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Early Childhood Education — Montessori

Are you a Montessori educator who is interested in completing a bachelor’s degree — in a fully online format? Enroll in the new early childhood education degree program, where you’ll earn credit for your previous Montessori training, expand your teaching expertise, and learn to advance social justice through early childhood education.

Program Details

  • Classes meet: Online
  • Credits for major: 50
  • Credits granted for Montessori credential: 25

what can I do with a degree in early childhood education (Montessori)?

You are eligible for this online early childhood education degree if you have earned a teaching credential from a training center accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE). You’ll build on your credential and complete a bachelor’s degree that will prepare you for career advancement in Montessori early childhood education.

what will I study?

Students start in the summer of each year. You’ll begin with a three-day, on-campus orientation in St. Paul, Minn.

Then, you will take a series of liberal arts and early childhood education courses in a fully online format. You’ll learn with a close-knit group of fellow Montessori educators from across North America.

You’ll be granted 25 St. Kate’s credits for your Montessori teaching credential, which will be applied toward your 120-credit online early childhood education degree. If you have college experience, you may transfer in credits to meet some St. Kate’s liberal arts and elective course requirements.

Our program focuses on personal, social and institutional transformation. Working closely with experienced Montessori faculty, you’ll learn about:

  • Cultural, historical and social foundations of early childhood education
  • Anti-bias and anti-racist (ABAR) teaching strategies
  • Creating effective lesson plans
  • Assessment tools and standards
  • Infant, toddler and early elementary methods and materials
  • Special education
  • Technology in teaching and learning
  • Integrating ongoing renewal into your professional life
  • Leadership, communication, ethics and social justice

Hands-on learning includes 10 or more hours of infant and toddler field experience, a child case study, and the development of portfolios.

We are accepting applications for a summer 2018 start—apply now!

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why St. Kate’s?

At St. Catherine University, our mission is to develop socially aware, critically informed and innovative teachers from diverse backgrounds who effectively teach using a holistic, anti-bias, anti-racist approach influenced by Montessori philosophy. The Montessori early childhood education program is defined by:

Social Justice
We provide teacher candidates with the knowledge and skills to impact societal change through early childhood education.

Personal Transformation
We guide teacher candidates to greater understanding of themselves, children, and the world.

Innovative Teaching Methodology
We equip degree candidates with an individualized, anti-bias and anti-racist teaching approach influenced by Montessori philosophy that honors the whole child.

Holistic Teacher Education
We recognize the demands of teaching and learning, and believe that to be an effective teacher the mind, body, and spirit must be nurtured and supported.

Community Engagement
We commit to serving in, learning from, and collaborating with diverse communities who share a common vision of educational equity.

When you choose St. Kate’s for your early childhood education degree, you’ll find:

  • A program designed for Montessorians by Montessorians.
  • All major courses are taught by faculty with Montessori credentials and experience.
  • New ways to strengthen your teaching with anti-bias, anti-racist (ABAR) perspectives.
  • The opportunity to broaden your understanding of the early childhood years.
  • A virtual community made up of dedicated Montessori teachers from around the globe.

Tuition and Financial Aid

  • Tuition (2018-19): $445/credit
  • Financial Aid: Most College for Adults students receive some form of financial aid. Find out more

Tuition rates are subject to change each June 1. Additional costs for the program will include fees for student services and technology, books, etc

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Major Course Requirements

Major Course Requirements

Explore the required, supporting and recommended courses.

Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The path to a baccalaureate degree at St. Kate’s begins with a core curriculum that emphasizes intellectual inquiry and social teaching; challenging students to transformational leadership.



Our Montessori faculty are accomplished, experienced leaders and educators.