Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
Specialization in Montessori Education
Department of Learning and Teaching
This program, in partnership with the Montessori Institute of San Diego, is designed for educators interested in becoming Montessori trained and earning an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) diploma, or for those interested in increasing their pedagogical understanding of the principles behind Montessori education. The program includes observation and fieldwork in homes and AMI infant, toddler and primary classroom settings. Coursework includes a focus on parent and community education, as well as the design, implementation, analysis and publication of original research on the effectiveness of different pedagogical practices in Montessori classrooms.
What can I do with this degree?
Upon completion, students will earn an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and Association Montessori Internationale diploma certifying them to teach children from 3 to 6 years of age. Students may choose to add to their course of study a certification in teaching children from birth to three years of age (assistants to infancy). Graduates typically teach in Montessori schools, not in the public education system (as this program of study does not include a state teaching credential).
Who should apply?
This program is designed to prepare students for teaching careers in Montessori classrooms. Our students include recent graduates, career changers, and educators who wish to become Montessori trained. Experience working with young children is recommended but not required.