Undergraduate Minor in Montessori Thought

Interested in a Minor in Montessori Thought?

Saint Mary’s College undergraduate students can take courses offered by the Montessori Education Program to complete a Minor in Montessori Thought. Graduates of Saint Mary's undergraduate program may continue their Montessori education, including participation in a paid internship and completion of curriculum requirements to earn the American Montessori Society Early Childhood or Elementary Credential and a Master’s degree in Montessori Education.

What's required?

Students must meet with their advisor and the Montessori Education Program Director, Patricia Chambers, as early in their academic career as possible. Undergraduate students who think they might be interested in teaching as a career may take courses in the Kalmanovitz School of Education, with the permission of their advisor and the course instructor.

Required course: Early Childhood Education Focus

In addition to completing EDUC 144 (Cognitive Development) the student will take a Jan Term class in Early Childhood Field Experince. The minor requires three courses and a half-credit (undergraduate courses are measured in credits; graduate courses are measured in units) from the list of electives.

Required credits (3)

  • MEC 161: Montessori Philosophy in a Cultural Context, 1 credit
  • MEC 163: Mathematics: Conceptual Learning, 1 credit
  • MEC 164: Language and Reading Development, 1 credit

Electives (a half-credit required for a minor)

  • MEC 131: Classroom Leadership, .5 credits
  • MEC 159: Practical Life Curriculum, .5 credits
  • MEC 160: Conceptual Curriculum, .5 credits
  • MEC 166: Study of the Sciences, 1 credit
  • MEC 167: Creative Arts I, .25 credits
  • MEC 168: Creative Arts II, .25 credits
  • MEC 111: Field Observation and Seminars I, .25 credits
  • MEC 112: Field Observation and Seminars II, .25 credits