UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Montessori Teacher Education 

Montessori Teacher Education

The Graduate Montessori Teacher Education Program was created to meet the need for Montessori-credentialed teachers in Wisconsin and Minnesota. In addition to the site in River Falls, a satellite teaching site in Appleton, Wisconsin will be added beginning fall 2016. Students can choose to earn a Montessori credential for age levels 3-6, 6-9 or 6-12 with or without a Master's of Science in Education degree at either location.  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.

Back to top


Program Curriculum

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

Early Childhood (ages 3-6) Credential, 29 credits

MONT 500 Montessori Philosophy and Pedagogy, 2 cr.
MONT 710 Practical Life, Sensorial, and Preparation of the Environment, 4 cr.
MONT 702 Supporting At-Risk Learners in Early Childhood Classrooms, 1 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, 3 additional credits

Complete the courses required above then complete the following courses:
MONT 785 Research Methods, 3 cr.
MONT 793 Final Research Paper, 2 cr. (replaces MONT 791 and 792 in Credential curriculum)

Elementary I (ages 6-9) Credential, 37-40 credits

MONT 500 Montessori Philosophy and Pedagogy, 2 cr.
MONT 505* Overview of EC Curriculum, 3 cr.
MONT 704 Supporting AT-Risk Learners in Elementary Classrooms, 1 cr.
MONT 705 Great Lessons, 1 cr.
MONT 712 Child Development and Observation, 3 cr.
MONT 724 Reading and Language Arts, 4 cr.
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 credential in Early Childhood (ages 3-6).

Add On Master of Science in Education, 3 additional credits

Complete the courses required above then complete the following courses:
MONT 785 Research Methods, 3 cr.
MONT 793 Final Research Paper, 2 cr. (replaces MONT 791 and 792 in Credential curriculum)

Add On Elementary II (ages 6-12) Credential, 15 additional credits

Complete the Elementary 1 courses above unless the applicant is already credentialed to teach ages 6-9 and then complete the following courses:
MONT 726 E-II Language Arts and Literacy, 3 cr.
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

Beginning with summer 2016, tuition for students attending classes in River Falls will be $440/credit. Tuition rate for fall and spring will be determined in late July. 

Tuition for students attending at the Appleton location is expected to be about $500/credit and will also be determined in late July. 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.


Admissions

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.

Back to top

Watch our Montessori Program Video

montessorivideo

Many excellent videos on Montessori Education can be found on the internet.

For More Information

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

Melina Papadimitriou, Program Coordinator
Email
715-425-0601

Quick Response Form

   
   
   
   
   
 
 

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
E-mail: ams@amshq.org
Web: amshq.org

MACTEAccreditationLogo 

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

Contact Us

Admissions Office
graduateadmissions@uwrf.edu
715-425-3500
M-F 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
112 South Hall