Purpose and Scope
The goal of the graduate program in Montessori education is to guide adults as they prepare for the work and the responsibility of helping each child to develop the fullness of his or her potential. The program provides students with opportunities to develop an understanding of a child's stages of development and the different conditions and strategies necessary to support development at each stage.
The Washington Montessori Institute (WMI) at Loyola University Maryland offers students the choice of specialized graduate study in Montessori Education at either the primary (ages 3-6) or elementary (ages 6-12) level. Graduates receive both the internationally recognized Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) diploma and the Master of Education (M.Ed.). The program is offered in a full-time academic year or multi-summer format (over three or four consecutive summers). The program is also offered in collaboration with affiliate AMI institutes.
A master's degree in Montessori education does not lead directly to state certification. Students must submit official transcripts and course descriptions directly to their respective State Departments of Education to determine if courses satisfy specific certification requirements.
Students seeking admission to the degree program in Montessori education must meet departmental admission criteria. In addition, demonstrated professional competence and/or academic ability as evidenced by letters of recommendation is required. A personal interview may also be requested. The program admits full-time students only.
Detailed admission information (application procedures, required documents, deadlines, etc.) can be found under Admission.
Candidates for the Montessori elementary program must either have an AMI primary diploma or must successfully complete the prerequisite course. The prerequisite course (MO 599) is not part of the credit hour requirements of the M.Ed. and requires an additional fee.