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
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.
Core education courses are offered at five Cincinnati area locations, making it even easier for students to take courses. The locations include:
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Cincinnati’s first Poet Laureate was a whiz-bang student from eastern Kentucky who left high school early to enroll at Antioch College’s campus in Beckley, W. Va. By the time Pauletta Hansel came to Xavier to study Montessori teaching, she was already writing poetry with the Southern Appalachian Writer’s Cooperative and working at a Montessori preschool. She says she's "still a Montessori teacher in a lot of ways."
Kathleen Farfsing could not believe what she was hearing. The workshop on how Montessori techniques open windows in the minds of people with dementia made so much sense, but it brought her so much pain as she recalled how her father declined rapidly in his failing state and then was gone forever. “I just sat in the back and cried,” she says.
All students gain the experience and required credentials and licensure preparing them to teach in public, private, Montessori and traditional schools.
All of Xavier's teaching licensure students pass their state exams (as of 2013).
Xavier opened the first graduate-level Montessori teacher education program in the country.