The Master of Arts degree in Montessori Education with an emphasis in Elementary Education is built upon and includes the completion of the American Montessori Society (AMS) Elementary I-II credential.  This program is affiliated with the American Montessori Society and accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE).  This program of study prepares students to teach in Montessori programs serving children ages 6 through 12 years.

Montessori Elementary Credential Courses (32 units)

Specialization Courses (26 units)
  • MONT 210 - Learning and Development, 3 units
  • MONT 223 - Technology in the Classroom, 1 unit
  • MONT 261 - Montessori Philosophy in a Cultural Context, 3 units
  • MONT 263 - Elementary Mathematics I, 3 units
  • MONT 264 - Language, Reading, and Writing, 3 units
  • MONT 265 - Elementary Foundations, 2 units
  • MONT 266 - Study of the Sciences, 3 units
  • MONT 267 - Creative Arts I, 1 unit
  • MONT 268 - Creative Arts II, 1 unit
  • MONT 269 Elementary Mathematics II, 2 units
  • MONT 270 - Integration and Personal Assessment, 2 units
  • ECE 231 - Positive Discipline & Classroom Management, 2 units
Field Experiences (6 units)
  • MONT 411 - Field Observations and Seminars I, 1 unit
  • MONT 412 - Field Observations and Seminars II, 1 unit
  • MONT 420 - Practicum I, 2 units
  • MONT 430 - Practicum II, 2 units

Research Courses (9 units)

  • EDUC 572 - Research Seminar I, 3 units
  • EDUC 582 - Research Seminar II, 3 units
  • EDUC 592 - Thesis, 3 units or EDUC 597 - Synthesis Project, 3 units

Note: Passing the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE) is required for unconditional acceptance to this graduate degree program and is a prerequisite to EDUC 572 (Research Seminar I). Therefore, all master's degree students are advised to pass the WPE in the first semester of their graduate coursework.

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