Program Details

Two options for a Montessori credential.

Looking for a high-quality education in the Montessori Method? The KSOE offers two different credentials to match your career goals through the American Montessori Society. Each program is accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE):

1.    American Montessori Society Early Childhood Credential (29 units)
2.    American Montessori Society Elementary Education Credential (29 units)

 

Course of study for Early Childhood Credential

(Children 2.5 to 6 years):

Specialization courses (23 units)

  • MONT 210: Learning and Development (3 units)
  • MONT 261: Montessori Philosophy in a Cultural Context (3 units)
  • ECE 231: Positive Discipline and Classroom Management (2 units)
  • ECE 259: Practical Life Curriculum (2 units)
  • ECE 260: Conceptual Curriculum (Sensorial) (2 units)
  • ECE 263: Mathematics: Conceptual Learning (3 units)
  • ECE 264: Language and Reading Development (3 units)
  • ECE 266: Study of the Sciences (3 units)
  • ECE 267: Creative Arts I (1 unit)
  • ECE 268: Creative Arts II (1 unit)

Field Experience (6-8 units)

  • MONT 311: Field Observations and Seminars I (1 unit)
  • MONT 312: Field Observations and Seminars II (1 unit)
  • MONT 320: Internship I (2-3 units)
  • MONT 330: Internship II (2-3 units)

 

Course of study for Elementary Education Credential

(Children 6 to 12 years)

Specialization courses (23 units)

  • MONT 210: Learning and Development (3 units)
  • 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)
  • ECE 231: Positive Discipline & Classroom Management (2 units)
  • Montessori Early Childhood Course of Study or MONT 287: Montessori Overview (2 units or equivalent experience)

Field Experience (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)

 

Turn your credential into a Master of Arts degree!

Earning a credential in Montessori Early Childhood or Montessori Elementary Education is your first step toward a rewarding career. But you can make an even greater impact on young learners—and increase your salary, too—with a Master of Arts in Montessori Education. The additional three-class research strand includes:

  • EDUC 572 Research Seminar 1
  • EDUC 582 Research Seminar 2
  • EDUC 592 Thesis or 597 Thesis Project

 

Where are classes held?

We make it easy to earn a Montessori credential. All classes are held in Berkeley at the American International Montessori School, within three short walking blocks from a BART station.