Coursework

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Specialization in Montessori Education

Department of Learning and Teaching

Please note that this program is not accepting applications for admission.


Program of Study

Overview

The program is designed for educators interested in becoming Montessori trained and earning an Association Montessori Internationale (A.M.I.) diploma, or for those interested in increasing their pedagogical understanding of the principles behind Montessori education. The four semester program consists of 15 units of Montessori coursework completed through the Montessori Institute of San Diego and the remaining 15 units are earned through courses at the University of San Diego. The program includes:

  • Observation in homes, A.M.I. infant, toddler and primary classroom settings
  • Fieldwork in A.M.I. classrooms (those with A.M.I. certified teachers) with children, birth to six years of age, and, at times, their parents
  • Renowned Montessori practitioners and academic faculty who live the art and science of Montessori Education as standardized by Association Montessori Internationale
  • Balanced curriculum that provides students a deep understanding of both content and pedagogy
  • Focus on parent and community education: students learn how to bring Montessori education to parents and their children, schools and early childhood community services
  • Capstone Research seminar that supports students in the design, implementation, analysis and publication of original, classroom –focused, action research
  • MISD Montessori and USD education coursework that combines to offer candidates the theoretical basis and practical knowledge/field experiences necessary to conduct research, to teach, or to consult in schools and early childhood services
  • Field experiences and support in the design, implementation, analysis and publication of original research on the effectiveness in Montessori classrooms

International Experience

At SOLES, all masters and doctoral students participate in an international experience designed to support the growth of cultural competency. Our goal is to inform best practices in working with culturally diverse populations locally, nationally and globally.

For many students, this experience will include a one- to two-week, faculty-led course abroad. For students who prefer to stay in southern California, this experience may be fulfilled through research or coursework on international issues. Service trips and site visits across the border in Tijuana are offered regularly.

Learning and Teaching courses with an international component include:

  • Educational Leadership for Peace and Sustainability in Costa Rica (Summer 2013)
  • Cognition and Learning in Japan (Summer 2013)
  • Research Design and Methodology in Japan (Summer 2012)
  • Exploring the Underground Railroad (Summer 2012)

 

Curriculum

Fall I (9 units)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDTE 500 Foundations of the Montessori System of Education
3
EDTE 505 Human Relations and Self Awareness among Young Children
2
EDTE 507 Perceptual-Motor Development
2
EDTE 510 Language Arts/Reading Curriculum and Instruction
2

Spring I (9 units)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDTE 511 Mathematics and Science Curriculum and Instruction
3

Choose one of the following:

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 510 Cognition and Learning
3
EDUC 513 Human Development
3

Choose one course of these two:

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 529 Language, Literacy and Culture
3
EDUC 597 The Struggles for Educational Equity
3

Fall II (9 units)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 500 Research Design and Methodology
3
EDTE 506 Field Experience
3
EDUC* Master's Elective*
3

*In consultation with their academic advisor, students select 3 units of electives in Learning and Teaching, Special Education and/or Leadership Studies.

Spring II (3 units)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 580 Master's Capstone Seminar
3

Summer Coursework

Students who wish to add an Assistants to Infancy (ages 0-3) certification to their course of study complete additional coursework during the summer.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages of holding a master's degree in addition to an A.M.I. diploma?

  • An M.Ed. from a regionally accredited university such as USD is a trusted credential that has major significance for people across the globe. For students who may wish to open a school or otherwise enlist the trust and respect of adults who may not be familiar with Montessori, an M.Ed. from USD is a useful supplement to the A.M.I. diploma.
  • The balanced coursework (15 units from MISD and 15 from USD) gives students the best of both worlds: the program trains students as Montessori practitioners within a wider educational context. 
  • USD offers students the opportunity to conduct original action research under the close guidance of experts in the field. The Action Research Conference allows students to present their findings at a professional level forum and to network with action researchers from around the globe.

What makes this particular program unique from other master's programs in Montessori education?

  • This program includes original action research in Montessori classrooms and participation in the University of San Diego's international Action Research Conference.
  • This program includes significant face-to-face interaction with a variety of professors and practitioners at both MISD and USD over the course of two years. Students benefit from small class sizes and personalized faculty advising.
  • The cohort model fosters collaboration, community, and lifelong friendships and networking relationships for students.
  • Students may select an elective as well as choices within the required courses in order to customize their degree to meet their needs.
  • This program includes an internship in a Montessori classroom which is not included in some similar programs.

How long will the program take me?

Students complete this program in 2 years.

How many units are included?

The M.Ed. consists of 30 graduate units.

When are classes scheduled?

Classes taken at the Montessori Institute of San Diego (MISD) campus take place during the daytime hours. These classes are designated as EDTE in the curriculum above. MISD is located in La Jolla, approximately 9 miles (15 minutes driving) north of the University of San Diego.

Classes taken at the University of San Diego campus (designated as EDUC in the curriculum above) take place in the late afternoons and evenings.

In their second year students complete an internship in Montessori classrooms, which typically takes place during the daytime hours.

Can I work while completing this program?

Students typically do not work full-time while completing this program since MISD classes and Montessori fieldwork take place during the daytime hours.

Is this program offered online?

No, this program is offered on campus in San Diego only. There is no online, hybrid, or distance learning option available.