Program Details

Two Montessori credentials

The KSOE offers two different credentials through the American Montessori Society (AMS). Each program is accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE):

  • American Montessori Society Early Childhood Credential (29 units)
  • American Montessori Society Elementary Education Credential (29 units)

Course of study for Early Childhood Credential

(Children 3 through 6 years):

Specialization courses (23 units)

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

Field Experience (6-8 units)

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

Course of study for Elementary Education Credential

(Children 6 through 12 years)

Specialization courses (23 units)

  • MEL 210: Learning and Development (3 units)
  • MEL 261: Montessori Philosophy in a Cultural Context (3 units)
  • MEL 263: Elementary Mathematics I (3 units)
  • MEL 264: Language, Reading, and Writing (3 units)
  • MEL 265: Elementary Foundations (2 units)
  • MEL 266: Study of the Sciences (3 units)
  • MEL 267: Creative Arts I (1 unit)
  • MEL 268: Creative Arts II (1 unit)
  • MEL 269: Elementary Mathematics II (2 units)
  • MEL 231: Positive Discipline & Classroom Management (2 units)
  • Montessori Early Childhood Course of Study or MEL 287: Montessori Overview

Field Experience (6 units)

  • MEL 411: Field Observations and Seminars I (1 unit)
  • MEL 412:  Field Observations and Seminars II (1 unit)
  • MEL 420: Practicum I (2 units)
  • MEL 430: Practicum II (2 units)

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 (AIM), within three short walking blocks from a BART station.

Turn your credential into a Master of Arts degree!

After completion of the Montessori credential you are eligible to pursue a Master of Arts in Montessori Education with only three more classes. 

The additional three-class research strand includes:

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

If you have a credential from a MACTE accredited program, you are eligible to enroll in our Master of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis on Montessori pedagogy program. We will award you 15 units for your credential and you will only need to take 18 more units for your degree.

You may also be interested in the Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis on Supervision and Leadership. 

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