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Montessori Teacher Education

The Graduate Montessori Teacher Education Program was created to meet the need for Montessori-credentialed teachers in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Students may choose to take classes in River Falls or at a satellite teaching site in Appleton, Wisconsin, and can earn a Montessori credential for age levels 3-6, 6-9 or 6-12 and continue on to obtain a Master's of Science in Education degree.  Others may take individual courses for professional development.

Who Should Enroll

  • K-12 licensed teachers seeking a Montessori credential to teach in private or public Montessori schools
  • Persons with a bachelor's degree seeking a Montessori credential and license to teach in a public Montessori school in Wisconsin.
  • Persons with a bachelor's degree seeking Montessori credential to teach in a private Montessori school in states other than Wisconsin.

Key Features

  • Earn a Montessori credential for age levels 3-6, 6-9, or 6-12.
  • Weekend (academic year) and condensed (summer) format classes complemented by online instruction throughout the semesters
  • Two locations of classes accommodates working professionals from broad geographic area
  • Complete the credential and/or Master's degree for Early Childhood, Elementary I, or Elementary I-II in six consecutive semesters.
  • Access fully equipped Montessori classrooms
  • No campus fees for classes held off campus.
  • River Falls program is MACTE accredited and AMS affiliated for all levels (EC, E1 and E1-2) through 2020.

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Tuition and Fees

Tuition for students attending classes in River Falls is $440/credit. Tuition for students attending at the Appleton location is $496/credit. The increased fee is needed to cover expenses associated with operating a satellite site.  

Classes held outside of the River Falls campus are not assessed campus fees, with the exception of those held at the UWRF Hudson Center. Class location may be identified by the course section numbers: 33 for the River Falls Public Montessori School; 65 for the UWRF Hudson Center; and 50 for Appleton Montessori School.

Special course fees are assessed for the following courses: MONT 711/ MONT 712 will have a $42 fee for background checks; MONT 781/ MONT 783 will have a fee to cover the required AMS/MACTE student membership fees.

Students should also expect to spend $2,000 to $2,300 in additional expenses for books, teaching albums and supplies.


Before registering for a class, you will need to apply to the UW-River Falls graduate program in Montessori Teacher Education and pay the application fee. Apply online and indicate which Montessori credential age level 3-6, 6-9 or 9-12 you are interested in obtaining.

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 the Graduate Admissions Office, 112 South Hall, 410 S. Third Street, River Falls, WI 54022.

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

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The Montessori Teacher Education Program in River Falls is an AMS-affiliated Montessori Teacher Education Program for its Early Childhood and Elementary I-II courses through the year 2020.

American Montessori Society
116 East 16th Street
NY, NY 10003
Phone: 212-358-1250
Fax: 212-358-1256


This program is accredited through the Montessori Accreditation Council of Teacher Education (MACTE).

Professional Development Workshops

View upcoming workshops and register online.

Registration Open

For More Information

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

Melina Papadimitriou, Program Coordinator

Contact Us

Admissions Office
M-F 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
112 South Hall