Undergraduate Program (BS)

Montessori Education

Learn Montessori from the pros. As the nation's leader in Montessori teacher education, Xavier knows how to make sure you're ready for the thrills and rewards of a Montessori classroom. From pink tower geometry and sandpaper letters to exploring the mysteries of the universe, you'll enjoy teaching as much as your pupils will enjoy learning.

Sample Four-Year Montessori Education Course Sequence

First Year

First Semester Semester Hours
ENGL 101 - English Composition 3
Foreign Language I 3
BIO 130/131 - Natural Science 3
CORE 100 - First year Seminar 3
EDFD 110 3
CORE 101: GOA Co-Curriculum Program I 0
Second Semester Semester Hours
EDUCATION 100 - Introduction to Education 3
FOREIGN LANGUAGE II 3
Historical Perspectives Elective 3
THEO 111 - Intro to Theology 3
PHYS 114/115 - Scientific Perspectives 3
CORE 102: GOA Co-Curriculum Program II 0

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sophomore

First Semester Semester Hours
MATH 201 - Foundations of Arithmetic 3
EDME 351 - Montessori Education: Philosophical Approach 3
EDME 364 - Early Childhood Montessori Methods 3
EDEC 210 - Early Childhood Development 3
Creative Perspectives Elective 3
PHIL 100 - Ethics as Introduction to Philosophy 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
EDEL 251 - Instructional Technology 3
EDSP 505 - Foundations in Early Childhood and Special Education 3
EDME 376 - Early Childhood Phonics 3
MATH 202 - Geometry and Measurement 3
THEO 200 - Theological Perspectives 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Junior

First Semester Semester Hours
ENGL 205 3
EDRE 312 - Reading Methods for Early Childhood 3
EDCH 324 - Children's Literature for Early Childhood 3
EDEL 260 - Cultural Diversity In Education 3
EDME 359 - Community and Advocacy in Education 3
EDME 354 - Montessori Language Arts & Reading Methods 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
EDRE 478 - Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Disabilities 3
EDME 250 - Methods of Observation of Children 3
EDEC 230 - Play in Early Childhood 3
EDME 377 - Early Childhood Math & Science 3
PHIL 200 - Philosophical Perspectives 0

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Senior

First Semester Semester Hours
E/RS elective 3
EDME 366 - Curriculum Design Teaching Strategies I: Early Childhood 3
EDME 474 - Montessori Early Childhood Practicum II 6
Second Semester Semester Hours
General Elective 3
EDME 367 - Curriculum Design Teaching Strategies II: Early Childhood 3
EDME 474 - Montessori Early Childhood Practicum II 6

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that’s both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Montessori Education major at Xavier:

Montessori Ed: Phil Approach (EDME 351) - This course allows students an in-depth study of Dr. Montessori’s pedagogical philosophy. Topics covered include: Montessori theory from infancy through adolescence, cosmic education, and spiritual education.

Montessori Language Arts and Read Meth (EDME 354) - Montessori materials, methods, and instructional strategies for the teaching of phonics, word study, creative writing, mechanics, grammar to the 6 to 9 year old child. Literature integrated across the curriculum unit of study developed. Lessons integrated with state and national academic content standards. Supplemental resources, assessments, and lesson plans created.

Early Childhood/Montessori Methods (EDME 364) - Instructional strategies for the development of the senses, gross motor, fine motor, independent living activities, art and music.

100% Montessori graduates pass the Ohio Assessment for Educators PK-3 and Early Childhood Education tests.

100%

Montessori graduates pass the Ohio Assessment for Educators PK-3 and Early Childhood Education tests.

Preparing tomorrow's Leaders in education

Montessori education is based on the idea that the best learning happens in supportive, experiential environments. Our well-rounded curriculum prepares you to teach practical life, art, music, movement, sensorial, math, language, geography, science and history in meaningful ways.

STAND OUT THAT'S THE XAVIER DIFFERENCE

BACK TO THE BEGINNING

Study abroad in a special summer program in Italy to see Casa Di Bambini, the school where Dr. Maria Montessori launched her world-renowned method.

EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS

Montessori education graduates aren't just qualified to teach in private and public schools. They also work for special children's programs in hospitals or become childcare center administrators.

LEARNING BY DOING

See how Montessori education works firsthand in our on-campus Montessori Lab School, founded in 1966. Head teachers in the Lab School are credentialed by the American Montessori Society (AMS) and licensed by the State of Ohio.

Double Major

A double major/dual license gives you with the ability to meet the needs of today's children. The Montessori approach and Special Education program give you the tools to support teaching for a diverse community.

Bachelor of Science: Montessori and Special Education
  • American Montessori Society early childhood credential, ages 3-6
  • Resident educators license (state), P-3rd grade
  • Early childhood intervention specialist license
Career opportunities in teaching:
  • Montessori teacher - public or private school
  • Traditional teacher - PreK-3rd grade public or private school
  • Early Childhood Intervention Specialist - public or private

You'll be certified as a Montessori teacher, traditional teacher and Early Childhood Intervention Specialist.

Xavier by the numbers

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SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN SOUTHWEST OHIO AND NORTHERN KENTUCKY PARTNER WITH US

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AVERAGE SIZE OF CLASSES

98%

PLACEMENT RATE

200+

HOURS OF FIELD EXPERIENCES EARNED IN URBAN, SUBURBAN AND RURAL SCHOOLS

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AFTER GRADUATION

Our students leave Xavier ready to enter the job market. Early Childhood Education graduates go on to work in

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public and private schools
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educational settings such as hospitals and child care centers
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outdoor education and nature centers