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M.Ed. Montessori, Early Learning

The Montessori early learning degree program offers the opportunity to earn your AMI Assistants to Infancy (ages 0-3) or Primary (3-6) diploma with Montessori Northwest, preparing you to teach in a Montessori classroom. 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.

Degree Snapshot
Credits 36
Class Format
  • Assistants to Infancy (Ages 0-3)
  • Primary (Ages 3-6)

See Montessori Northwest's website for program location and enrollment dates.

Cost Per Credit $675* per credit

Tuition includes the AMI Montessori diploma
Application Deadline Please visit Montessori Northwest for application deadlines for the Primary and Assistants to Infancy program deadlines.  

*for the 2020-21 academic year

Program Options

Montessori Diploma Only

The Montessori preparation courses will allow you to acquire your AMI diploma in Assistants to Infancy (0-3) or Primary (3-6). If you choose to earn just your Montessori diploma, you will only apply with Montessori Northwest.

Montessori Diploma with Master's Degree

Complete 27 credits of coursework through your AMI diploma training. With nine credits of additional online coursework, you can also earn your M.Ed. in Montessori, Early Learning. 

Master's Degree Only

If you already have your AMI diploma, you can earn your M.Ed. in Teaching & Learning with an area of concentration in Montessori in just 22 credits. 

Program Requirements

Master of Education in Montessori, Early Learning (36 credits)

For course descriptions and learning outcomes of this major, please view the course catalog.

Assistants to Infancy

Coursework included in AMI Diploma (27 credits)
EDT 501 Montessori Foundations 3 credits
EDT 508 Observation of the Montessori Classroom 2 credits
EDT 509 Student Teaching Internship 3 credits
EDT 513 The Autonomous Child: Child, Family & Community 2 credits
EDT 515 Effective Learning Environments 2 credits
EDT 519 Human Growth & Development: Infancy 3 credits
EDT 520 Human Growth & Development: Toddlers 3 credits
EDT 521 Integrated Methods for Infants 2 credits
EDT 522 Integrated Methods for Toddlers 3 credits
EDU 515 Educational Research
May be substituted with EDT 524 Graduate Capstone.
4 credits
Additional Online Coursework for Master's (9 credits)
EDT 510 Neurobiological Perspectives on Developmental Education 3 credits
EDT 511 Early Intervention, Special Education & Family Engagement 3 credits
EDT 512 Advanced Seminar on Language & Literacy 3 credits

Primary

Coursework included in AMI Diploma (27 credits)
EDT 501 Montessori Foundations 3 credits
EDT 508 Observation of the Montessori Classroom 2 credits
EDT 509 Student Teaching Internship 3 credits
EDT 513 The Autonomous Child: Child, Family & Community 2 credits
EDT 514 Creative & Critical Thinking in Young Children 2 credits
EDT 515 Effective Learning Environments 2 credits
EDT 516 Early Childhood Instructional Methods for the Arts 3 credits
EDT 517 Emergent Literacy Instructional Methods 3 credits
EDT 518 Mathematics & Science Methods for Early Childhood 3 credits
EDU 515 Educational Research
May be substituted with EDT 524 Graduate Capstone.
4 credits
Additional Online Coursework for Master's (9 credits)
EDT 510 Neurobiological Perspectives on Developmental Education 3 credits
EDT 511 Early Intervention, Special Education & Family Engagement 3 credits
EDT 512 Advanced Seminar on Language & Literacy 3 credits

Cohort Format

Once you begin the program, you will participate as part of a cohort, 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.

Program Costs

Tuition for the master's degree is $675 per credit and includes the AMI Montessori diploma.

*Variance of total cost may occur due to annual changes in fees and tuition per credit. 

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarships are available through both Montessori Northwest and Whitworth University.

Financial aid is available for students enrolled in the master's-level program. We recommend that you apply for financial aid at the time you apply for the program. Students enrolled only in the AMI diploma program are not eligible for financial aid. Contact the Whitworth Financial Aid Office (finaid@whitworth.edu) for more information.

How to Apply

Step 1: Apply to Montessori Northwest

Contact Montessori Northwest (info@montessori-nw.org) if you have any questions. Students applying for the diploma-only option do not need to apply to Whitworth University.

Step 2: Apply to Whitworth University

After you've been accepted to Montessori Northwest, please follow Whitworth's Graduate Studies in Education admissions process. Contact our office (gradadmissions@whitworth.edu) if you have any questions.

You may use the same recommenders for both applications. Separate official transcripts will need to be sent to both Montessori Northwest and Whitworth University.

Frequently Asked Questions

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. 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. 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.