M.Ed., Emphasis in Montessori

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Degree snapshot

TOTAL CREDITS 36
AVERAGE COMPLETION TIME 3 years
COST PER CREDIT

$300 per credit (for Montessori diploma courses – first 26 credits)
$635* per credit (for remaining 10 credits)

*Tuition for the AMI elementary Montessori diploma is billed separately through Montessori Northwest.
COURSE FORMAT

Summers on campus
Core education courses are available online or on campus.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

March 15 for early admissions. All other applications should be submitted as soon as possible.

*for the 2017-18 academic year

Overview:

  • Earn your master of education, emphasis in Montessori, and your Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) elementary Montessori diploma simultaneously.
  • Complete your master's degree in less than three years.
  • Specialized summer Montessori program allows you to work full time during the regular school year.

In partnership with Montessori Northwest and in affiliation with the Association Montessori Internationale, Whitworth's new master of education, emphasis in Montessori can be earned simultaneously with an AMI diploma in just three summers.

The Montessori elementary (ages 6-12) education diploma will qualify and prepare you to teach in a Montessori classroom and to foster a passion for learning with each elementary child. Just as each child has a unique learning style, each teacher can adapt to provide an individualized education experience and encourage each child's natural excitement for learning.

Whether you're seeking a Montessori diploma with a master's degree – or your AMI diploma only – Whitworth has an option for you.

MONTESSORI DIPLOMA ONLY
(26 CREDITS)

The three-summer series of Montessori preparation courses will allow you to acquire your elementary AMI diploma in only 26 credits. The course series begins at Whitworth in summer 2015.

Cost per credit: Please see the Montessori Northwest website for more information.

Apply to Montessori Northwest.

MONTESSORI DIPLOMA WITH MASTER'S DEGREE
(36-39 CREDITS)

This track includes a three-summer, on-campus course series (26 credits) to allow you to earn your AMI diploma. With only three additional courses (10 credits), which are offered either online or on campus, you'll also earn your M.Ed., emphasis in Montessori.

Cost per credit: Please see the Montessori Northwest website for AMI diploma pricing information. The master’s degree is $300 per credit for the Montessori diploma courses (26 credits) in addition to the 2015-16 GSE tuition rate for each additional credit.

Apply to Montessori Northwest and Whitworth University.

MONTESSORI DIPLOMA WITH MASTER’S DEGREE AND TEACHER CERTIFICATION

In addition to the three-summer Montessori course series through which you can earn your AMI diploma, you may also earn your master’s degree with Washington State Teacher Certification through one of the following programs:

  • Whitworth’s evening, accelerated-format teacher certification program (ETC)
  • Whitworth’s full-time day master in teaching program (MIT)

The Montessori coursework is included as part of the selected teacher preparation program; additional courses are necessary to fulfill certification requirements.

Cost per credit: Please see the Montessori Northwest website for AMI diploma pricing information. Master’s degree/teacher certification pricing is $300 per credit for the AMI diploma courses (26 credits), in addition to:

  • 2015-16 evening tuition rate for each additional credit in the ETC Program
  • 2015-16 MIT tuition rate for each additional credit in the MIT Program

Apply to Montessori Northwest and Whitworth University.

Convenient Schedule for Working Adults

Whitworth's Montessori preparation courses (26 credits) are offered over three summer semesters, while the remaining courses for your master's degree are offered online or on campus throughout the rest of the year. The Montessori program was designed with specific time for practicum experiences and graduate research projects to accommodate working professionals.

Cohort Format

Once you begin the program, you will participate as part of a cohort during the three-summer Montessori program, which will provide a built-in support system and help you establish your own network of professional colleagues. The cohort will take each of the classes together in sequence, so you can begin and end the program with the same group of educators.

Courses for this program begin in summer 2015.

Enhance Your Career Opportunities

With only 15 AMI-certified Elementary trainers in the world, Montessori educators are in high demand. Earn your AMI diploma and your M.Ed., emphasis in Montessori, and you'll be certain to open the door to many new career opportunities in the United States and abroad.

For more information regarding Montessori teacher training, please visit the Montessori Northwest website.

The M.Ed., emphasis in Montessori education program is a 36-credit* program that allows you to earn both your master's degree and your AMI elementary diploma. Each course is designed to enhance your teaching capabilities to facilitate children's learning through Montessori training.

A current teaching certificate is not required for applicants to the M.Ed., emphasis in Montessori education program, although Whitworth does offer program options to allow you to earn your teaching credentials concurrently with the AMI diploma and master's degree. Please call for more information.

*39 credits are required for students who have not yet taken Montessori Foundations. Students enrolled in Whitworth’s ETC or MIT program to complete the master's degree with teacher certification will have additional courses to complete.

Required Core Courses (10 credits)

EDU 515 Educational Research – online or on campus

4 credits

EDU 550 Core: Milestones in Education – online or on campus

3 credits

EDU 596 Graduate Research Project

3 credits


Montessori Courses (26 credits)

Summer 2015 (June 22-August 14)

EDT 501 Montessori Foundations (waived if already taken)

3 credits

EDT 502 The Philosophy and Psychology of the Montessori Method

2 credits

EDT 503A Elementary Science Methods: Earth, Biological, and Physical Science Curriculum and Instruction

1 credit

EDT 506A Elementary Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction

2 credits

EDT 504 Elementary Social Studies Methods

2 credits

EDT 505A Language Arts Curriculum and Instruction

2 credits


Summer 2016 (June 20-August 16)

EDT 503B  Elementary Science Methods: Earth, Biological, and Physical Science Curriculum and Instruction

3 credits

EDT 505B Language Arts Curriculum and Instruction

2 credits

EDT 506B Elementary Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction

2 credits


Summer 2017 (June 19-August 11)

EDT 503C Elementary Science Methods: Earth, Biological, and Physical Science Curriculum and Instruction

1 credit

EDT 507 Music, Drama, and Art Methods for the Elementary Years

2 credits

EDT 506C Elementary Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction

2 credits

Practicum (to be completed any fall or spring after summer 2015)

 

EDT 508 Practicum A: The Observation of the Montessori Classroom

2 credit

EDT 509 Practicum B: Student Teaching Internship

3 credits


Do I need to be a certified teacher to be admitted to the program?

No. A teaching credential is not required for an applicant to enter the program.

Do I have to wait until I've been admitted to Montessori Northwest before applying to Whitworth?

Yes, please wait. You will also need to request a separate copy of certified transcripts to be submitted to each institution.

If I choose not to apply to Whitworth's M.Ed., emphasis in Montessori program this year, can I apply once I've finished my AMI training?

No. You must apply for Whitworth's graduate program before the course begins. You must register and pay tuition to Whitworth while you are doing your AMI training in order for that coursework to be graded and counted toward the degree.

Can I apply for financial aid?

Yes. Students in Whitworth's M.Ed., emphasis in Montessori education program are eligible for financial aid. We recommend that you apply for financial aid at the time you apply for the program. Students who are enrolled only in the AMI diploma program are not eligible for financial aid.

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