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Master of Education (MEd), Concurrent Pathway

Loyola University Maryland’s M.Ed. program in Montessori Education is designed to revolutionize your career. 

Loyola University Maryland’s M.Ed. program in Montessori Education is designed to revolutionize your career. The Concurrent M.Ed. incorporates a specialized training in one of the following concentrations: Birth to Three (0-3), Early Childhood Education (3-6), or Elementary Education (6-12). Students enroll in an eligible teacher training course through one of Loyola's Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) off-site partner training institutes, followed by additional graduate courses in equity and inclusion, special education, and current educational trends.

Important Note: Students must simultaneously apply to both Loyola and the AMI institute at the start of their AMI training in order to be eligible for the master's degree.

This 33-credit pathway emphasizes a comprehensive blend of AMI Montessori teacher training and innovative methodologies focused on our core principles of inclusive practices and equity-based leadership. It includes a semester-long practicum tailored to your area of concentration, ensuring a relevant and impactful educational experience.

Program Overview

  • Credits: 33
  • Delivery: Hybrid
  • Next Admission Term: Fall 2024
  • Class Duration: Varies by term
  • Format: Academic Year
  • Time of Completion: 2 - 4 Years
  • Tuition Information

Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

While the Montessori program does not currently offer scholarships, we encourage you to reach out to us for information on opportunities within the broader Montessori community. 

There are various organizations who may have the ability to provide scholarships to support your educational journey with the Montessori master's program.

Program Format

With a collaboration spanning over 30 years, Loyola has partnered with AMI Montessori training centers to offer this distinctive M.Ed. in Montessori education. This 33-credit Master of Education program in Montessori Education offers three concenrations: Birth to Three (0-3), Early Childhood Education (3-6), and Elementary Education (6-12). 

Candidates must dually enroll at one of our off-site partner institutes and earn graduate credits throughout their AMI training, then complete subsequent online coursework with Loyola University Maryland. Note: this program does not require travel to Loyola's campus, and therefore an I-20 cannot be issued by Loyola.

Curriculum Overview

  • Students simultaneously enroll in one of our partner AMI teacher trainings and 15 pedagogical credits over the fall and spring semesters.
  • All M.Ed. Montessori Education students will take their first 15 graduate credits off-site with the training center. Students choose between the Birth to Three (Infant), Early Childhood Education (Primary), and Elementary Education concentrations. 
  • Following the successful completion of AMI training requirements, students enroll in 18 credits of core coursework, given in a convenient asynchronous online format over a 12-18 month period.

The Loyola Difference

Academic Excellence

The Center for Montessori Education’s learning aims and outcomes reflect a commitment to excellence in Montessori education. Throughout the program, graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to discern inclusive and innovative teaching practices, critically analyze diverse perspectives, and engage in collaborative strategies.

Community Engagement

Loyola’s Jesuit philosophy is grounded in the importance of service to one’s community. Our graduate program curriculum reflects Dr. Montessori’s commitment to collaborative strategies that encourage a supportive and inclusive learning environment that extends beyond the classroom.

The M.Ed. in Montessori Education offers students across the globe an opportunity to collaborate and create their own pathway towards an updated model of education that meets today’s child where they are.

The Master's degree in Montessori Education at Loyola has provided me with a dedicated space to channel, devote, and flourish in my Montessori journey alongside like-minded educators with diverse experiences. It serves as a platform for discovering unexplored facets of Montessori education that present opportunities for growth and impact.
The biggest takeaway from my experience at Loyola University was being immersed with individuals who had completed their training at various age levels. Not only did Loyola open the doors to further my educational journey with a class focused on researching for a dissertation, but it also opened my eyes to furthering my career by getting trained with additional age levels. The class I am most thankful for has been the course on Special Needs, and am constantly implementing the skills, techniques and thought processes I learned during this course.
I was proud to be a part of the inaugural online M.Ed. program at Loyola University Maryland. I chose the program because it offered me a way to expand on my previous work in Montessori education while earning an advanced degree. The course work furthered my knowledge of educational research, refreshed my understanding of Montessori theory, and provided me with both practical and pedagogical know-how that assists me in my daily work with Montessori educators.
[This program] has given me more experience and confidence in my practice as a professional. It gave me tools to do more research and to engage other professionals at a higher level of conversation. It also served as a networking base since I met so many bright and committed people.
I feel as though Montessori Education at Loyola University Maryland has given me all the tools I need to be a successful Montessori guide. The professors have been such a great influence on my education, and I could not ask for anything better!

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