Master of Education in Montessori Education

As Montessorians trained in the educational philosophy developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, the faculty and staff of Xavier's Montessori Institute prepare students to be master teachers who respect and support each child's unique development within a balanced social environment.

"Montessori emphasizes how children learn, rather than how we stuff learning into them." - Raymond McCoy, former dean of Xavier's graduate school, 1964

Montessori Education


Xavier's Montessori program is affiliated with the American Montessori Society (AMS) and is accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education.


On-campus Lab School for ages 3-12 provides student-teaching and observation.


The Xavier program has teacher preparation programs with partner schools in South Korea and China.

Montessori Program Design

  • Xavier established the first graduate Montessori teacher education program in the nation in 1965 and has been a leader ever since.
  • Xavier now offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in Montessori, teacher licensing and credentialing programs, a Lab School serving preschool through age 12, and up-to-date faculty research on Montessori methods.
  • Xavier's Montessori Institute is the go-to resource for best practices in Montessori education, materials and professional development support.

The Xavier Experience

  • Core—The MEd in Montessori Education requires 30 credit hours of coursework.
  • Credentials—The American Montessori Society Early Childhood and Elementary I Credentials and the Ohio Pre-Kindergarten and K-3 Licensure are offered in addition to the MEd.
  • Practicum—All students are required to participate in a practicum in an accredited American Montessori School.
  • Flexible schedules—Students may attend full time or part time.

Core education courses are offered at five Cincinnati area locations, making it even easier for students to take courses. The locations include:

  • Covington Catholic High School in Northern Kentucky.
  • Middletown Fenwick High School north of Xavier.
  • Wilmington High School, northeast of Xavier.
  • Oak Hills Professional Development Center west of Xavier.
  • Glen Este High School east of Xavier.
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