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Graduate Programs

Montessori Teacher Education

The Graduate Montessori Teacher Education Program was created to meet the need for Montessori-credentialed teachers in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Students can earn a Montessori credential for age levels 3-6 (EC), 6-9 (E1) or 6-12 (E2) 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 (EC), 6-9 (E1) or 6-12 (E2).
  • Weekend (academic year) and condensed (summer) format classes complemented by online instruction throughout the semesters
  • Complete the credential and/or Master's degree for Early Childhood or Elementary 1 in six, consecutive semesters. Elementary 2 credential requires seven, consecutive semesters including three summers.
  • 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 E2) through 2020.

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Tuition and Fees

To find current tuition rates, visit the Student Billing website.

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 satellite sites.

Special course fees are assessed for the MONT 781 and MONT 783 to cover the required AMS/MACTE student membership fees.

Students should also expect to spend $2,000 to $2,500 in additional expenses for books, teaching albums and supplies.

Application Instructions

  • Apply online at
  • Pay your application fee.
  • Request that official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended since high school institutions be sent directly to UW-River Falls Admissions Office by mail to 410 S. 3rd St., River Falls, WI 54022, or by email. This includes official transcripts from institutions which show transfer credits on your bachelor’s degree transcript.

To ensure your application is processed in time, you are encouraged to complete your application by following dates to begin your studies in your preferred term:

  • May 1 for summer term (summer is the preferred start time)
  • August 1 for fall term
  • December 1 for spring term

When you’ve been admitted, you’ll be sent instructions on how to register for classes and other information necessary to begin your course of study. This will include a Montessori Student Handbook and a list of books needed for your courses.

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.

Admission Requirements

  • An earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college;
  • An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 (on a four-point scale) or an average of at least 2.90 based on the last 64 semester credits (90 quarter credits) of the undergraduate program; and
  • Completed application received with $56 processing fee, three letters of recommendation and personal statement of why you want to pursue a Montessori credential.

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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).

For More Information

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

View the program flier

Contact Us

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