Montessori Education (MED)
Graduate Program (MEd)
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-impact environment.
Applications are accepted throughout the year from students with a bachelor's degree and a solid academic background. You may begin the program in the summer, fall, or spring term.
To apply for official acceptance as a degree-seeking student, submit the following application materials to the Office of Graduate Admission:
- the graduate application form
- one official transcript sent directly from the college/university to graduate services, of all previous undergraduate and graduate course work
- Official test scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) are required starting in Summer 2020. If you have previously taken the GRE and want to have your scores sent to Xavier, please contact GRE at 1-888-GRE-SCORE.
- three letters of recommendation
- a professional resume
- personal statement
In addition, applicants may be invited to attend a personal interview with the director of Montessori education.
Applications are processed immediately upon receiving all of the necessary materials, and you will be notified of your status as soon as possible. The admission committee considers all of the information contained in the admission application, including prior grades, test scores, and evidence of potential for success in graduate study.
Test waiver option
*All graduate students wishing to pursue their first (initial) teaching license at Xavier University are required to take the GRE.
Applicants to Graduate Programs in the School of Education Must Have:
- Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited university AND
- Admission test score
- State licensed teacher
- Pursuing a M.Ed. or M.S.Ed. without licensure
- Pursuing a principal or administration license
- Pursuing a second license or endorsement
- Pursuing a Montessori teaching credential only
*International students may have additional application requirements.
**This applies to Graduate Degree Programs in the School of Education, excluding Human Resource Development and Leadership Studies.
For questions regarding the application process, e-mail the Office of Graduate Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No state certification or Montessori certification is granted. For American Montessori Society (AMS) and Ohio Early Childhood Licensure see Licensure/Credential Curriculum.
Required Core Courses
|Course Name||Credit Hours|
|EDFD 500 History and Philosophy of American Education||3|
|EDSP 505 Foundations in E.C. Special Education||3|
|EDFD 505 Organization of Education Systems in the United States||3|
|EDFD 507 Educational Research||2|
|EDFD 508 Educational Research Paper*||1|
|EDME 551 Montessori Education: Philosophical Approach||3|
|EDME 563 Early Cognitive Development||3|
|EDME 550 Methods of Observation||3|
|Additional Montessori Coursework||12|
*The research paper should be completed in the area of early childhood education and an approved copy of the completed paper submitted to the director of the program for the departmental library.
An additional twelve hours of Montessori courses are also needed.
EDFD 500 - History and Philosophy of American Education
EDSP 505 - Foundations in E.C. Special Education
EDFD 505 - Organization of Education Systems in the United States
EDFD 507 - Educational Research
EDFD 508 - Educational Research Paper
EDME 551 - Montessori Education: Philosophical Approach
EDME 563 - Early Cognitive Development
EDME 550 - Methods of Observation
Tuition & Fees
|Tuition, per credit hour||Cost|
|MEd and Non-degree Licensure/Endorsement Students||$570|
|Catholic School Rate||$360|
|Student Fee, per semester|
|Graduate Student Association Fee, degree seeking full-time||$8|
|Graduate Student Association Fee, degree seeking part-time||$4|
The amounts listed are for the 2020-2021 academic year, and include classes from Summer 2020 though Spring 2021. For the full, official listing, please visit xavier.edu/costs. Xavier University reserves the right to correct any computational or clerical errors.
"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.
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 High School west of Xavier.
- Amelia Middle School east of Xavier.
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