Elementary I Montessori Education


The Master of Education in Elementary I Montessori Education within The Center for Montessori Education at Trine University can be completed in 12-15 months and prepares adult learners for a leadership role within a Montessori early childhood classroom, either in the public or private sector. There is a national demand for high quality early child care educators in the Northeast Indiana region and beyond, and interest is growing in the time-tested Montessori method that prepares children to develop into their best selves. Learners who complete this program enter the workforce with professional qualifications and depth of experience resulting from a nine-month clinical practicum following eight weeks of intensive academic study during the summer. The Master’s program culminates in a final Trine Online Leadership course on research methods.

Clinical Practicum:

Following completion of the eight-week academic phase, adult learners are supported to identify an approved Montessori classroom within which to complete a nine-month student teaching experience. This may be accomplished within the classroom of an experienced supervising teacher or, in some cases, the adult learner may complete a self-directed practicum with additional support by dedicated field supervisors and the program director. It is during this academic year that adult learners acquire experience presenting the Montessori hands-on materials, maintaining planning, observations, and academic recordkeeping, working with parent involvement, and developing strategies for maximizing learning potential in the children they serve.

Commitment to Diversity:

Trine University remains committed to cultivating diversity, inclusion and fairness. As a leading private institution of higher education, Trine fosters a culture of understanding, growth and inquiry; values the diverse qualities of its students, faculty and staff; promotes an inclusive environment free of discrimination and intolerance; and welcomes everyone.  Trine will not allow discrimination and will continue to grant admission and provide educational opportunities without regard to race, age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion or veteran status. The culture of Trine University dictates that these same standards of acceptance apply to all faculty, staff, alumni and community members.

Additional Information


  • The Center for Montessori Education application for enrollment for the summer 2024 cohort.
    • Applications are accepted starting January 10, 2024. Application deadline is April 1, 2024.
    • Application materials include resumé, official transcripts, copy of Government ID, copies of previous degrees and Montessori credentials, TOEFL scores (if applicable), references, and a personal interview.
    • Admissions announcements are made on or before May 1, 2024.
  • A background check will be required to enter the practicum phase.
  • For more information, contact The Center for Montessori Education director at montessori@trine.edu.

  2023-2024 (*Rates subject to review in fall of 2023)

Graduate program tuition: $525 – per credit hour *

Program Fees: $1400*

The mission of The Center for Montessori Education at Trine University is to advance equitable access to Montessori teacher preparation that elevates the child to the center of learning and the prepared environment to the center of engagement.

Program Goals:

  • Prepare adult learners to teach children ages 6-9 years in a Montessori setting.
  • Guide adult learners to recognize and value needs and tendencies of early childhood and the characteristics of child development that will ultimately contribute to their support of each child’s quest to reach full potential.
  • Increase awareness of Montessori education and support the development of current and future Montessori elementary I education programs.
  • Be a resource for school leaders and parents in the area of Montessori education.

The Center for Montessori Education at Trine University partners with The June Shelton School and Evaluative Center to provide substantial education in Montessori Applied to Children at Risk (MACAR), a program geared to support learning exceptionalities.

CMETU also partners with Oak Farm Montessori School in Avilla, IN, to provide connection to high-fidelity Montessori education as a model, expert instructors for the courses, and to support adult learners through their clinical experience in some cases.

We also offer six contact hours of Positive Discipline Training and six contact hours of Special Education instruction to further support adult learners in their work as Montessori teachers.

CMETU also has served numerous public and private schools in the area including Bunche and Towles Montessori public schools in Fort Wayne, Whitley County Public Schools in Columbia City, MSD Steuben County Public Schools in Angola, among others.

  • To provide adult learners with a historical perspective, the foundational understanding, and the theoretical basis of Dr. Maria Montessori’s work with children and adults.
  • To provide theoretical basis for and concrete hands-on experience with a curriculum that includes a wide variety of domestic tasks that serve to assist in children’s development.
  • To provide adult learners with curriculum and strategies for assisting children in the exploration of the senses and with sensorial application for acquiring knowledge.
  • To provide adult learners with a systematic and comprehensive approach to guiding children toward literacy.
  • To provide adult learners with a methodology for introducing basic principles and origins of counting, mathematical operations, the decimal system, and basic fractions to assist with human development, keys to brain development, and acquisition of culture.
  • To provide adult learners with a strong background in child development as the foundation for supporting work with children.
  • To support adult learners through the practicum phase of learning with consultations, practice opportunities, additional curricular content including parent partnership and education, year-long personal research project, practice practical examinations, and increase cohort collaboration in an effort to increase the likelihood of success during the clinical experience.
  • To provide adult learners with the perspective that the body of cultural studies includes physical and life sciences, geography, history, and the study of the world from the universe to human needs and culture—presented in an integrated holistic manner, aligned with the children’s stage of development and their ability to absorb and relate to the concepts.
  • To provide the adult learner with developmentally appropriate theory and practice in the areas of visual arts, music, and movement, with the intent that these subjects be addressed as distinct skill-building opportunities as well as to be integrated into all aspects of the classroom and outdoor experience for children.
  • To provide the adult learner with the theory, strategies, skills, and support to be proficient guides in the classroom, to be capable observers of children, to learn how to respond and adjust, to retain records and manage reporting, to develop positive interactions with parents, and to be accomplished at addressing the needs of children.
  • To provide adult learners the opportunity to put into practice the content learned during the academic phase while gaining concrete experience teaching, observing, managing, record-keeping, and leading in the classroom and learning first hand about working with colleagues, administration, and parents.
Service learning opportunities give the adult learner an opportunity to become acquainted with the Montessori community, with organizations that support Montessori education in the state and beyond, and to participate in the efforts to increase awareness of the principles behind the Montessori method. For example, you could join the Indiana Montessori organization, United Montessori Schools of Indiana and participate in one of their committees. You could participate in the annual Montessori conferences that occur locally and nationally, not only in service, but as an opportunity for your own continuing professional development. Finally, you can volunteer in a Montessori education program near you.
  • “I knew this was the right path for me and even though I know I still have a long way to go on my journey at Trine, I feel like I am armed with the right toolbox and resources to become a successful Montessori teacher and a Montessorian for life, thanks to this program!”
  • “Upon reflection, I can see the spiritual transformation has begun, and my life will never be the same.”
  • “Now I know, through the MACAR training, how to strategically address the particular needs of the at-risk child, how to support them in my classroom.”
  • “I also want to make note of how supportive ALL our instructors have been!”
  • “I have learned so much more as to what it means to take a step back and let each child be in control of their own learning.”
  • “Through the MACAR training, the vital point of meeting the needs of all learners was reiterated in a way that strengthened what I have already learned through undergrad and personal experiences in the classroom.”
  • “Thank you for providing us with professors that care and glow with passion of Montessori.”
  • “MACAR training has opened my eyes given me resources for continued learning and strategies I can use now to empower my students to be independent learners. This was a great addition to my Montessori training.”
  •  “The training that we received from MACAR allowed me to see that learners with all kinds of differences belong in a Montessori classroom.”


The Center for Montessori Education is fully accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council of Teacher Education (MACTE) and is affiliated by the American Montessori Society (AMS) for the early childhood and elementary I course levels

Montessori accreditation and affiliation requires a lengthy self-study, takes up to two years from inception, and includes the involvement of the founding cohort of adult learners, which is in process. Those interested in learning more or who have any questions may contact the program director at montessori@trine.edu.


For more information contact:

Laurie Stockton-Moreno
Director of The Center for Montessori Education at Trine University
(260) 665-4565
Franks School of Education
Trine University
1 University Avenue
Angola, Indiana

Program Information


Master of Education in Elementary I Montessori Education


36 hours



Campus Location

Angola, IN