Master of Arts in Education: Montessori Teacher Education

Admission requirements

  • A completed bachelor’s degree from an institution that is accredited by a nationally recognized, regional accrediting association;
  • Undergraduate cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or better on a 4.0 scale. If the applicant's GPA is less than 3.0, an explanatory statement should be included with the application. Additional information, such as Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, also may be required.


The priority application deadline is May 1. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis. Students must be formally admitted to St. Catherine University and to the Montessori Teacher Education program before beginning classes. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that her or his application file is completed by the application deadline.

Application instructions

Application form

Complete all sections of the online application form, or print and complete all sections of the paper application form.

Application fee

Submit a $35 non-refundable application fee. Make check or money order payable to St. Catherine University. This fee is waived for students who:

  • Previously applied to St. Catherine University (at the undergraduate or graduate level)
  • Attended a graduate information session
  • Had an individual appointment with admission staff or graduate faculty

If one or more of the above statements applies to you:

  • If you are submitting a paper application: do not include payment with your application form.
  • If you are submitting an online application: choose the waiver option when asked for a form of payment.

If you pay the application fee but are eligible to have it waived, please note that your application fee will not be refunded.

Personal statement

Prepare a personal essay that demonstrates written communication skills and clarifies your purpose in pursuing a graduate Montessori program. Do not exceed one typed, double-spaced page for each topic. Please address the following:

  • Your philosophy of education. Do not try to interpret the Montessori philosophy; make it your own philosophy.
  • Your experience/background in working with children.
  • Personal talents and experiences you will bring to the program.

Personal statements should be mailed to the Office of Graduate Admission at the address at the bottom of this page or via e-mail to Please type your full name at the top of your statement and include "Montessori Personal Statement" in the subject line.


Submit a current, typed résumé highlighting professional and volunteer experiences.

You may send your résumé via e-mail to Please include “Montessori Résumé” in the subject line.

Recommendation letters

Two letters of recommendation are required for every applicant. These letters should be completed by professional or academic references who can attest to the intellectual ability, professional competence and leadership ability of the applicant. Letters must be sent directly from the references to the Office of Graduate Admission at the address listed at the bottom of this page.

Academic transcripts

Official transcripts are required from each post-secondary institution attended, even if courses are recorded on another transcript and regardless of the number of credits earned. Applicants must submit two official transcripts from the institution that granted their highest degree. Applicants who do not have a baccalaureate degree and are applying to the Associate Early Childhood credential program also must submit official high school transcripts or the general equivalency diploma (GED).

All transcripts should be mailed in a sealed envelope directly from the registrar of each institution to the Office of Graduate Admission at St. Catherine University. Transcripts that do not meet these criteria  will be considered unofficial and will not be used to complete the applicant's file.

GRE scores

Applicants who do not meet the academic performance requirement (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) may be asked to submit official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). This requirement is waived for students who have completed a graduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Montessori credential

A copy of any Montessori credential already held and/or a copy of the applicant's current teaching license, if held, must be submitted with the application.


Applicants whose native language is not English are required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 600 or better on the paper and pencil test, 100 on the iBT or 250 on the computerized test or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a score of 90 or better. This requirement is waived for students who have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the United States.

Credential evaluation

Applicants with a college or university degree completed outside of the United States must submit an official evaluation from World Education Services as well as original transcripts and official translations of all documents not in English. All costs related to document translation and evaluation are the applicant's responsibility.

International applicants

Please read instructions for international applicants »

Submitting materials

Submit all items listed below to:

St. Catherine University
Graduate Admission, Mail Stop 4027
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applications with the items listed above and received by St. Catherine University will be considered by the Admission Committee. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.