College for Adults | School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences

Early Childhood Education — Montessori

Earn credits for your Montessori credential

Are you a credentialed 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 can earn credit for your previous Montessori training, expand your teaching expertise, and learn to advance social justice through early childhood education. If you choose, you may also meet requirements for a Minnesota license to teach children ages 0-8.

If you do not yet have a Montessori credential, consider St. Kate’s other Early Childhood Education licensure and bachelor’s options.

Program Details

  • Classes meet: Online
  • Credits for major: 50
  • Credits granted for Montessori credential: 19 (if you’re pursuing bachelor's and licensure), 25 (if you’re pursuing bachelor’s degree only)

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?

You will take a series of liberal arts and early childhood education courses in a fully online format.

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

Licensure track

You may choose to also meet requirements for a State of Minnesota early childhood (ages 0-8) teaching license. In this option, you’ll complete 100 hours of field experience throughout the program and a final student teaching experience – a full-time immersion in teaching at a school in or near your community.

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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

Scholarship opportunities for Montessori and early childhood educators include:

  • Jeri Grant Miller Scholarship. Each spring, this scholarship is awarded to two early childhood education students at St. Kate's. The $500 awards may be used for any expenses related to your education at St. Kate's.
  • Minnesota T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship. A scholarship for early childhood and school-age care professionals in Minnesota. While benefits vary, for most recipients T.E.A.C.H. covers the majority of tuition and textbook expenses, as well as travel stipends and paid release time. For details, see the Child Care Aware of Minnesota web site.

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Major Course Requirements

Major Course Requirements

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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.