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Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Montessori Education

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Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Montessori Education

Advance your impact as a K-6 teacher.

Combine Montessori teaching techniques with a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree.

Why Montessori?

The Montessori method is a child-centered educational approach that incorporates self-directed activity, hands-on learning, and collaborative play. In this approach, children are able to make creative choices in their learning, while teacher and classroom activities guide the process.  

Ignite your passion for teaching with the benefits of applying Montessori methods to your elementary education graduate degree. This program rejects rigid, outdated teaching methods in favor of innovative practices formulated to help children overcome systemic racism, learning disorders, multilingual needs, and other education obstacles. Graduates will leave with both a master's in education and certification in Montessori education from the American Montessori Society (AMS). Specifically, you will learn to:

  • Implement hands-on methods of teaching designed with a child’s physical and psychological development to foster creativity, collaboration, and confidence
  • Apply the Montessori philosophy to create culturally relevant learning environments for elementary students
  • Use real-world classroom experience from a nine-month applied practicum studied within a Montessori education setting
  • Engage in critical self-reflection to build anti-bias/anti-racist teaching strategies
  • Facilitate learning objectives for all types of thinkers, including students with dyslexia, multilingual learners, and students with exceptionalities

St. Kate’s offers dynamic professional development opportunities for Montessori teachers throughout the year. The program is open to students of all genders.

Cost & Time

Cost per credit: $600

Credits required: 32 (6-9 option), 51 (6-12 option)

Time to completion: 1 year (6-9 option), 2 years (6-12 option)

Start: Summer

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Plan of Study

Below are sample plans of study. For course descriptions and other details, consult the University catalog.

Year 1

  • Summer
    EDUC 6141 Theories of Montessori Education (3cr)
    EDUC X Children’s House & Practical Life Overview (2cr)
    EDCU 5440 Math & Geometry Methods I (2cr)
    EDUC 5540 Language Arts & Literacy Methods I (2cr)
    EDUC 5190 Social Studies Methods I (2cr)
    EDUC 5470 Biology Methods I (2cr)
    EDUC 5290 Music & Movement Methods (1cr)
  • Fall
    EDUC 5740 Elementary Observation I (1cr)
    EDUC 5840 Practicum Lab I (2cr)
    EDUC 6670 Introduction to Action Research (3cr)
  • J-Term
    EDUC 6420 Cultivating Creativity: Art Methods (1cr)
    EDUC 5860 Practicum Lab II (2cr)
  • Spring
    EDUC 5750 Elementary Observation II (2cr)
    EDUC 5880 Practicum Lab III (2cr)
    EDUC 6760 Integration Seminar (3cr)
    EDUC 8920 Action Research Project (1cr)

Year 1

  • Summer
    EDUC 6141 Theories of Montessori Education (3cr)
    EDUC X Children’s House & Practical Life Overview (2cr)
    EDCU 5440 Math & Geometry Methods I (2cr)
    EDUC 5540 Language Arts & Literacy Methods I (2cr)
    EDUC 5190 Social Studies Methods I (2cr)
    EDUC 5470 Biology Methods I (2cr)
    EDUC 5290 Music & Movement Methods (1cr)
  • Fall
    EDUC 5070 Teachers as Leaders for a Changing Society (3cr)
    EDUC 5740 Elementary Observation I (1cr)
  • J-Term
    EDUC 6420 Cultivating Creativity: Art Methods (1cr)
  • Spring
    EDUC X Holistic Learning for Educators (3cr)
    EDUC 5750 Elementary Observation II (2cr)

Year 2

  • Summer
    EDUC 6440 Math & Geometry Methods II (3cr)
    EDUC X Advanced Geometry Methods (1cr)
    EDUC 6540 Language Arts & Literacy Methods II (2cr)
    EDUC 6190 Social Studies Methods II (2cr)
    EDUC 6470 Elementary Science Methods (1cr)
  • Fall
    EDUC 5840 Practicum Lab I (2cr)
    EDUC X Supporting Literacy for Diverse Learners (3cr)
    EDUC 6670 Introduction to Action Research (3cr)
  • J-Term
    EDUC 5860 Practicum Lab II (2cr)
  • Spring
    EDUC 5880 Practicum Lab III (2cr)
    EDUC 6760 Integration Seminar (3cr)
    EDUC 8920 Action Research Project (1cr)
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