UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Montessori Teacher Education

Master of Science in Education (MSE)

Elementary Education Initial Teaching Certification

Montessori Certification

The Graduate Montessori Teacher Education program was created to meet the need for Montessori-certified teachers in Wisconsin and Minnesota, as identified by a study of K-12 superintendents and public and private Montessori principals and coordinators. Students can chose to earn Montessori certification for age levels 3-6, 6-9 or 9-12 and a master of science in education degree.

Who Should Enroll

  • K-12 certified teachers seeking Montessori certification to teach in a private or public Montessori schools
  • Persons with bachelor's degree seeking Montessori certification to teach in a private Montessori school

Key Features

  • Earn Montessori certification for age levels 3-6, 6-9 or 6-12.
  • Schedule and location of classes accommodate working professionals, including evening, online and weekends.
  • Complete the certificate and/or master's degree for Early Childhood or Elementary-I in six semesters.
  • Access fully-equipped Montessori classrooms.
  • No campus fees charged for classes held off campus.
  • MACTE-accredited and AMS-affiliated for Early Childhood and Elementary I-II courses through the year 2020.

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Program Curriculum

The academic plan will depend on the age level certification and whether or not a master's degree is also sought.

Early Childhood (ages 3-6) Certification, 28 credits

MONT 500 Montessori Philosophy and Pedagogy, 2 cr.
MONT 710 Practical Life, Sensorial, and Preparation of the Environment, 4 cr.
MONT 712 Child Development and Observation 3 cr.
MONT 722 Language Arts and Literacy Foundations, 3 cr.
MONT 732 Cultural Arts (Social Studies and Science), 3 cr.
MONT 742 EC Mathematics 2 cr.
MONT 752 Movement and the Arts 2 cr.
MONT 762 Classroom Leadership, 3 cr.
MONT 781 and MONT 782 Practicum A and B, 2 cr. each, total 4 cr.
MONT 791 and MONT 792 Certification Projects A and B, 1 credit each, total 2 cr.

Add On Master of Science in Education, 4 additional credits

Complete the courses required above then complete the following courses:
MONT 785 Research Methods, 3 cr.
MONT 793 Plan B Paper, 3 cr. (replaces MONT 791 and 792 in Certification curriculum)

Elementary I (ages 6-9) Certification, 35-38 cr.

MONT 500 Montessori Philosophy and Pedagogy, 2 cr.
MONT 505* Overview of EC Curriculum, 3 cr.
MONT 712 Child Development and Observation, 3 cr.
MONT 724 Language Arts and Literacy, 4 cr. (pending approval)
MONT 734 E-I Social Studies (Culture), 3 cr.
MONT 735 E-I Science, 3 cr.
MONT 744 Elementary I Math, 3 cr.
MONT 745 E-I Geometry, 2 cr.
MONT 754 Physical Education and Arts, 4 cr.
MONT 764 Elementary Classroom Leadership, 3 cr.
MONT 783 and MONT 784 Practicum A and B, 3 cr. each, total 6 cr.
MONT 791 and MONT 792 Certification Projects A and B, 1 credit each, total 2 cr.

*Required if student does not have Montessori certification in Early Childhood (ages 3-6).

Add On Master of Science in Education, 4 additional credits

Complete the courses required above then complete the following courses:
MONT 785 Research Methods, 3 cr.
MONT 793 Plan B Paper, 3 cr. (replaces MONT 791 and 792 in Certification curriculum)

Add On Elementary II (ages 9-12) Certification, 15 additional credits

Complete the Elementary 1 courses above unless the applicant is already certified to teach ages 6-9 and then complete the following courses:
MONT 726 E-II Language Arts and Literacy, 3 cr. (pending approval)
MONT 736 E-II History and Geography, 3 cr.
MONT 737 E-II Physical Sciences, 2 cr.
MONT 738 E-II Biological Sciences, 2 cr.
MONT 747 E-II Geometry, 2 cr.
MONT 746 E-II Math, 3 cr.


Tuition and Fees

Visit the Accounts Receivable web page for tuition rates. Minnesota residents may apply for tuition reciprocity at the following web sitelink.


Admissions

Before registering for a class, you will need to apply to the UW-River Falls graduate program in MSE Elementary Education and pay the application fee. Apply onlinelink at and include a statement that you intend to enter the Montessori program and the age level 3-6, 6-9 or 9-12.

Administrators or others taking classes for professional development only may apply as a temporary graduate student and the application fee is waived. See Taking Classes for Credit for more information.

Your application is not complete until we receive official transcripts from your past colleges or universities. Request that these be sent directly from the institution to our Graduate Admissions office.

Once you have been admitted for graduate study, you will receive instructions on how to register for classes online.

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For More Information

Linda Jacobson, Outreach Program Manager
Emailmail
715-425-3190 or 800-228-5607

Dr. Gay Ward, College of Education and Professional Studies
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