Education: AM2 Montessori Eligibility and Prerequisite Requirements
To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:
A completed bachelor's or graduate degree from an institution that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting organizations (e.g. Higher Learning Commission).
Grade Point Average
A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or higher on a 4.0 scale. If the applicant's GPA is less than 3.0, an explanatory statement should be submitted that addresses any factors that influenced previous academic performance, and how the applicant plans to ensure future academic success. Additional information, such as Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, also may be required.
How do I apply?
Please read the application instructions below before completing the online application at the bottom of this page.
The application deadlines for the AM2 program are May 1 (summer) and January 1 (spring). Applicants should submit all required materials at least four weeks in advance of the deadline; this allows enough time for the Admission Committee to complete the review process and notify accepted students so they can make travel arrangements for the required on-campus orientation.
Prepare a personal essay that demonstrates written communication skills and clarifies your purpose in pursuing this graduate Montessori program. Please address the following in your essay:
- Reflect on your experiences in Montessori education
- Identify your goals for personal and professional growth
- Describe past experiences that have prepared you for the rigor of a writing-intensive, master’s level program
- Describe how you envision this degree will help you in your profession
Montessori Leadership for Social Justice Scholarship
This is an optional topic - it is not required as part of the application process for admission into the graduate program. Only individuals who wish to be considered for this scholarship should address the topic below (included as topic #5 in the personal statement).
The St. Catherine University Master of Arts in Education or Acknowledging Montessori for a Masters (AM2) program prepares Montessori educators who are actively engaged in advancing equity and inclusion for all learners, including anti-bias, anti-racist applications of Montessori pedagogy. The University awards scholarships to new students who demonstrate a passion for and commitment to social justice. Please describe in a 500-700 word essay how you have demonstrated your commitment to equity and inclusion in your current or past work as an educator.
If you have already submitted the AM2 application form, you may upload your personal statement via your Application Status page (instructions for accessing the status page were provided at the time you submitted the application). Please include your full name at the top of the statement.
If you wish to submit the personal statement prior to the AM2 application, or if you are unable to upload the document to your Application Status page, you may send the statement as an attachment via email to email@example.com “AM2 Personal Statement” in the subject line.
Submit a current, typed résumé highlighting professional and volunteer experiences.
If you have already submitted the AM2 application form, you may upload your résumé via your Application Status page (instructions for accessing the status page were provided at the time you submitted the application).
If you wish to submit the résumé prior to the AM2 application, or if you are unable to upload the document to your Application Status page, you may send the résumé as an attachment via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "AM2 Résumé" in the subject line.
Two recommendations are required for AM2 applicants.
AM2 recommendation forms must be completed by individuals who can attest to the intellectual ability, professional competence and leadership ability of the applicant. Only professional or academic references will be considered; personal references are not acceptable.
A link to the recommendation form will be sent when the Recommendations section of the AM2 application form has been completed. Please alert your references in advance to expect an email from St. Catherine University. These are confidential recommendations submitted directly from the references to the Office of Graduate Admission; applicants who wish to view the recommendations are responsible for making the appropriate arrangements with their references.
Transcripts are required from each post-secondary institution attended (including PSEO coursework), even if courses are recorded on another transcript and regardless of the number of credits earned. For the initial review of your application, we will accept official transcripts sent directly from the institution or scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts. All documents must be up-to-date and include your name, institution name, all courses taken with grades and degrees received (if applicable). Screenshots from your institution’s website or degree evaluations from your student portal will not be accepted. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded using your applicant status page (a link is sent once you’ve started an application) or sent as an attachment to email@example.com.
Upon an offer of acceptance, applicants are required to submit official transcripts from the institution where they completed their Montessori training, as well as baccalaureate and graduate (if applicable) degree granting institutions, before registration for courses is allowed. Paper transcripts must 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. Electronic transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to St. Catherine (firstname.lastname@example.org); electronic transcripts forwarded by the applicant will not be accepted.
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). The test date must be within five calendar years prior to the term of intended enrollment. To have official scores submitted to St. Catherine University, applicants completing the GRE should use the institution code 6105.
Test scores are not required for applicants who have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, or who have completed a graduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Montessori Credential or Montessori Diploma
In addition to official transcripts, a copy of any Montessori credential or Montessori Diploma already held must be submitted with the application. The credential must demonstrate that the applicant holds a valid Montessori credential or Montessori Diploma for Early Childhood (ages 2.5–6), Elementary I (ages 6–9) or Elementary II (ages 6–12).
This must be a full Montessori credential or Montessori Diploma, not a provisional, temporary or associate credential. The credential must be granted by the American Montessori Society, Association Montessori Internationale or another program accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE). Please note that upper elementary stand-alone programs are not accredited by MACTE and cannot be granted credit through AM2.
If the applicant earned academic credit from this Montessori credential or Montessori Diploma training, the credit must not have been applied toward any other degree or program other than her or his original Montessori credential or Montessori Diploma.
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the iBT, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5. This requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the United States.
Applicants with a college or university degree completed outside of the United States must submit an official course-by-course evaluation from World Education Services (WES), 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.
Electronic documents may be directed to:
Paper documents may be mailed to:
St. Catherine University
Graduate Admission #4027
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that her or his application is completed by the deadline. Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.