Montessori Education

Program Features

Students majoring in Montessori Education study Dr. Maria Montessori's philosophy of education alongside current educational and child development practices. Graduates are certified to teach children from PreK-3rd grade using the Montessori philosophy in public or private Montessori and traditional schools. Xavier's nationally-known Montessori program grants an American Montessori Credential for pre-school and the Ohio State Early Childhood Licensure.

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Montessori Education major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • ENGL 101 - English Composition............ 3cr.
  • second language I............ 3cr.
  • BIO 130/131 - Natural Science............ 3cr.
  • CORE 100 - First year Seminar............ 3cr.
  • EDFD 110............ 3cr.
  • CORE 101: GOA Co-Curriculum Program I............ 0cr.

Spring

  • EDUCATION 100 - Introduction to Education............ 3cr.
  • second language II............ 3cr.
  • Historical Perspectives Elective............ 3cr.
  • THEO 111 - Intro to Theology............ 3cr.
  • PHYS 114/115 - Scientific Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • CORE 102: GOA Co-Curriculum Program II............ 0cr.

Fall

  • MATH 201 - Foundations of Arithmetic............ 3cr.
  • EDME 351 - Montessori Education: Philosophical Approach............ 3cr.
  • EDME 364 - Early Childhood Montessori Methods............ 3cr.
  • EDEC 210 - Early Childhood Development............ 3cr.
  • Creative Perspectives Elective............ 3cr.
  • PHIL 100 - Ethics as Introduction to Philosophy............ 3cr.

Spring

  • EDEL 251 - Instructional Technology............ 3cr.
  • EDSP 505 - Foundations in Early Childhood and Special Education............ 3cr.
  • EDME 376 - Early Childhood Phonics............ 3cr.
  • MATH 202 - Geometry and Measurement............ 3cr.
  • THEO 200 - Theological Perspectives............ 3cr.

Fall

  • ENGL 205............ 3cr.
  • EDRE 312 - Reading Methods for Early Childhood............ 3cr.
  • EDCH 324 - Children's Literature for Early Childhood............ 3cr.
  • EDEL 260 - Cultural Diversity In Education............ 3cr.
  • EDME 359 - Community and Advocacy in Education............ 3cr.
  • EDME 354 - Montessori Language Arts & Reading Methods............ 3cr.

Spring

  • EDRE 478 - Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Disabilities............ 3cr.
  • EDME 250 - Methods of Observation of Children............ 3cr.
  • EDEC 230 - Play in Early Childhood............ 3cr.
  • EDME 377 - Early Childhood Math & Science............ 3cr.
  • PHIL 200 - Philosophical Perspectives............ 0cr.

Fall

  • E/RS Elective............ 3cr.
  • EDME 366 - Curriculum Design Teaching Strategies I: Early Childhood............ 3cr.
  • EDME 474 - Montessori Early Childhood Practicum II............ 6cr.

Spring

  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • EDME 367 - Curriculum Design Teaching Strategies II: Early Childhood............ 3cr.
  • EDME 474 - Montessori Early Childhood Practicum II............ 6cr.

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 320) - 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.

Clubs

Montessori Education Club

The Montessori Education Club works to build a sense of community for Montessori majors both on and off campus through monthly events that incorporate trust, reflection, inspiration, investigation and service. The club is a great place for Montessori and other education majors to get together and network.

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Outcomes

98% of students from Xavier's Montessori Education program graduates are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduating. 

Top Jobs: Montessori Head Teacher, Intervention Specialist, Co-teacher, Lead Teacher

Top Employers: Cincinnati Public Schools, Dayton Public Schools, The Summit Country Day, Good Shepherd Montessori, Prince of Peace Montessori, Central Montessori Academy, Mercy Montessori 

Explore Xavier Alumni Outcomes

All For One

Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Lab School

Student earning their Montessori degree sitting with two young children

Montessori Education majors gain hands-on experience in the Lab School, one of many classroom settings in the Cincinnati region where students do their student-teaching.


Lab School

Career Options

Alumni working in a classroom after earning their Montessori degree

Students in the Montessori program graduate with both a Montessori credential and Prek-5 licensure, providing them with multiple career opportunities to teach in public or private Montessori or traditional schools.


Certified Program

Three Montessori Education students developing a lesson plan for students

The Xavier Montessori Teacher Education Program is accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education and is affiliated by the American Montessori Society.


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Natalie Sinak is a senior Occupational Therapy major at Xavier University. Last year, she was one of five Xavier students working at St. Charles, where administrators have adopted Xavier’s Montessori approach toward dementia care for their elderly clients.

Montessori Education Major at Xavier University

Xavier’s Montessori Teacher Education program was the first in the nation to offer Montessori training to graduate students, beginning in 1965. It now offers a full range of Montessori programs for undergraduate and graduate students that are enhanced by its Lab School and professional development offerings in the Xavier Montessori Institute. Graduates have broad employment opportunities with their Montessori credentials and traditional licensure that prepare them to teach in public, private, Montessori or traditional schools as well as other educational settings.

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Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."