at the partner training institute. 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. Students take ED 600 - Foundations of Research in Education, SE 761 - Introduction to Special Education, and ED 625 - Montessori Capstone. These courses are designed to broaden the student’s knowledge of research and trends in the field of education, and are offered in a unique 8-week fully online summer session that typically begins in mid-June. Final capstone projects are 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)
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Obtain an M.Ed. in Montessori Education.
- Pursue leadership roles in schools, districts, and organizations.
- Become an innovator in the field of Montessori Education.