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Montessori, M.Ed.

With Montessori teachers in high-demand, you can open doors to new career opportunities in the United States and abroad. Designed to meet your career and personal goals, Whitworth University collaborated with Montessori Northwest and The National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector to develop a program that offers training and expertise from leaders in public Montessori education.

  • Options to earn your Montessori diploma, master's degree and teacher certification
  • Online Montessori Surround Courses focus on working with students in the public sector
  • Internships in or near your hometown
  • Spokane and Portland locations are available

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Whitworth offers several Montessori Education program options:

Cohort Format

Once you begin the 36-credit 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. Tuition for the master's degree with state certification will include one additional semester of student teaching and coursework. Contact the director of Whitworth's Montessori program at 509.777.3459 for options. 

*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 ( for more information.

How to Apply

Step 1: Apply to Montessori Northwest

Contact Montessori Northwest ( 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 application process. Contact our office ( 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.

Community Partnerships

Whitworth University collaborates with leading public Montessori education organizations to offer a versatile program designed to meet your career and personal goals, with access to training opportunities from experts in the field.

Montessori Northwest

Since 1979, Montessori Northwest has worked to inspire new thinking about education and the nature of childhood. Montessori Northwest offers rigorous, practical and in-depth adult education, in affiliation with the Associate Montessori Internationale (AMI).

The National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector

Founded in 2012, The National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector (NCMPS) is an independent non-profit organization that provides a range of services, from school start-up, to resource development, professional development and advocacy, in order to support the growth of public Montessori in the United States.

Whitworth is the only university in the country partnered with NCMPS to support and expand public Montessori education.

Montessori Surround Courses

NCMPS and Whitworth University offer three online courses. These courses are designed for Montessori practitioners to extend initial teacher preparation and provide in-depth training on working successfully with special populations, social and emotional needs, literacy, classroom management and more. 

Contact the director of Whitworth's Montessori program at 509.777.3459 or for more information and course dates.


Course InformationCostDates
Neurobiological Perspectives on Developmental Education $450 Sept. 11-Nov. 13, 2020
Early Intervention, Special Education and Family Engagement $450 Nov. 18, 2020-Feb. 26, 2021
Advanced Seminar on Language and Literacy $450 March 1-May 21, 2021

General Statement of Business

This school is a business unit of a corporation and is authorized by the state of Oregon to offer and confer the academic degrees and certificates described herein, following a determination that state academic standards will be satisfied under OAR 583-030.  Inquiries concerning the standards or school compliance may be directed to the Office of Degree Authorization, 255 Capitol St. NE, Salem, Oregon 97310.