Acknowledging Montessori for a Master's Program (AM2) - MA

Montessori Education and Leadership (Formerly Acknowledging Montessori for a Master's Program (AM2))

The Montessori Education and Leadership Program is a master's level program that recognizes and acknowledges the graduate-level work done by Montessori teachers in their teacher education programs. The program offers credentialed teachers 15 graduate credits for their Montessori teacher education and offers a pathway through which Montessori teachers can achieve a Master of Arts in Education degree. This program is online and can be completed in a year.

Coursework includes support in critical reflection, critical reading, and writing skills, as well as an Action Research project. Through this program, you will deepen your understanding of key Montessori practices of the Preparation of the Adult and Observation skills with an Anti-Bias, Anti-Racist lens. Your courses are taught by instructors who are Montessori trained. 

This program is suited for both classroom teachers and leaders in education. Throughout the program, you will choose areas of research that will further inform your work as an educator and continue the ongoing preparation of the Montessori Educator.


To be admitted to the Montessori Education and Leadership Program, the applicant must meet all graduate admission standards and procedures for the Master of Arts in Education Program, including having a GPA of 3.0 or above. In addition, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. The applicant must possess a valid Montessori credential for Infant/Toddler (ages 0-2.5), Early Childhood (ages 2.5–6), Elementary I (ages 6–9), Elementary I-II (ages 6–12), or Adolescent (12-18). This must be a full Montessori credential, not a provisional, temporary, or associate credential.

  2. The applicant must have received his or her Montessori teacher education through the American Montessori Society, the Association Montessori Internationale, or another fully MACTE accredited Montessori Center.

  3. The applicant must have had a verified baccalaureate degree upon entering the program.

  4. The applicant's Montessori teacher education was not applied to any other degree or program besides his or her original Montessori credential.


EDUC 799XMontessori Certification Credit (Term 1 - 9 credits, Term 2 - 3 credits, Term 3 - 3 credits)15
EDUC 6210Critical Studies in Montessori Education3
EDUC 6220Holistic Practices for Community & Self3
EDUC 6230Education Leadership3
EDUC 6670Introduction to Action Research3
EDUC 6760Advanced Action Research3
EDUC 8920Action Research Project1
Total Credits31